Final Evaluation: Montae Nicholson

National Signing Day is here and Spartan Digest gives our final evaluations on the members of the 2014 Michigan State recruiting class. This is not a star ranking, but a look at a prospects overall physical ability and on field ability.

The secret to the success Michigan State has enjoyed since Mark Dantonio took over the Spartans football programs has been finding athletes who fit their style of play and by developing players who have yet to reach their full potential.

In our final evaluation series, we look at more than just highlight film as we evaluate athletic ability and future potential.

We work on a 1-to-5 scale in each area with five being the highest grade a prospect can receive.


Prospect needs major work in area: = 1
Prospect rough on the edges in area: = 2
Prospect is where he should be in area: = 3
Prospect shows major promise in area: = 4
Prospect is above average in area: = 5


As one of the stars of Michigan State's 2014 recruiting class, Montae Nicholson has grades high in all three of these areas with his 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame. Not only does the future Spartans have the size he also has the speed to be a major performer on either side of the ball. Grade: 5


With above average quickness, Nicholson brings great balance and agility to the field as he's able to go sideline to sideline to make plays. As a defender, Nicholson uses his quickness to close as he can plant and go from point A to point B without losing a step. Grade: 5


The quick twitch and overall natural flexibility from the lower and upper body will serve Nicholson wewll in college. With continue work in the Spartans strength program, look for a major hitter on defense capable of playing safety or even grow into an outside linebacker. Grade: 4


There are so many things Michigan State will be able to do with Nicholson in the future as he grows. Technique work will be needed no matter what position he takes on the field, but the combination of all the things above make him one of the grand prizes in the 2014 recruiting class. A player of his size with the ability to cover smaller and faster receivers is a major asset for any defense, especially the one Michigan State puts on the field each season. Grade: 5

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