Name: Josh Nichols
Weight: 165 lbs.
High school: Detroit (MI) Loyola
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Nichols was a senior in high school.
TTB Rating: N/A
Air Force and Navy both gave Nichols opportunities to play for them, but he decided to stay home and play for the Wolverines. He was a 247 Sports 2-star and the #255 athlete in the country. I really do think Nichols is one of the top few walk-ons Michigan has brought in over the past several years. The only limiting factor for him is a lack of size if he is indeed only 5’10” (or perhaps even shorter if 5’10” is a stretch). Otherwise, Nichols would be a 3-star recruit or higher.
He’s a heat-seeking missile who’s not afraid of contact despite his lack of bulk, and he’s not slow, either. At the very least, he should be a very good special teams player. I think he’s a better player than Caden Kolesar, who’s a special teams stalwart and has worked himself up to the periphery of the safety depth chart. Nichols has to add some size and has a bunch of players ahead of him, so he will have to bide his time. I expect him to redshirt this fall.
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