Not So Committed? Nichol to visit Oklahoma

One of the stars of Michigan State's early recruiting class, Keith Nichol has decided to take an on-campus visit to Oklahoma.

EAST LANSING - One of the stars of Michigan State's early recruiting class, Keith Nichol has decided to take an on-campus visit to Oklahoma.

Nichol, who pledged Michigan State early in the process because he liked John L. Smith's spread offense, spoke to new Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio yesterday on the phone, but still has decided to have an official visit to Norman.

The odds are not good for the Spartans.

Oklahoma ran off heralded quarterback Brett Romar over a summer job scandal and really struggled at quarterback without him. Once John L. Smith was fired, the Sooners put the full court press on Nichol and seem to be having some success.

The Norman, OK campus of the Sooners is beautiful and known for being one of the top party schools in the Southwest. Oklahoma has restored the luster to its football program and it is now among the best in the nation.

Oklahoma's Bob Stoops visited Nichol in his home last week while the Spartans were wrapping up their search for a new head coach. Now he will return the favor.

Michigan State sent head basketball coach Tom Izzo to a Lowell game to show Nichol that the Spartans hadn't forgotten about him and really wanted him as the focal point of their incoming recruiting class. At the time, Nichol seemed to make it clear that he would remain a Spartan.

This will mark the first major recruiting battle for Mark Dantonio and how he fares will play a large role in the Spartans fortunes going forward. Nichol could be a huge domino that starts other recruits decommiting.

Already Mark Wetterer, an offensive lineman who committed to MSU is visiting Louisville, while Jack Cornell from Illinois is also taking a look around.


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