Under-the-radar Florida prospect Tahveon Nicholson stars on offense, defense and special teams

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Lee High School in Jacksonville (Fla.) is off to a strong start on the 2017 season, moving to 3-0 on Thursday night after a 35-20 win over Mandarin. While there are many well-known playmakers on the Generals’ offense, like quarterback Derrick Jones and wide receiver Jurial Caldwell, a new star is emerging.

Class of 2019 athlete Tahveon Nicholson proved against the Mustangs that he will be a continuing threat for Lee over the next two seasons. Nicholson defined versatility on Thursday, lining up in the back field and out wide, accounting for two touchdowns in the Generals’ victory.

Nicholson wasn’t just limited to offensive touches on Thursday, as he was also one of the main kick returners for the Generals, as well as being thrown in at defensive back in certain packages. Nicholson came down with a huge interception toward the end of the game to seal the win for his team.

While Nicholson is still early in his recruiting process, he has already begun to receive attention from FBS programs.

“Cincinnati and Rutgers,” Nicholson told GN. “They’ve reached out.”

More FBS interest should continue to rack up for Nicholson this season, and he already holds an offer from a D-II program, Valdosta State. Nicholson shed some light on how Valdosta, and potentially other teams, could use him at the next level.

“I’m thinking wide receiver,” Nicholson said. “I talk to (Valdosta State) every now and then. I went to one of their camps and I was playing wide receiver. They liked me there.”

Nicholson explained that he is willing to do whatever his team wants him to do at the next level, no matter what the position. But if he had to choose, he does have a slight preference.

“I like playing offense,” Nicholson said. “Slot or running back – really running back. I know I’m good there.”

Nicholson definitely excelled on offense against the Mustangs, although his favorite, and most impactful play, came on defensive side of the ball.

“It was the pick,” Nicholson said. “It was at the end of the game and I caught a big time pick, made a big time play.”

Nicholson is a very intriguing prospect to watch on a Lee team that is full of stars. His development over the next two seasons will be something that collegiate programs will surely keep a close eye on.

RELATED: Class of 2019 WR Jurial Caldwell excited to have offer from Auburn

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