Brandon Nicolas Update

Mater Dei's big two-way lineman, <b>Brandon Nicolas</b>, has six scholarship offers, and UCLA is prominent in his list of favorites...

While it may be somewhat of a down year for offensive linemen on the West Coast, one player that isn't buying into that is Mater Dei (Calif.) High lineman Brandon Nicolas (6-5, 260).

An anchor on the offensive linemen for the Monarchs, Nicolas is actually a rare breed -- a Mater Dei product interested in UCLA.

Nicolas actually transferred to Mater Dei from another traditional national powerhouse, Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius, before last season. College coaches, though, haven't lost track of him, with many making their interest in Nicolas pretty clear. "I'm hearing from Oregon, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA, Washington, Michigan, Arizona State, Colorado, Cal and Washington State," said Nicolas.

He currently has offers from Ohio State, Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA, Cal and Washington State.

"My top five are UCLA, Colorado, Arizona State, Notre Dame and Ohio State," said Nicolas.

Spending seven years in Cleveland made Ohio State his childhood favorite. "Watching them while I lived out there, and them winning the national championship, that helps."

Nicolas attended the UCLA spring game, and had plenty of good things to say about it. He said, "I liked it a lot, The offense was moving along and the defense would make good stands. I like Coach Johnson. He is a real good coach. And I like Coach Weber. He teaches really good drills."

As for Coach Dorrell, Nicolas was very impressed. "I think he is doing a real good job. He is a real good guy and I like him."

Nicolas is not only being recruited as an offensive tackle, but getting some looks as a defensive tackle and defensive end. He concedes, though, that offensive line is probably where he will end up. "I'll play defense for us this year, but I think left tackle is where I am going to play in college."

While he did attend the Nike Camp, he was coming off wrist surgery and didn't go at full strength. "I didn't perform as well as I wanted to because of my wrist, but I think I did alright."

After spending time in Cleveland and time before that in Buffalo, Nicolas definitely favors the West Coast and its advantages. He said, "I like the weather here a lot."

Nicolas said he is "leaning toward making an early commitment and getting it out of the way. Once I know the right situation, I will make the decision, so I think it will be early."

Nicolas has a 3.0 GPA and took his SAT's the first week in May.

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