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Michigan State continues to hammer the Keystone state on the recruiting trail, offering another four-star prospect out of Pennsylvania this weekend.
Was on PIAA AAAA all star team
By Mike White / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Eleven players from the WPIAL made the Class AAAA all-state team, and more than half were from North Allegheny.
The other WPIAL players on the Class AAAA team were Gateway quarterback Thomas Woodson, Woodland Hills defensive lineman Jawan Turner, Woodland Hills linebacker Alex Beasley, McKeesport linebacker Hodari Christian and Gateway defensive back Montae Nicholson.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/high-school-football/north-allegheny-quarterback-leftwich-named-top-aaaa-player-667280/#ixzz2ONrWI6Cm
Was one of the Post Gazette's Fabulous 22 for SW PA.
A PG Thanksgiving tradition: The Fabulous 22 high school football team
Like turkey and cranberry sauce, the Fabulous 22 is a Thanksgiving day tradition. Every Thanksgiving the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette publishes its Fabulous 22, which is selected by the P-G scholastic sports staff, with help from high school and college coaches and also scouting services.
The team is picked from all WPIAL and City League teams.
Height: 6-2 Weight: 200
College talk: Although Nicholson is only a junior, Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Ohio State and Michigan, among others, have already offered scholarships. He is being recruited as a defensive back.
The scoop: The latest gem at talent-rich Gateway, Nicholson is considered to be one of the best junior defensive backs in the state. He has good size and is talented in pass coverage. Made an impact on offense (25 catches for 653 yards and six touchdowns) and defense (three touchdowns) for the Gators, who finished with a 9-2 record.
Most memorable moment this season? There's been so many things that the team has done together. We made a trip to Rutgers for a 7-on-7 over the summer that was a great bonding experience.
Favorite class? History or math.
You'd like to throw something at? Probably one of our coaches. They always get on my case. Then I realize they're coaches.
Career, if not an athlete or coach? I'd like to be an engineer.
People might be surprised to know that . . . . I like to play golf.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/high-school-football/a-pg-thanksgiving-tradition-the-fabulous-22-high-school-football-team-663231/#ixzz2ONsLWyfd
This post was edited by Spartan_in_PA 13 months ago
Is in the Tribune review list of Top WIPAL recruits of 2014
Top WPIAL football recruits for the Class of 2014
By Chris Harlan
Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Top 10 local recruits in the Class of 2014
3. Montae Nicholson, Gateway
6-2, 200, defensive back
With a coveted combination of size and speed, Nicholson rates among the nation's top prospects at safety. He's listed No. 59 overall by 247sports.com. Nicholson, a four-star recruit, has more than a dozen offers. Among them are the three local programs, plus notable names Florida State and Ohio State.
Read more: http://triblive.com/sports/hssports/highschoolrecruiting/3431319-74/offers-among-pitt#ixzz2ONuo4sNx
Ranked as Number 1 Pennsylvania Recruit by PennLive.
Check out Andrew P. Shay's rankings of the Top 25 Pennsylvania high school football Class of 2014 athletes.
Trib Prospect: Gateway wide receiver/safety Montae Nicholson
By Kevin Gorman
Published: Saturday, May 4, 2013, 11:54 p.m.
Gateway safety Montae Nicholson wasn't satisfied with being one of the standout performers at the Rivals Camp Series stop last Sunday at Montour.
“I feel like I could've done better,” Nicholson said. “No balls were caught on me, but better is having interceptions. I had some balls thrown my way, but I didn't come down with them.
“But how could I be angry when I got invited to the Five-Star Challenge?”
Nicholson has options of which position to play and where to go, with 31 scholarship offers ranging from Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia to Michigan and Ohio State, and Florida State, Georgia Tech, Oregon and Stanford.
Read more: http://triblive.com/sports/hssports/highschoolrecruiting/3932498-74/nicholson-rivals-state#ixzz2SSV2heHj
High School Track: Gateway's Nicholson steals show
By Mike White / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Montae Nicholson never competed in the WPIAL track and championships before this year. He claims he was too little to qualify two years ago. Last year, he was too sore from a shoulder injury.
Nicholson, a junior at Gateway High School and a heavily recruited football player, made a smashing debut at the WPIAL track championships Thursday night at Baldwin High School. He won the Class AAA 110-meter hurdles and set a WPIAL championship record with a time of 14.39 seconds. He broke the record of 14.43 seconds, set 13 years ago by Brian Mancini of Peters Township.
Now he is 6-2 1/2, 200 pounds and has football scholarship offers from Pitt, Penn State, Ohio State, Florida State, Michigan and Oregon, among others.
Nicholson was the only boy to set a WPIAL championship meet record. But he wasn't the only heavily recruited football player to win an event. Washington junior Shai McKenzie won the Class AA shot put with a throw of 53-1.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/high-school-other/high-school-track-gateways-nicholson-steals-show-687987/#ixzz2Tt6eTM36
East Xtra: Speedy Gateway star gaining interest
July 3, 2013 12:21 am
By Brad Everett / Tri-State Sports & News Service
Since his team saw its season end in November, Gateway football star Montae Nicholson saw his world change in a big way, particularly in the spring when scholarship offers from NCAA Division I colleges were sometimes coming daily and his track prowess was reaching newfound levels.
Nicholson is the No. 1-ranked senior in Pennsylvania, according to Rivals, which has him pegged as the 13th best safety and the 127th player overall in the class. As of last weekend, his offer list was up to 33 and included the likes of Florida State, Ohio State, Michigan and Oregon.
Nicholson said he does not have any favorite schools at this time, adding that a final decision likely won't be coming soon.
"I'm looking at [making a decision] toward the end of the season," he said. "I haven't had time to sit down and think, but hopefully I will soon."
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/high-school-football/east-xtra-speedy-gateway-star-gaining-interest-694104/#ixzz2Y074No5m
I would imagine that maybe the 4.6 forty time that he has down is a bit dated if he is such a successful track athlete.
MSU made his cut. One of twelve "finalists" to do so. Other B1G schools in his top 12 include PSU and Michigan. Outside of the B1G, FSUis probably the team to watch out for.
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FYI all the predictions coming in today are for UM. Any info out there as to why?
Seriously? I'm honored that MSU is part of such an exclusive club, but when you can only take 5 OVs why call them "finalists"?
I know he's visited in the past and Michigan has been recruiting him for a long time. Most seem to be pointing to a UM/FSU battle for the most part, but I think he's a bit more open than that. I think UM might be his only scheduled official so far as well (not 100% on that, but it's ringing a bell), so that is probably factoring into the crystal ball prediction.
I really have no feel for MSU's position in this other than one of 12 "finalists". He hasn't visited yet, but his quotes talk about facilities being really nice and stuff. I would say MSU is on the outside looking in as of now, but they're knocking at the door rather than being at the wrong house. I would guess when his time frees up (currently in some sort of track season) and he makes it up to Michigan that he'll also take a look at MSU as well.
Our luck the trip to EL will be after his visit to Michigan and he'll commit to you guys before visiting MSU
Hell hath frozen over. Friendly sparring with the enemy on tRCMB. Bravo, SpartyFever.
1) BeerBaron may be the best UM poster we've had, even better than y2k and;
2) MSU really needs WRs in this class and Nicholson/Brown/someone has to see that. With 2013 just having Kilgore and 2012 down to 3 guys, there's room for a '14 guy to really make a move.
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
Is State recruiting him as a WR do you know? I know Oregon is, but most places (including Michigan) are primarily looking at him as a safety with an option of offense if everything works out on the defensive side. From film I've preferred him as a safety but he sounds like he's doing really well at WR over the summer, so he likely would fit either position pretty well.
From the one on one drills, he's a pretty dam good at WR. I actually like him more at WR than Safety. Also, he mention he's cool with some of the Chicago guys. So hopefully it's our Chicago guys!
BeerBaron is one of the best recruiting posters, period. Excellent source of information and always well-thought out with no bias. I don't even think of him as a UM fan until he says he is (There is still plenty of room with the good guys Baron...we would welcome you with open arms. :))
On that note...I would love to get Nicholson! He would look great in the Green and White!
I appreciate the support.
(I'm assuming you guys got the bribe money I sent you in the mail, correct?)
Blue Chip Chat with ... Montae Nicholson, Gateway
August 14, 2013 12:09 am
By Mike White / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Nicholson is a talented two-way player who is ranked the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania by Rivals.com and the No. 13 safety in the country. He has good size and is an excellent athlete. He was one of the top hurdlers in WPIAL track last season. He caught 25 passes for 653 yards last football season and also was a standout on defense.
Nicholson has many scholarship offers from Division I colleges, and most want him as a defensive back. But Oregon, Michigan State and a few others want him to play receiver. Nicholson has narrowed his list to 12 -- Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida State, Temple, Oregon, Stanford, Miami and Georgia Tech. He plans to narrow the list more soon.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/high-school-football/blue-chip-chat-with-montae-nicholson-gateway-699233/#ixzz2bxbbtJHP
I wonder if he knows Damion Terry? Let's hope so. I would love to see him give MSU some serious consideration.
Almost no coverage of Erie schools in the Pittsburgh area. Its is too bad that Burress is out for the season. But I think that MSU will have more success offering the defensive side.
I think your last sentence is saying that MSU would be more likely to land Nicholson if they offered him on defense when it appears they want him at WR, and I'm just not sure that's the case. I really don't think it matters. I understand that recently MSU's defense has been very good and the thought process is "look how good our defense is, do you want to play in that?" And that may work, but then you're basically going up against 10 others schools that are saying close to the same thing at least, and then selling some other things that maybe MSU can't.
Meanwhile, MSU has recently produced more NFL WRs than safeties. Obviously WR recruiting hasn't gone great for MSU this year, but maybe that helps with Nicholson because there isn't really anyone else. It at least makes MSU stand out, and I think the goal has to be to stand out enough to get an official. If MSU is just another team saying "we like you at safety" maybe they don't stand out enough to him and he doesn't. I really don't think Montae cares what side he plays on, so it's not hurting from that perspective.
I'm not trying to bash MSU saying by saying they can't catch the eye of recruits, I'm just trying to be somewhat realistic with what they are going up against (in-state schools, schools with more tradition so he has inherently at least more comfort from an outsiders prospective, etc). I'm not sure offering him at safety would hurt MSU by any means, but I almost think it's a risk/reward thing. I think as a defensive player, you risk getting kind of shoved in the middle of the pack and then don't get the official visit. I think as an offensive player, you increase your possibility of being #12 in his top 12, but you also increase your likelihood of being top 5, and getting you an official visit. At the end of the day, #6 or #12 doesn't make any difference to MSU, top 5 is what makes a difference, and offering as a WR I think may be in MSU's best interest here.
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