Michigan’s defensive backs were put to the test during Saturday’s match-up with rival Michigan State, and the Wolverine coaches weren’t the only ones monitoring their progress. Their play was also being watched closely by a number of talented prospects in the stands, one of whom was Monroeville (PA) Gateway standout, Montae Nicholson. The Keystone State star came away impressed with the performance turned in by the secondary, but he also took note of the depleted depth chart.
Said Nicholson, “(The Michigan coaches) told me they’re one DB down now and they are going to be losing more next year. They were just telling me it would help if I was there.”
When the coaching staff wasn’t delivering the recruiting pitch, the talented youngster heard it coming from one of the Wolverine commitments.
“Logan Tuley-Tillman was telling me about how great the university is,” Nicholson recalled. “He told me about their business school and how they’re top in the world and was just laying it out there for me.”
As memorable as those interactions were, the best pitch may have come from the 113,000 fans in the stands Saturday, most of who were there to root on the Maize & Blue.
“It’s pretty obvious (what stood out the most),” Nicholson said laughingly. “The atmosphere, the fans, the students… it was just very live. It was great! I got a lot of love from the fans when I was walking up and down the tunnel. It was very impressive. The atmosphere was amazing. I’ve never been in anything like it before.”
Now that he has taken in the game day environment In Ann Arbor, Nicholson plans to hit the road again next weekend so he can do the same at Penn State. Future visits to many of his other suitors are in the works, but nailing them down just isn’t his top priority right now. His recruitment is still wide open and hasn’t determined a leaderboard yet because his primary focus is helping his team win a state championship.
“We’re definitely getting back to work… back on the grind,” he said. “That was just one loss and we’re going to go forward and go get that state title. We just won our conference Friday and that was just step one of our three step process.“