Well, it’s official. Michigan State DB Montae Nicholson will not be back next season.
The Spartans’ safety shared a note on Twitter on Thursday night announcing he will skip his senior season. Nicholson declared for the NFL Draft.
“I am excited and humbled to announce that I will be forgoing my senior season to join the large brotherhood of Spartans in the NFL and will be entering the 2017 NFL Draft,” Nicholson wrote. “Before I begin my next chapter, I would like to thank the people who supported and guided me since I first stepped on campus.”
Nicholson went on to thank Spartans coach Mark Dantonio and the rest of the staff. He also thanked the professors, advisers, friends and fans for their support. Nicholson also said he plans on finishing his degree as a promise to his mother.
“My teammates made leaving Michigan State very difficult, a decision I did not take lightly,” Nicholson wrote. “I hope the friendships I have created with each of you on and off the field will last forever.”
Michigan State’s Montae Nicholson:
— Montae Nicholson (@MontaeNicholson) December 30, 2016
Nicholson’s statement follows reports from earlier Thursday that he was likely to declare for the NFL Draft.
The defensive back made 86 total tackles this past season. The junior also had 2 tackles for loss an an interception. In 2015, Nicholson had 83 total tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss and 3 interceptions.