2016 punter Brandon Nickle originally planned to become a walk on for the Virginia Tech Hokies back in April. According to Twitter, he’s changed his mind and will stay home, as he’s flipped from Virginia Tech to the Tennessee Volunteers.
Blessed to say that I will be continuing my education and football career at The University of Tennessee! ????⚪️ pic.twitter.com/T4juQsKq7H
— Brandon Nickle (@bnickle3) July 30, 2016
He wrote via the prospect-favorite iPhone notes:
“First off, I would like to thank God for the kicking abilities that he has given me. None of this would have been possible without Him. I would also like to thank my family, coaches and friends. Over the past few weeks it looked as if I might not be able to continue my football career in college. However, I was lucky enough to be recruited once again by my dream school. I feel extremely blessed to announce that I will be continuing my education and football career at the University of Tennessee!”
Nickle, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound recruit from Oak Ridge, Tenn. (Oak Ridge) had a handful of schools to choose from in Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Tennessee State, Toledo, Middle Tennessee, and Oklahoma State. He originally committed to the Hokies back on April 11th but did not enroll over the summer as a member of the 2016 class. Kohls Kicking marks Nickle as the No. 9 punter in the 2016 class.
The Volunteers and head coach Butch Jones closed out the 2016 recruiting cycle with the No. 7 rank in the Southeastern Conference but the No. 14 class overall. It’ll be another season filled with hype for the Volunteers, who are already being chosen by a few media outlets as the potential frontrunners in the SEC in 2016.