December 19, 2013

Spartans score BIG with Nicholson

Michigan State got some good news on Thursday when 4-star defensive back Montae Nicholson decided to join the No Fly Zone and commit to the Spartans. Find out the details.

On Thursday defensive back Montae Nicholson of Gateway High School in Monroeville, Pennsylvania committed to Michigan State. The 6-foot-2, 202-pound prospect selected the Spartans over other finalist Florida State, Pittsburgh, Oregon and Virginia Tech. Nicholson had over 30 BCS scholarship offer in all.

Nicholson is one of the top players in the entire Big Ten region for the class of 2014. Rivals.com rates him a 4-star recruit and the #1 prospect in Pennsylvania. He is also rated the #13 safety prospect in the nation and the #135 player overall by Rivals.com.

Nicholson was been very thorough in his recruitment, having used all 5 of his official visits.

The commitment of Nicholson marks the the 3rd consecutive year they have been able to recruit one of the best players from the state Pennsylvania. In 2012 the Spartans signed quarterback Damion Terry out of Erie, Pennsylvania and in 2011 it was Demetrious Cox from Jeannette, Pennsylvania. Both Terry and Cox were Rivals.com 4-star recruits who like Nicholson could have gone anywhere in the nation.

Though he is listed as a defensive back in the recruiting database, it is possible that Nicholson will see some time on the offensive side of the ball. Coach Dantonio has no problem with getting the best players on the field regardless of position. Wide receiver Tony Lippett, who led Michigan State in receptions this fall, has played extensively on both sides of the ball during his career as have several other Spartans such as Jamal Lyles, Riley Bullough and Lawrence Thomas.

Michigan State Offensive Line Coach Mark Staten served as the primary recruiter of Nicholson though all of the staff played a role including position coach Harlon Barnett, Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi and Head Coach Mark Dantonio.

SpartanMag.com will have more on Nicholson's commitment in the near future.

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