Everett Nicholas (#2) played as a defensive back for Mississippi State Valley University. Nicholas grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and attended Cedar Grove High School. Nicholas was not only a part of the football program in high school but was also a member of both the track and basketball programs. Nicholas was a regional champ in the 400 and state champ in the 4×400. Nicholas was also All-State and All-County in high school.
Nicholas had a very successful career at Mississippi Valley State University but that isn’t where his collegiate career started. Nicholas started his collegiate career playing at Tennessee State. Nicholas didn’t see much time at Tennessee State University as he played in one game when he was a redshirt freshman and made one stop. Nicholas was primarily used as the nickel and on special teams. Following his freshman season Nicholas transferred to Mississippi Valley following the season and made an immediate impact on the team. During the 2016 season, Nicholas made 24 tackles, 4 TFL, 6 pass deflections and 4 interceptions. During the 2017 season, Nicholas was all over the field as he covered 118 snaps, had 3 interceptions for 60 yards, 12 break-ups and 17 passes defended on just 30 targets. Nicholas also allowed 0 touchdowns during the season and had 28 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. Nicholas was named All-SWAC as well as All-American. Nicholas only allowed 2 touchdowns during his two year career at Mississippi Valley State. Nicholas reflected on his success during his time as MVSU and said ,“my experience on the field was like no other. From the fans to the cheerleaders to the band, it was amazing. I was feeding off their energy to play hard every down I was on the field.”
Nicholas mentioned is toughest matchup came up against Chad Williams who played for Grambling State at the time. Williams is currently a member of the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL. Nicholas talked about his preparation and said, “I just watched a lot of film that week and studied the small things he likes to do and how he was going to run his routes.” Nicholas also mentioned that for him to have a big game like that had meant a lot because Williams was a big time receiver. Nicholas ended up having 3 tackles and an interception against Grambling State in 2016.
Nicholas is currently preparing to participate in the Mississippi Valley State pro day as he looks to impress NFL scouts one final time prior to the draft in April. Nicholas mentioned his focus during his preparation has been his 40 yard time. Nicholas said, “I feel like if I have a great 40 I would have a good chance to get into somebody’s rookie camp.” Nicholas has proved during his two seasons at Mississippi Valley that he is good in either coverage whether it be man or zone. Nicholas also proved to be very mobile and has fast hips as he has often stayed with his receivers. Also proving to have good hands and solid tackling ability I believe that Nicholas will find himself on a team come next season.