Commit Capsules: Nico Law

February 16, 2011

Written by Jon Miller

Nico Law
Defensive Back
Bishop McNamara HS
Clinton, MD
6-1/180
Scout.com Profile | Rivals.com Profile

OFFERS: Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, NC State, Rutgers, Purdue, Virginia, West Virginia and others.

STAR GAZING: Scout.com rates Law as a four star prospect while Rivals.com lists him with three stars.

QUOTABLE: “I felt like the school was the complete package. There was no need to visit any other. I had visited almost every [other] school that offered me unofficially. I felt this school was a complete fit.” -Nico Law to The Washington Post

“In my style of play I really don’t look at size. To me it’s all about heart and faith. I got a big heart so I plan to fulfill my aspirations. Each person on the field puts their clothes on just like me, why can’t I be the best on the field? I’m not really concerned with my size because when I go to college they are going to easily put 20 or more pounds on me. I’m going to workout twice a day and work on areas such as my speed and strength.” Nico Law

JON’S TAKE: Law and his family picked a good weekend to visit Iowa. They drove from Maryland to Iowa City for the Hawkeye’s 37-6 thrashing of Michigan State. On the ride back home, he called Iowa to verbally commit to them and was a prominent role in Iowa’s east coast recruiting efforts the rest of the way.

He might be one of the more ‘well known’ prospects by the time he arrives on campus as he is a popular ‘follow’ on twitter. He is full of personality, what with his own online ‘radio’ broadcast.

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When I watch his film, I see the makings of a strong safety. He’s a player that can improve on his overall quickness, but he is not shy about contact. He has a nose for the football and when he comes up on a play, it’s at full speed.

He doesn’t look like a speedster on film, but that sort of thing can work itself out with a year or two in the Iowa Strength and Conditioning program. Straight ahead speed does not seem to be an issue with Nico, rather, lateral quickness is something he can improve on.

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In an interview I read, Law says he has ‘competitive speed’. I am guessing he is talking about how well you run on the field to make plays vs how you run in gym shorts with a stopwatch. I can see that after watching a few highlight reels. You don’t have to be a blazer to be a very good strong safety in Iowa’s system.

The 2011 NFL combine is approaching, and my guess is Tyler Sash is not going to wow NFL Scouts with his stopwatch numbers. But he had an excellent career at Iowa.

Along those lines, Law’s tape might not jump off the page, but then again the kid had more than 20 scholarship offers. Sometimes, the tape doesn’t tell the entire story, at least to folks like me that don’t evaluate it for a living.

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Law played OLB in high school, and those pursuit instincts will serve him well at Iowa.

High school honors – – First team all-state, first team WCAC all-conference, second team all-metro, Big School second team defense and Catholic All-American third team as a senior . . . second team WCAC all-conference and honorable mention Big School all-state as a junior . . . Career – – led team with 106 tackles as a senior, 31 tackles for loss and four interceptions, while playing both cornerback and safety . . . also scored three touchdowns as wide receiver . . . finished with 67 tackles, four QB sacks and two interceptions as a junior . . . helped team to the playoffs in 2009, finishing with an 8-3 record . . . team captain as a senior . . . lettered in both football and track.

Personal – – Born 5/12/93 . . . given name is Nicholas . . . open major . . . member of prep Honor Roll, graduating cum laude . . . parents are Melody and Harry Thornton . . . high school coach was Bryce Bevill.

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