Nickolas Null, who was the Herald's first-team All-Area kicker and punter this season, verbally committed to Cornell via Twitter on Tuesday, eight days ahead of National Signing Day and two days after spending a weekend in Ithaca, N.Y., for an official visit.
The Manatee specialist made all 44 of his extra-point attempts this year and sunk 8-of-11 field goals, including a 4-for-4 performance against Orlando Oak Ridge in the Class 8A-Region 2 quarterfinals. Null also made a career-long 52-yarder in the win against Oak Ridge and was selected as the second-team All-State kicker in December. As a punter, Null averaged 37.7 yards on 35 attempts with a long of 76. He also recorded 43 touchbacks on 66 kickoffs. He is committing to the Big Red as a punter and will also compete for a kicking job.
Null can make his commitment to the Ivy League school official Wednesday as part of National Signing Day. Ivy schools are part of the Football Championship Subdivision, but don't take part in the FCS playoffs.
The senior is the second Hurricane to pledge to a Division I team during the past week. Safety Travon Rumph verbally committed to Savannah State on Saturday during an official visit to the Georgia school.