"I was excited," he said. "I was very excited, especially because I didn't expect it."
Nicholson's other offers are Toledo, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Bowling Green. He recently camped at Ohio State and the Buckeyes may be close to offering, although he laughed when asked about the rumor that he grew up an Ohio State fan.
"I like both teams (OSU and Michigan)," he responded. "I do. I'm a fan of both. I'm a big fan of both."
"It wasn't my best performance but I felt like I did well actually. They thought I performed well. I was surprised actually [by that]."
Mom has watched him at each camp stop and even Mrs. Nicholson was surprised about the offer he son received.
"I wasn't [expecting it] either. I've always been his biggest critic. It wasn't his best day, so I was shocked."
She was so surprised, that when he received the offer, she said, "I tried to maintain composure."
That reaction does not mean Michigan is in the lead though.
"There's really no order," Montae said. "I have to do more research on colleges, but like I said I was very excited to receive the offer."
Excited because Michigan offers many of the elements he is looking for in a school.
"Academics. Engineering. Just the whole atmosphere. Outside of his athletics, academics is number one for us."
Nicholson's stock is continuing to rise and by the time it's all said and done, he will probably have more offers than the five he holds right now. And if Mom gets her way, those schools won't have to wait long to hear a decision from him.
"We plan to have it before his senior year. We'd like to go into his senior year pretty set on where he goes and what he wants to do, but as always, it's up to him."