Monroeville (PA) Gateway four-star safety Montae Nicholson has put together an impressive…
The Opening: Montae Nicholson Review
Montae Nicholson School: Gateway High, Monroeville, Pa. Position: Safety The Opening measurable: 6-2, 210 40-yard dash: 4.6 seconds Shuttle: 4.28 seconds Vertical jump: 34.3 inches Rank: No. 12/four stars Recruiting situation: Nicholson is yet to time his list but said Oregon, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Miami, Temple, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State and West Virginia are in contact with him the most. Scouting report: Nicholson headed to The Opening to play receiver, but when it was over he also made a mark on defense. He was one of the few players to get on the field on both sides of the ball, and he was impressive both ways. Scout.com's complete coverage of The Opening 2013 presented by NIKE Offensively, Nicholson was able to use his size as an advantage, be it down the field or on short routes in which he used his body to shield defenders. He was smooth going into and coming out of breaks, and he was able to get separation on routes. He didn't have the flat-out speed to get behind the secondary with regularity, but that also isn't a huge part of his game as a receiver. He was comfortable going over the middle and ran good routes. He also showed nice body control and he didn't drop many passes, although there were a few that hit the ground. On the defensive side, Nicholson was excellent. He covered ground with his long strides, read the plays well and broke on the ball nicely. He was able to provide help over the top and his anticipation was spot on. Nicholson backpedals well and quickly transfers his weight to drive to the ball. He showed an ability to turn his hips and change direction, and to run with speedy receivers down the field. What was learned: Nicholson is versatile and could be a very good receiver in college, but his instincts, size and ability to go side-to-sideline give him the potential to be a great safety. He can play offense, but at this point he is a better safety, and that is no slight on his receiving skills. It's just that he can be that good on defense.
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