Nicholson Checks Out Pitt

Gateway (PA) defensive back Montae Nicholson has had a busy summer of 7-on-7 tournaments and other camps. He closed it out with a trip to Pitt to watch the Panthers hold their first scrimmage of training camp.

Montae Nicholson has made his rounds this summer, whether it be at a prospect camp or 7-on-7 camp. Whatever the case, the extensive travel has resulted in seven verbal offers, and he has yet to play a game of his junior year.

West Virginia is the most recent offer. Nicholson's most recent workout was at the Youngstown State 7-on-7 camp—a camp Nicholson said helped him and his teammates, going up against some top Ohio programs.

"It helps because it raises our competition," Nicholson said of the Youngstown State camp. "When we play around PA, we don't get the run of the mill teams. We try to go out (to camps), and we try to play harder."

Despite being close to Pittsburgh's campus, Nicholson says he's still learning what Pitt is all about. He likes what he sees—this aside from the first-year coaching staff.

"I've pretty much toured all of Oakland, being a Pittsburgh boy," Nicholson said. "I have been down there numerous times. My mom used to work at Carlow and Pitt."

Future visits will include getting to see more of campus, and learning more about the academics—something Nicholson is placing a great value on.

"I can't wait to get back down there," Nicholson said. "I want to do the academic tour, everything. There's more I need to see. I can't wait to get to the rest."

As for the football side of it, Nicholson said there's a lot to like.

"I like (defensive backs) coach Matt House," Nicholson said. "I like their whole practice. It seems really hyped. It reminds me of where I came from, and it seems like it would be a good fit. Coach Chryst is a great guy. The whole atmosphere, it seems like I would fit in."

Nicholson says seeing former Gateway players like Shayne Hale and Cameron Saddler working in the scrimmage, also sticks out to him. Familiarity sounds like a big thing for him.

"I know a few of the players, so that doesn't hurt," Nicholson adds. "One of our players now, Jaymar Parrish, he's committed there. It's great to go down there and see some familiar faces, see how they play. I wouldn't go there, and then be blindsided."

Nicholson's Gateway team opens up training camp this week, concluding with a scrimmage against Shaler on Saturday and a scrimmage at Bethel Park the following Friday. Gateway opens the 2012 regular season against Latrobe on August 31.


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