Saint Louis’ Nichols getting D-I football looks

Saint Louis tight end Tristan Nichols will be going to play football at Pima Community College in Arizona next fall, and he’s been getting attention from Division I colleges, according to his dad, Tre Nichols.

Tristan Nichols, who is 6 feet 4 and 220 pounds, is busy playing basketball for the top-ranked Crusaders this season. The transfer from Maui High was a state-tournament participant in basketball and football for the Sabers in 2014-15. As a senior, he was part of the state Division I runner-up Saint Louis football team.

According to Tre Nichols, Colorado, Arizona, Hawaii and Delaware have shown an interest in Tristan after junior college.

“Jim Monaco, the Pima coach, says that if Tristan gets his grades up, he’ll be out of junior college by Christmas time,” Tre Nichols said.

Part of the reason Tristan Nichols transferred to Saint Louis was to get NCAA ready for football and for his grades, according to the dad.

“He loves playing tight end, but they’re interested in him as a defensive end,” he added.

At Pima, Nichols will unite with his step-brother Nino Alibegic, a place-kicker who went to Rocky Mountain High in Idaho.

“Nino was shopping for schools and so Tristan mentioned him to coach Monaco, and he told him to bring ’em,” Tre Nichols said..

>> In other recruiting news, Mililani offensive lineman Andru Tovi, who is 6-3 and 325 pounds, is no longer committed to Utah State and is taking an official visit to San Diego State this weekend.

>> Kaiser assistant coach Richard Torres said defensive end Chance Kalaugher is being looked at by Hawaii and it’s possible that if he lands an offer he would also walk on to the basketball team.

Kalaugher, who is 6-6 and 225 pounds, is a post player this winter for the Cougars, who are ranked No. 2 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10. He was the Division II basketball player of the year as a junior, when he led Kaiser to the D-II state championship.

When it comes to football, Torres called Kalaugher is a “raw athlete.”

“He didn’t play football as a junior and he came out late for football as a senior. When he wanted to, he dominated,” Torres said.


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