Why Michigan State?
"My recruiting coaches, academics, the players," Nicholson said. "I liked what I saw in each player.
Nicholson also said he made his decision a week ago. He added I wasn't too hard to keep things quiet. Surprisingly, he said Michigan State advancing to the Rose Bowl didn't make them higher in his eyes. Simply put, he felt most comfortable at Michigan State more than any other place he was at.
"I had my mind made up last week, but I didn't tell anybody," Nicholson added. A lot of people want to know, pretty much everybody here.
"I did go back and forth with it. This decision, it was tremendously difficult. It came down to the relationship I built with each school. In the end, Michigan State was right with me. It beat everybody else."
Nicholson took his official visit to Michigan State on September 6, and took one to Pittsburgh on September 28 for the Virginia game. He also came in for unofficial visits to the Florida State game, the New Mexico game and the Notre Dame game.
Nicholson is also a close friend of redshirt freshman defensive back Demetrious Cox, who saw action in all 13 games this season for the Spartans. He is looking to major in either civil or mechanical engineering when he gets to East Lansing. He's also considering joining the Track and Field team.
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.