Nicholson previews Oregon trip

Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway athlete Montae Nicholson is ready for his official visit to Eugene this weekend when No. 2 Oregon takes on No. 12 UCLA.

The talented 6-foot-3, 200-pound Nicholson is being scouted by Oregon at the wide receiver position, though he could play on either side of the ball at the next level. He will arrive in Eugene on Friday but has no idea what to expect when he arrives.

"I'm just looking forward to getting out there and seeing as much as I can," Nicholson said.

The visit will be Nicholson's fourth of four planned visits after checking out Florida State, Michigan State and Pittsburgh. One objective on his checklist is watching De'Anthony Thomas, who is slated to come back from an ankle injury in time for Saturday's contest.

"He's my favorite player in college football so I'm definitely looking forward to watching him," Nicholson said.

Having Thomas in the lineup for the first time in four weeks makes the Ducks offense even more daunting with their most dynamic weapon back in the fold. Nicholson gave his thoughts on the prolific offense and what he's seen from it while tracking Oregon this season.

"The offense is fast paced and they put as many points on the board as possible," Nicholson said. "It's really relentless. I like playing like that."

Nicholson said he keeps in contact with wide receivers coach Matt Lubick on a weekly basis. The two have discussed where Nicholson would fit into the Oregon offense and who he could step in for if he ends up a Duck. According to the four-star athlete, Lubick is impressed with a number of things from his stature to his performance.

"He said my size, strength and speed, just like Josh Huff," Nicholson said. "We've been talking about him leaving soon and me replacing him. If I come in and work, I could definitely play that role."

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