Defensive Lineman
Height 6'2"
Weight 220
Year Sophomore
Hometown Peoria, Ariz.
High School Centennial H.S.
Major Enrolled at Columbia College
Experience High School
School: CC
Birthdate July 13, 1998




Did not see any game action as a first-year defensive lineman.




A 2017 graduate of Centennial High School in Peoria, Ariz., where he played three years of varsity football for head coach Richard Taylor … Selected to the American Family Insurance All-Arizona Football Team … Named the AZNFF Defensive Player of the Year … Two-time All-West Valley Prep Team selection and earned Area Defensive Player of the Year honors … Named the Curly Culp Defensive Lineman of the Year Award … Named to 247 Football All-State Team … Two-time Class 5A All-Region First Team selection … Earned All-State Academic Team honors … Two-way player at both defensive line and tight end … Ranked second on team with 79 total tackles (56 solo), 11.5 sacks, 24.5 tackles for loss, two caused fumbles and eight quarterback hurries and caught seven passes for 134 yards and a touchdown as a senior … Led the Coyotes to a Class 5A state runner-up finish, 13-2 record, perfect 5-0 conference record … Registered eight tackles in state title game loss to Williams Field, 14-6 … Named team captain as a senior … Finished with 11 tackles and 2.5 sacks vs. Desert Edge … Made 11 tackles and two sacks vs. Liberty … Made 10 tackles, including six for loss and three sacks vs. Apollo … Made nine tackles vs. Westwood … Finished his junior season with 59 tackles (35 solo), 13 sacks, 24 tackles for loss and six quarterback hurries, including seven tackles for loss and eight sacks in the playoffs alone and caught 15 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns as a tight end … Led the Coyotes to the Class 5A Division I state championship, its second consecutive, No. 1 state ranking and 12-2 overall record as a junior … Finished with 2.5 sacks vs. Basha … Made six tackles and 2.0 sacks vs. Mountaine Pointe … Made four tackles and two sacks vs. Hamilton … Coyotes defeated Goodyear Desert Edge 21-6 for the title … Played on varsity as both a freshman and sophomore … Made four tackles with a sack and two quarterback hurries, caught nine passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore … Helped lead Centennial to state championship, 12-2 record as a sophomore … Ranked a three-star recruit by, two-star recruit by … Played two years on the basketball team.




Born Andrew Nathan Nichols on July 13, 1998 … Son of Dave and Carol Nichols … Has a brother David … Played on a Pop Warner team in eighth grade, the Arizona Grand Snakes, that captured a national title on national television … Enjoys vacationing in Cancun, Mexico with his family … Hobbies and interests include go-cart racing and zip-lining … Favorite food is Mexican and tacos … Models his game after the Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt … Committed to Columbia on February 1, 2017 … Chose Columbia for the education, location, people and the difference he can make on the football team … Selected Columbia over offers from Harvard, Northwestern, Princeton, Dartmouth, Brown, Cornell, Penn, Yale, Army West Point, Navy, Air Force, Idaho, Northern Arizona, Wyoming and UC-Davis with interest from Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, Duke … Enrolled at Columbia College … Plans to major in economics or business with a goal of working on Wall Street.


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