#54 LB Nico Sawtelle - Redshirt Junior, 6’2”, 222 lbs.
Newly minted MLB Nico Sawtelle talks about his transition inside and the USF defense pic.twitter.com/kBGcExIbhE— Bulls247.com (@Bulls247) April 3, 2018
2017: Sawtelle took advantage of his first full season as a starter, proving to be one of the revelations in the defense’s resurgence under Brian Jean-Mary. Playing alongside Auggie Sanchez, he finished fourth on the team with 54 tackles (4.5 for loss), two interceptions, 1.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery.
Woo! Awesome diving pick from Nico Sawtelle. pic.twitter.com/qk87xuJsoe— Ryan T. Smith (@RyanSmithWrites) August 27, 2017
2016: Sawtelle played in 11 games, only missing action against Memphis and SMU. He recorded 16 tackles, and recovered the fumble that Josh Black caused on the next-to-last play of the Towson game.
2015: Nico redshirted.
How He Came To USF: Nico played at Jensen Beach High School, near Port St. Lucie and Stuart on the Atlantic coast of Florida. In his last two years as a Falcon, Sawtelle collected 286 tackles and 23 sacks, and as a senior in 2014, he was named to the Class 6A all-state third team. Nico committed to USF after starring at the Bulls' Saturday Night Live Camp in July 2014, and stuck with them to signing day.
Recruiting Rankings: 247, ESPN, and Rivals gave Nico three stars. Scout gave him two stars.