Montae Nicholson's season begins this week and, in talking with him, it is clear that is where his focus is but on Tuesday the Rivals250 defensive back from Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway received some troubling news about his recruitment.
"Michigan told me that they needed help at other positions," said the 6-foot-2, 202-pound Nicholson. "It's just kind of how it goes. I think I'll just keep my other top 11 schools. I don't need to add another school and make it tougher for myself. "
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"Those visits to Pitt and Penn State were pretty standard," he said. "I just went to watch practice and talk to the coaches."
The next step for Nicholson is making more cuts and taking official visits but that doesn't seem to be around the corner.
"My officials are coming up but I haven't planned any of those," Nicholson said. "I need to figure out when those will be. I kind of know some that will get an official but I don't want to say yet until I sent them up.
"I really haven't been talking to any coaches lately because of my season," he said. "I'm making sure my head is into my season. I have one more year of high school."
A lot of people speculate that the recruitment of Nicholson and Dravon Henry are connected but Nicholson says that isn't the case.
"No I haven't talked to Dravon lately," said Nicholson. "He mainly plays cornerback and I play safety so where he goes won't affect me."
Nicholson participated in the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by Under Armour in Chicago at Soldier Field.