Signing Day Capsule: Montae Nicholson

Pennsylvania safety a cornerstone of the Michigan State class in 2014, but could play some wide receivers. Looking at the athleticism that makes Nicholson a great prospect for the Spartans.

Montae Nicholson – Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway athlete

Height, weight: 6-foot-3, 200 pounds

Commitment date: December 19, 2013

Why Michigan State: "I watched practice and hung out with the players, but the thing that reached me the most was how sincere the coaches were. It's not like they were blowing smoke at me. They were sincere and honest with what they were saying. The defensive backs coach and wide receivers coach were very blunt. They don't pull punches. They're going to tell you how it is. Coach (Mark) Dantonio as well. All of the coaches are like that."

The Skinny

Arguably the cornerstone of the Michigan State class, Nicholson had offers nationwide from Oregon to Ohio State to Florida State but committed to the Spartans. Most impressively, his first official visit was to East Lansing, but it stuck out over the following ones to FSU, Oregon, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh.

Earning all-state in Class AAAA as a safety, Nicholson could be a force in the defensive backfield with plenty of size and speed to make plays. He can cover sideline to sideline and has a great feel for the play and locating the ball.

Just as easily, Nicholson could be a wide receiver for the Spartans and would bring the same skill set. This much is pretty clear: He has the skills and athleticism to play very early in his career. Sometimes, even with depth, a player is just too good to keep off the field and Nicholson looks to be that kind of player.

Nicholson also took part in the Army All-American Bowl with Brian Allen. It looked like Penn State was making a late charge in his recruitment, but the Spartans kept Nicholson in the fold.

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