2014 Safety Weighing His Options

6-foot-3, 200-pound safety Montae Nicholson like what the Terps have to offer.

It's still early in the recruiting process for junior Gateway (Pa.) safety Montae Nicholson.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound defensive back said he doesn't even have a list of favorite schools at this point. He's still evaluating what each college has to offer.

“Each school has something different,” Nicholson said.

While he doesn't have a list of top schools, Nicholson knows what he's looking for.

“At Gateway, every coach doesn't coach each player the same way,” Nicholson said. “I'm looking for that in a college, to resemble my high school.”

And the Maryland Terrapins coaching staff seems to have done enough to pique his interest.

“The coaches seem pretty great,” Nicholson said. “They seem like they have a pretty good team going on. I like how they coach.”

One of the camps Nicholson went to this summer was Maryland's, which was where he met members of the Maryland coaching staff. Overall, Nicholson considered the camp a good experience.

“I liked it a lot,” Nicholson said. “It was kind of different. It was the first time I went with my team.”

Nicholson was given a tour of the campus, but still hasn't been offered a scholarship by Terrapins. Nicholson said he's still interested in Maryland though.

“They are very high, just like all my other schools,” Nicholson said. “I'm just weighting my options.”

Nicholson is a hot commodity, having been offered by 10 schools, including powerhouses Ohio State and Penn State. Nicholson also said he is visiting Pittsburgh this weekend and plans to visit Michigan next weekend. Maryland fans shouldn't feel left out though. Nicholson hopes to attend Maryland this year as well.

For Nicholson, who was originally born in Columbus, distance is no barrier to him attending a certain college.

“It's not really a big deal to me,” Nicholson said. “Whatever opportunity is the best I'll take it.”

Whichever college provides the best opportunity for Nicholson will not only be getting an athletic player, they will be getting a smart one too.

“I bring my size, my speed [to a team],” Nicholson said. “My coaches say we got to 'close the gap,' that means we got to be pretty smart.”

Nicholson said he worked on the mental aspect of the game over the summer by watching game film to understand and recognize pass routes better.

The work paid off on September 28th when Nicholson had a 68-yard interception return for a touchdown during Gateway's 41-13 win over Hempfield (Pa.).

That win was Gateway's fifth of the year, whose record stands at 5-1, heading into Friday's matchup with Norwin (Pa.).

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