Niam Visits Pitt

While Hudson, Ohio product Mike Niam has yet to garner his first written scholarship offer, there is plenty of interest in him from around the nation. Recently he took a visit to Pittsburgh to watch the Panthers host the Cincinnati Bearcats and after speaking with him it was obvious that the visit itself really impressed the linebacker.

Mike Niam, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound strong side linebacker from Hudson High School in Hudson, Ohio is hearing from many schools in the MAC, Big East and Pac Ten and recently took an opportunity to take in a game at Pittsburgh, one of the schools that have been recruiting him vigorously as of late. The visit was one that he will not forget and it sounds like Pittsburgh could be the top choice for this young athlete.

"This summer I camped at Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Eastern Michigan and all of them are recruiting me right now," Niam stated. "I also hear regularly from Miami(OH), Ohio, Akron, Kent State, Stanford and Bowling Green."

"I went to see Pittsburgh play Cincinnati and the visit went really well overall because I had a lot of fun and it was a good win for them," Niam explained. "I liked being on the field a lot and the coaching staff and players did a great job making me feel welcomed. One of the things that I like a lot about Pittsburgh is that their staff is not only focused on making you a great player, but a great person as well. They have a heavy focus on academics with their players and want you to be a better person and grow into a man during your time there."

"Coach (Paul) Rhoades is my recruiter and I like him a lot because he shows me the most interest of any school and calls me all the time," Niam added. "I actually consider him a friend basically. All of the coaches are great and have solid backgrounds as well which is big. He actually came into the school today and watched some film with me and took more with him. He says that they like my speed, range from sideline to sideline, awareness, aggressive style of play, hustle and coachability. At first they were looking at me as a middle linebacker, but now he says they like me at SAM. I just loved the campus there, thought the facilities were excellent and really thought Heinz Field would be a great place to play. The visit was definitely a 10 for me."

As a junior, Niam collected 115 tackles, eight of which came for a loss, two sacks, an interception and forced four fumbles while recovering three. He was named first-team All-Conference and second-team All-District.

Niam has a max bench press of 320 pounds, carries a 3.4 core GPA and scored a 1790 on his three-part SAT test.

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