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Sunday, June 30, 2013
Nicholson can relate to Penn State

By Derek Tyson

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- ESPN 300 athlete Montae Nicholson (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) has offers from some of the top programs in the country. Though he claims no favorites, he admits there are several school that he speaks with more often than others.

"I've been talking to Stanford, Michigan, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Miami, West Virginia, Oregon, Temple, Penn State, Pittsburgh -- those schools primarily," he said. "Those are the schools I talk to the most."

Nicholson admits there is one school he would like to hear more from.

"Ohio State," Nicholson laughed. "They were recruiting me, then they kind of dropped off. They showed a lot of interest in me, and I really don't know what happened."

The four-star prospect compares the situation with his home-state team, Penn State, to adversity his high school has gone through.

"Even though with everything going on, it's still kind of like Gateway," he said. "They have faced a lot of adversity but they still come out moving forward. They can stick together as a team and handle everything that has been thrown at them. I feel like if they can do that, then I can be a good fit there."

Nicholson has visited Michigan twice and said he could potentially visit the Wolverines this summer.

"Michigan has a great staff," Nicholson said. "I was up there for the camp and the barbecue and went up there for the game, and I enjoyed every second of every visit. I'd like to get back up there for the barbecue this year, but because of time, I don't know if I'll be able to do that."

When Nicholson, who said he would like to make a decision by the end of his senior season, finally chooses a school, he said it will come down to the relationships he has formed during the recruiting process.

"It will be about the relationships I have with the coaches and players, and the education," he said. "I'd like to be an engineer. Those are the main things, like when I start to narrowing things down, I'll probably be a lot more in depth than that. There are so many great schools, so I'll really have to look in to it more."