September 25, 2012
Nicholson lands one he has been waiting for
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The Buckeyes have been committed to keeping a national recruiting footprint and that has continued under new head coach Urban Meyer. Ohio State's latest offer goes to another player from outside of the Buckeye state but he is no stranger to the Buckeye program with Monroeville (Pa.) athlete Montae Nicholson out of the class of 2014.
"Each offer I count as a blessing but this was fantastic," Nicholson said. "Coach Luke Fickell told my coach that he wanted me to call. I called and they told me to get an offer that I needed to be more than a great football player, I had to have the personality and the grades and the attitude. Then he told me that I had the offer and I was overjoyed."
The 6-foot-3, 200 pound athlete was a star at one of this past summer's Ohio State Senior Advanced Camps and had the attention of Meyer, Fickell, Everett Withers and Kerry Coombs as he went through drills with the defensive backs.
"I was definitely interested in Ohio State before going to the camp," Nicholson said. "I was in what seemed to be the group they were paying the most attention to and I was surprised to be in that group. I was just going out there and doing what I was taught. I just wanted to go out and play the best ball that I could."
Nicholson was born in Ohio and grew up in Columbus for the first four years of his life before moving away.
"I was born there and I grew up rooting for Ohio State and I always wanted to be a Buckeye," Nicholson said. "They bring so much energy and the camp was so live and hyped up. I felt like I was out there practicing for a game. I felt like I do when I am here just about ready to play a game."
Nicholson is currently playing at Gateway high school, the same school that produced Corey Brown. The program has a deep history in turning out Division I talent and Nicholson is just one of several current defensive backs that are getting college looks at this point.
"It is just phenomenal to know that I can go out there and trust my team more than maybe an average team can," Nicholson said of having so many highly rated teammates in the secondary with him. "We all hang out off the field and we have this bond that helps you on the field."
The 2014 star is on his way to double digit offers already holding six before the Ohio State one. He also holds offers from Pittsburgh, Penn State, Michigan, Bowling Green, Toledo and West Virginia. Nicholson admits that he feels blessed with each offer but doesn't want to lose sight of what the ultimate goal is.
"I don't want to say just the offer is the ultimate goal," Nicholson said. "Ultimately I want to go to college and get an education. Getting that offer just makes me feel tremendous because I have an opportunity to better myself not only as a football player but mentally as well in the classroom. I don't just think about the football team but the academics as well."
The Buckeyes are looking at Nicholson as a safety but he admits that he is capable of playing safety even at his size.
Nicholson hasn't put a lot of time into thinking about when he would like to eventually wrap up his recruitment but would like to potentially end up before the start of his senior year but was quick to add that things could change.
He does know that he would like to visit Ohio State and several other schools during the season if his schedule allows it for unofficial visits but at this time doesn't have any trips planned.
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