Nick Davidson transferred to Eden Prairie High School in Minnesota from North Carolina this fall and immediately became an impact player for one of the state's top schools. However, an injury derailed his year.
"My season went pretty well, but I got injured, he said. "I broke my ankle in the third game of the playoffs. [Rehabiliation] is going really well."
Davidson says he does not expect any lingering effects from the injury and, despite missing the latter part of the year, was still a First Team All-State selection.
At 6'6, 280 lbs., Davidson is one of the nation's premiere offensive tackle recruits. He has that frame and tenacity and is ahead of the curve technically. His father, Jeff Davidson, is the offensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings, but Nick says football technique is surprisingly not an integral part of their relationship.
"We don't have as much of a coach-player relationship as most people think we do," he explained. "I go to my own coaches for a lot of that, so I don't go to him for that as much as some people would think."
But Dad will be involved in helping Nick make his college decision. In fact, taking visits has been delayed until the Vikings finish their season.
"I'm trying to set up official visits for the first three weeks of January, then I want to make a decision as soon as possible," he said. "The reason I'm waiting until then is so my dad can come see the schools with me."
In those three weeks, Davidson wants to squeeze in as much as possible so he can make an informed decision shortly thereafter.
"I said three weeks, but I actually want to try to visit four schools: Ohio State, Oregon, Colorado and Clemson. I already visited Stanford."
The visit to Stanford happened during the year, and Davidson said, "It went well, but I don't have anything to compare it to yet though."
Both of Nick's parents are Ohio State graduates, and he has admitted that his family all are fans of the Buckeyes. That said, he reiterates that he will still make the decision that's best for him, and he will be able to better discern that once he has met Urban Meyer and his staff.
"I haven't spoken to any of the new coaches yet," Davidson said. "I did talk to the O-Line coach. I talked to him right after the changes happened."
When he does make his choice, Davidson says it won't be one factor that swings him to one place or another.
"I'm looking for a school with good academics that I feel comfortable at but also a school with a good football team that will win championships."