December 19, 2013

Nicholson talks commitment has quotes from the newest member of the class of 2014, Montae Nicholson of Gateway High School in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Nicholson statement:

"I really liked the coaches. I formed bonds with not only my recruiting coach but the staff as a whole. It wasn't just them trying to wow me with everything up there; they were very honest with everything they had to offer. And it wasn't just about the coaches, either; the academics are very important to me as well."

And the players:

"I liked what I saw between each player and the bonds. I felt like I would fit in very well."

Which side of the ball?

"I'll be playing primarily defense, but they want me to come play offense as well."

Opportunity to play offense help?

"Not really; I like defense better. But I like being on the field. I like playing football. If they want me to play offense, that's what I'll do. I'm a big advocate for 'one team,' and I'll do what I can to get on the field and help my team out.

Other schools saying offense?

"Every school was telling me that I could play offense because of my tape, but Michigan State was very clear that they wanted me to play both sides. And Oregon was strictly offense."

Difficult decision?

"I did go back and forth with it. A lot, actually. This decision, it was very difficult, honestly, just because of the relationships that I built with each school, the players and the coaches as well. But in the end, I felt like Michigan State was right for me because, overall, it beat everybody else. The only thing I have to get used to is the cold, but I'm from Pittsburgh."

Advice to other players getting recruited:

"Take your time. Don't rush anything at all. When the time is right, the time is right. It is very taxing, but in the end, I feel a huge weight lifted off."

More on why Michigan State:

"I built a great relationship with the coaches and the players as well. A few of them are from Erie and around western Pa., and I just enjoyed myself up there a lot. I felt like it was right for me, with the academics and the athletics and what they're doing up there."

On Michigan State making a push this fall:

"Some things changed with my recruiting and I decided to take my first official visit up to Michgian State, and I just had a tremendous time up there."

Which coaches did you connect with?

"I built relationships with all of the coaches, but my recruiting coach was Mark Staten, and I have a tremendous relationship with him, as well as my DB coach, Coach Barnett, and the receiver coach, Coach Samuel, and Coach Dantonio. I talked to Coach Dantonio last night and I told him and we were both fired up about it."

On sharing the commitment with family

"It's a great feeling, just to share it with the people that I love and people that love me and my school and everything. Honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way."

A relief to be done?

"A little bit. It's a little bit of weight (off). But now I have to go into camp and everything and work my butt off so I can get on the field."

On plans to run track at Michigan State and coaches thoughts:

"It helps my speed in track and field. Honestly, I don't think I would be this fast if it wasn't for track. Oh, yes. They actually want me to run track because they think it will be good."

Other facts:

Nicholson is planning to major in possibly civil or mechanical engineering

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