Father: Oklahoma ‘right’ for QB Nichol

After an extended stay in Norman, Okla., because of bad weather, nationally ranked Lowell quarterback Keith Nichol prepared to return home Friday confident in his decision to switch his verbal commitment from Michigan State to Oklahoma.

Nichol’s father, Gary, said his son liked the facilities, players, staff and coaches at Oklahoma, and told head coach Bob Stoops on Thursday evening that he wanted to be a Sooner. Gary Nichol said Keith called MSU coach Mark Dantonio an hour later to inform him of his decision.

“It was right for him as a quarterback,” Gary Nichol said. “It was a great opportunity — one of the best opportunities for a quarterback in the nation.”

Gary Nichol said his family appreciated the steps Michigan State representatives took to keep them informed during the search for a new head coach, particularly basketball coach Tom Izzo. He also said Keith had great respect for Dantonio, who recruited him at Cincinnati.

Keith Nichol will enroll in January at Oklahoma, where he will have the immediate opportunity to compete for a starting spot. The Sooners are losing senior Paul Thompson and dismissed Rhett Bomar in August for violations of NCAA rules.

“He’s a player, and that’s what he wants to do,” Gary Nichol said.

Gatorade named Keith Nichol its Michigan football player of the year Friday.