With less than a week now before National Signing Day, it’s time to continue the recruiting wish list for Penn State’s 2014 class. VBR was on the money yesterday, with 3-star defensive back Amani Oruwariye committing to the Nittany Lions on the same day he was featured on the wish list. Today’s installment features another defensive back, but one that might not be realistic.
4-star defensive back Montae Nicholson is one of the top recruits in the nation and gave a verbal commitment to fellow Big Ten school Michigan State in December. Though he’s a Pennsylvania native, the Nittany Lions were unable to get a commitment. However, though late, Penn State is now making a last-minute push to get into the sweepstakes for the talented recruit.
Nicholson took an unofficial visit to Happy Valley in August and also received an offer from the former coaching staff.
The new coaching staff at Penn State, led by head coach James Franklin, has already done a great job in recruiting. Stealing Nicholson from a conference rival would be a huge accomplishment. While it’s still a longshot, the Nittany Lions now have a connection that could help land the highly touted defensive back.
New Penn State cornerbacks coach and defensive recruiting coordinator Terry Smith has a familiar history with Nicholson. Smith was the head coach up until last year at Gateway High School in Monroeville, where Nicholson played. Smith could represent a direct line to the large talent pool in that part of the state, including Nicholson.
Nicholson is a versatile player who could make a huge impact for the Nittany Lions, having experience at cornerback, safety and wide receiver, all positions Penn State could use.
Sure, it may be tough to tear him away from the Spartans, but if that were to happen, it would be a statement move by the new Penn State coaching staff.
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