The worst kept secret in recruiting news became fact last night as Oklahoma coaches returned with Nichol and his family from what was termed a "fact finding" visit, that instead turned into a de-commitment.
Nichol, one of the nation's top quarterbacks had pledged to Michigan State and head coach John L. Smith, largely because MSU ran the spread offense, very similar to what Lowell runs.
However, once Smith was fired after a 1-8 Big Ten season, Nichol began to waver. Oklahoma began strongly recruiting Nichol while MSU searched for a new head coach. Once the Spartans hired Mark Dantonio, a coach who runs a pro-style offense with heavy emphasis on the run, Nichol secured a visit to Norman.
The news that quarterbacks coach Dan Enos who probably not be retained in East Lansing, didn't help the situation.
After visiting there Wednesday and part of Thursday, the Elite-11 prospect returned with the Oklahoma coaching staff and informed Coach Dantonio late last night that he would be heading to Norman.
How this loss will effect Michigan State's recruiting efforts are unknown. Most of MSU's prospect had decided to look around at other situation, especially since MSU's entire staff will be new and have no ties to the commits currently in place.
Still, coach Dantonio and his staff have hit the ground running and were working hard in Ohio yesterday. This de-commitment by Nichol, could have a domino effect on the rest of MSU current class.