Recruiting season is in full swing not only for college football, but for basketball as well. With that in mind, USC is right in the thick of things. Late Sunday night, 2017 four-star small forward David Nickelberry (Windermere Prep. Windermere, FL) gave insight into who has been recruiting him the toughest. As noted by Chance Linton of 247Sports, two schools have stuck out for Nickelberry: USC and Florida State.
Nickelberry is the No. 87 player in his class, the No. 17 small forward, and the No. seven overall player in the state of California per the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
When asked why both schools were at the top of his list, he mentioned the coaching staffs, and as he told 247’s Jerry Meyer, USC’s staff really made an impression on him.
"Coach (Chris) Capko, he was the FIU coach, he’s been watching me and he’s always been there for me as a coach, always telling me to improve and helping me on my game, giving me a little advice and stuff like that. But he’s been in contact with me the most; he’s been recruiting me for two years now, so we got pretty close. I love the facilities they have, great coaching staff, coach (Andy Enfield) over there, he's a great guy."
Nickelberry will take visits to both USC and FSU in the fall, something that Trojan fans should keep an eye on.
He would be a tremendous pickup for the Trojans. He has the ability to create shots particularly off the dribble and can use his speed in a man-to-man defense to drive into the lane. Showing tremendous passing ability as well, it appears he has all the tools to lead an offense. His playmaking ability combined with his size could make him an instant threat in the Pac-12.
Currently, the Trojans have no commitments in their ’17 class and Nickelberry would be a tremendous building block and a player that could ignite the program.