Dominic “Nic” Addison, arguably the most athletically gifted player in Hillsborough County prep football will play for Bethune-Cookman University next fall. He informed me that he will head to Daytona Beach this weekend for a face-to-face visit with Wildcat head coach Brian Jenkins where he will confirm his commitment to them. The 6’3” 180-pound dual threat Spoto High senior can do it all on the gridiron. He completed 24 TD passes as the Spartan QB last season but will be a shutdown cornerback, the position he prefers, at BCU. He ended his high school career with seven interceptions, including one plus a fumble recovery versus state power Plant, but most teams did not dare throw in his direction.
Addison endured a disastrous trip to the University of New Mexico this past weekend that culminated in the bumbling Lobo coaching staff rescinding their scholarship offer. Spoto head coach Dale Caparaso told me he was informed on Sunday by a Lobo assistant via phone that they now were taking two linemen and no longer had room for an offer to Addison. Nic was still in Albuquerque with his mother and father when this call was made to coach Caparaso. So instead of giving the news that he would no longer be offered to Addison directly, they relied on coach Caparaso to do the dirty work. According to Addison it cost his parents “over $800” to fly with him to Albuquerque.
He said his mother is still furious but Nic seemed to take it in stride, saying, “It’s just business.” Coach Caparaso, however, was shocked. He vented, “I don’t have a problem with New Mexico needing to go in a different direction but I have a problem with the way they went about doing it one week prior to signing day. Obviously they have no character, and no accountability and that’s why New Mexico was 1-12[sic].”
Addison had previously given BCU a verbal commitment in November, but then reconsidered his options and agreed to take an official visit to New Mexico. According to Caparaso, Ole Miss never offered Addison.
He joins 2010 Florida Mr. Football: Jefferson quarterback Quentin Williams, and Armwood offensive lineman Kevin Williams as Bay area players committed to Bethune-Cookman. This infusion of premium talent from Hillsborough County should have the Wildcats in prime position to repeat as MEAC champions.