Big OT Tristan Nickelson weighs options


Calling offensive tackle Tristan Nickelson (League City, Texas/Clear Falls) a big man is an understatement.

At 6-foot-8 and 295 pounds, Nickelson towers over nearly everyone he lines up against as an offensive lineman. What college coaches seem to like is that, as big as he is, he definitely could get a lot bigger and not have it hurt him.

“I’ve been told I don’t look 295. I’m pretty slim for being as heavy as I am,” Nickelson said. “Coaches say it won’t hurt my hip flexibility or my leverage. I’ve been working with that for three years, and I’ve been able to get that down.”

Nickelson’s size, skill and other intangibles have attracted interest from coast to coast. He has offers from Arkansas, Arizona State, Texas Tech, Purdue, SMU and Houston, and he has received interest from Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Auburn, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Nickelson said he will take his first official visit to Wisconsin the weekend of Nov. 17, when the Badgers host Ohio State. No other visits have been scheduled. As for unofficial visits, Nickelson has been to Auburn three times, as well as Virginia Tech.

“I’m real excited for that,” Nickelson said of the trip to Wisconsin. “I think it’s going to be an awesome game. I don’t know if I’d made my decision by then. I’m just playing everything by ear at this point.”