May 30, 2024

WholeHogSports - Tennessee transfer O-lineman leaves Arkansas after 'great'  visit

Addison Nichols, a redshirt freshman offensive lineman from Tennessee, was pleased with the coaches and the business prospects in the region after his official visit to Arkansas. Speaking with offensive line coach Eric Mateos and coach Sam Pittman of the Razorbacks was the transfer’s favorite part of the trip, he said, calling the visit “great.”

After departing Fayetteville on Sunday, Nichols remarked, “It was really impressive.” This place taught me a lot more than I had anticipated. Everything is around. I had no idea there was so much business and growth in this area. Beyond football, the program and the school are very remarkable.

The 6-5, 327-pound Nichols participated in all of the Vols’ regular-season games in 2023 and just two in 2022 as a freshman. He can play guard as well as center.

Nichols, a business finance major, was pleased with the companies in Northwest Arkansas.

According to Nichols, “I wasn’t really expecting so much business and after-college opportunities here.” “I didn’t realize Walmart had a presence here.” The opportunities that arise from that are simply amazing.

For the Razorbacks, the Sam M. Walton School of Business seems to be an advantage.

“It was excellent,” he remarked. “Unfortunately, I didn’t get to experience the entire thing because yesterday was graduation. However, the individuals who went over there did an excellent job of showing us around and explaining everything. Although we weren’t able to see everything in the trading center, we still learned a lot about it, which was excellent.”

As a senior at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Georgia, he was rated as high as the No. 8 interior offensive lineman and No. 111 overall prospect in the country in the 2022 class. He was a unanimous 4-star prospect.

Despite offers from Florida, Ohio State, Georgia, Southern Cal, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Michigan, and other universities, he decided to enroll at the Vols. He is still eligible for the next three years.

Nichols traveled to Clemson and Georgia Tech over the past weekend before arriving in Fayetteville late on Friday night. He had a straightforward response when asked how the visit affected Arkansas’s chances with him.

“Very impressive,” Nichols commented, anticipating a decision in the near future.


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