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Connally’s Jordan Nichols (back) breaks up a pass intended for China Spring’s Erik Hart last season. Nichols announced Friday that he plans to sign with North Texas.

Connally safety Jordan Nichols is Division I-bound, as the Class of 2020 player announced his commitment to North Texas on Friday.

Nichols (6-0, 180) is ranked as a three-star prospect by He made 53 tackles and one interception last year for the Cadets.

Nichols announced his decision on Twitter after making a visit to North Texas.

He is the third incoming Connally senior to make a pledge to a Division I school, along with offensive lineman Trent Pullen (Oklahoma State) and running back Jay’veon Sunday (Washington), the reigning Super Centex Offensive Player of the Year.

Defensive back Korie Black is expected to make it four commitments for the Cadets, as he is planning to announce his decision on June 22, his 17th birthday, according to Connally head coach Shane Anderson. Black is a three-star prospect who has offers from multiple Division I programs, including Baylor, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Kansas State, among others.

Cowboys’ Gathers suspended for season opener

Dallas Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers has been suspended by the NFL for the first game of the 2019 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Gathers will still be able to participate in all offseason and preseason activities leading up to the suspension, the Cowboys announced Friday. He was arrested last September on a drug paraphernalia charge, and agreed to a deal in March that knocked the charge to a Class C misdemeanor.

Gathers was an all-conference basketball player at Baylor who declared for the 2016 NFL Draft, despite not having played football since middle school. He is currently fourth on the Cowboys’ tight end depth chart.

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