1st team All-State Underclass and Student Sports Junior All-American standout as a lineman from Mater Dei, Brandon Nicolas is looking to make a commitment soon, so that he would have no distractions for his final season in high school. After playing most of last year with a broken wrist, his main concern is to anchor a line that will face the likes of nationally recognized teams such as Long Beach Poly and Mission Viejo. Irish Eyes was fortunate enough to catch up with his father to get the latest update on his son's intentions.
With their first game against Orange Lutheran drawing close, Brandon has intentionally narrowed his options. "He's got a top two or three," Mr. Nicolas said. "And he's planning on making a decision probably in the not to distant future, I'd say in the next few weeks here.
Choosing from a host of offers from different Division I colleges, Irish Eyes inquired about his three schools. "Last we discussed this, we talked about Ohio State, UCLA, and Colorado," he said. "But not necessarily in that order, just really amongst those three with Ohio State and UCLA slightly ahead."
Early in the recruiting process Notre Dame was a favorite of Brandon's, so Irish Eyes asked if Brandon had any interest still with Notre Dame. "At this juncture, I would think not, only because they have not offered. " he said reluctantly. "Certainly, back about a month ago, he was very much interested in Notre Dame, but we haven't heard from them since then."
Knowing how strange the recruiting process may be, we wondered if Brandon would consider Notre Dame if they offered. "Yes, absolutely," he said. "If they were to offer, he thinks enough of the school and we think enough of school, the academics, obviously, the outstanding reputation of Notre Dame, the football legacy and Coach Willingham. We think enough of all those things. So, yes they would definitely get some consideration."
Initially, Brandon intended to make his decision before the season opener, but things have slightly been pushed back. "He has always talked about if not before the season, then very early in the season," he said. "So my interpretation of that is anywhere from now to probably the second game of the season. No later then the second game of the season."
Comments: Brandon plays for Mater Dei High School, a school rich in tradition here in Southern California. Their schedule includes nationally recognized Long Beach Poly and Mission Viejo as well as a consistently tough Catholic League. He plays every down on both sides of the ball. As a junior last year, he help lead his team to upset Long Beach Poly in the CIF semi-finals, fending off, at the time, seniors, Kevin Brown, Junior Lemau'u, who are both at UCLA now, Charles Owens(UNLV), and Josh Tauanu'u(California) with an injured wrist. Irish Eyes believes that if Notre Dame commits then, look for the Irish to go down to the wire with the other schools.