2014 athlete Montae Nicholson of Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway picked up a few early offers this spring and then watched his recruiting process hit another level after a couple of camp stops at Big Ten schools. Now up to five offers, Nicholson is looking forward to his junior season.
"Recruiting has been moving very well," said Nicholson, who is 6-foot-2 and 200-pounds. "My coaches have been in touch with college coaches and then my coaches come back to me."
This summer Nicholson camped at Pittsburgh, Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State and Maryland, and earned offers from the Wolverines and Nittany Lions. These two offers joined his previous offers from Pittsburgh, Bowling Green and Toledo.
Nicholson denies any of the camps standing out during his visit, just that each of them had their strong points. However, he did mention that he grew up following one of the schools.
"Ohio State, because I was born in Columbus," he said. "I moved away when I was two though."
While it is early in his recruiting process, Nicholson already has a few ideas of what he hopes to find in his future school.
"Good academics, a school that is not too far away from home and a staff of coaches that don't coach all of their players the same," said Nicholson.
One of the intriguing parts of Nicholson's game is his versatility, as he has the ability to play on both sides of the ball and several positions on defense. However, at this point most schools are recruiting him for one position.
"I believe safety, but I'm not 100% sure," said Nicholson, who was also asked if he has a preference as to his future position. "To some degree yes. I'd like to continue playing free safety, but I can play any defensive back position."