Representatives from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl were at Gateway High School on Tuesday, to present Montae Nicholson with his official invite to its annual game.
This years game will be on Saturday, January 4, and will once again be held in San Antonio, Texas.
"I would like to thank everyone who supported me in my dreams and my hopes," Nicholson said.
Nicholson thanked former Gateway head coach Terry Smith, and his position coach Don Smith.
"(Terry Smith's) leadership and vision sent me in the right direction from day one," Nicholson said. "I would like to thank Coach Don and Coach B for developing my skills, and all the coaches who have stuck by me and my teammates."
Current Gateway head coach Donnie Millitzer was also invited to San Antonio for the national coaching clinic. He added, in just one year, it was an honor to have Nicholson a part of his first Gateway team.
"I thank you for allowing to be your coach," Millitzer said to Nicholson, upon receiving the invite. "My only advice to you is to enjoy these next few months, because you only get this once.
"It went really well, it definitely opened my eyes about Virginia Tech a lot," Nicholson said. "Honestly, I didn't expect much when I went there, but it definitely went well."
He has already taken official visits to Michigan State (September 6), Pittsburgh (September 28), Florida State (October 5) and Oregon (October 25). He is expected to make his decision on January 4 at the All-American game, but wouldn't rule out making a decision sooner.
"There's been a couple free weekends, it's been nice," Nicholson added. "I'm getting ready for basketball, so I'm not sure if I'll get back to any other games (for unofficial visits.
"I'm still in contact, heavy contact with all the schools I've visited. I just talked with a couple of them in the past week."
This past season, Nicholson helped Gateway to a 8-3 overall record, advancing to the quarterfinal round of the Quad-A WPIAL playoffs. On offensive, Nicholson caught 41 passes for 810 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, he racked up 68 tackles, including four for losses. He also intercepted three passes and forced one fumble. On special teams, he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.