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The Michigan State Spartans pulled of one of the biggest heists in the 2014 recruiting cycle on Thursday when Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway star Montae Nicholson chose to play collegiate football in East Lansing.
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"It was the staff honestly," the 6-foot-2, 202-pound Nicholson said. "I felt like it wasn't just one person recruiting me - it was the staff as a whole. They all were reaching out, getting to know me and building relationships. I have a great relationship with Coach (Mark) Dantonio and that really helped."
The coaches weren't the only ones recruiting Nicholson.
"My relationships with the players are strong also because I was talking to them via text or Twitter," he said. "They did a good job recruiting me."
Nicholson doesn't know when he'll get back on campus but is very excited about joining the team.
"I'm looking forward to starting my collegiate career," Nicholson said. "I want to learn everything and learning the playbook. I'm looking forward to the next season of football."
Nicholson took officials visits to each of his final five schools. Michigan State hosted him on September 7. He made the trip to Florida State on October 5. Nicholson travelled to Oregon on October 25. He made the short trip to Pittsburgh on September 27. Nicholson took a closer look at Virginia Tech on November 15.
Adam Friedman is the Mid-Atlantic Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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