Safety Montae Nicholson nabs OSU offer

Montae Nicholson (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) thought an offer from Ohio State might be coming when he talked to ESPN Midwest recruiting analyst Jared Shanker three weeks ago.

Late Tuesday night, the school he’s been hoping would offer him pulled the trigger when the Buckeyes made the call.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Nicholson went to Ohio State for the season opener against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 1 and all it did was reaffirm what he already thought: The Buckeyes were a school he definitely wanted to continue to draw interest from.

“I like their facilities,” he said. “Their coaches are outstanding. I like the whole concept, going up there. It seemed like one team, one family. It reminded me of here at Gateway.”

Nicholson caught the attention of the Buckeyes in June at one of their Senior Advanced camps and the interest obviously never went away with the offer.

A Columbus native -- he was born in the capital city -- Nicholson already holds offers from Bowling Green, Michigan, Robert Morris, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Toledo and West Virginia.

He also has interest from Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Rutgers

Through four games this season, the junior safety has one fumble recovery return for 25 yards, nine tackles and has scored two touchdowns.