PA Swag 7v7: Scout 300 S Montae Nicholson

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. -- Scout 300 safety Montae Nicholson of Gateway High (Monroeville, Pa.) has dozens of offers, but where does his recruitment stand? He spoke to FOX Sports NEXT about it during the PASwag 7-on-7 at Plymouth Whitemarsh High.

Gateway High (Monroeville, Pa.) Scout 300 safety Montae Nicholson is plodding through the recruiting process, taking his time before he makes any decisions.

With more than two dozen offers, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder continues to communicate regularly with more than a dozen schools, but that could be changing.

"I do plan to narrow soon," he said during the PASwag 7-on-7 at Plymouth Whitemarsh High. "I'll probably do 12 to 15 (schools), somewhere around there. I'll go from there and take the rest of my unofficial visits, and wait for the season to start and narrow again. Then, I'll make my officials and make my choice."

At that point, Nicholson's recruitment could slow down because he still remains in contact with many of the schools that extended offers.

"I talk to a lot of coaches on Facebook," Nicholson said. "As far as phone-wise, I talk to Penn State, Michigan, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Oregon, Ohio State, Nebraska, West Virginia and Maryland."

Nicholson used the last six months to develop relationships with the coaches at a number of schools, and outlined what he wants in a school.

"My priorities for school are academics – possibly civil or mechanical engineering – and the player-coach relationship," he said. "I am starting to get that with some of the coaches I talk to over the phone. To make it three things, it would be not only the way I fit into the football program, but the school.

"(Location) might play a small part toward the end, but right now not at all."

He is also trying to set up a summer visit schedule, but dates are yet to be set.

"I'm going to Florida State," Nicholson said. "I believe Georgia Tech, Oregon, Stanford …pretty much the schools that are further away and can't reach (easily)."

Nicholson performed well at receiver at the 7-on-7, but that was only for fun. He knows his future is at safety, and he is fine with it.

"That's what I like to do the most," he said. "My coach always tells (people), ‘He'll be great at defensive back because even thought he likes receiver, he loves defensive back.' "


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