Nicolas Getting Closer

The line prospect from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, <b>Brandon Nicolas</b>, is getting closer to making a decision, actually telling us when he plans to announce, and he says he's leaning toward a certain area of the country...

Brandon Nicolas, 6-5, 260, Mater Dei (Calif.) High, has already been named one of the top defensive linemen in the West, but is talented enough on offense to be a highly-ranked offensive tackle. And after a summer of plenty of attention, Nicolas is whittling down his list of schools.

"I have 12 offers right now," Nicolas said. "UCLA, Ohio State, Colorado, Arizona State and Notre Dame are at the top, but Notre Dame hasn't offered me yet."

A rare Mater Dei prospect who is considering UCLA, Nicolas camped at Notre Dame this summer, in hopes of getting attention from the same school that fellow Monarchs Mike McNair and Brad Williams attended.

"The Notre Dame camp was great," he said. "I had a really good time there, seeing the campus and meeting the coaches." Nicolas' top five has stayed pretty much constant throughout his recruiting. Formerly from Cleveland, Nicolas grew up watching Ohio State, and is very familiar with the Ohio weather. But living on the West Coast has warmed him up to Southern California. "I've gotten used to the Southern California life. I'm leaning towards staying close to home." After attending UCLA's spring game in April, when UCLA practices begin at Cal State Fullerton next week, Nicolas plans to visit. "I'm hearing from a lot of the UCLA coaches. Coach (Karl) Dorrell, coach (Steve) Axman, coach (Don) Johnson and coach (Mark) Weber. Coach Johnson and Weber are both real good coaches and I like the techniques they teach."

As far as a position, with Nicolas being recruited to play both offense and defense, he does have a preference. "I am leaning towards playing defensive line in college, but I'll play wherever they want me to."

With his senior season fast approaching, Nicolas would like to get his decision done and out of the way. "I would like to decide by the end of this month, early September at the latest. I want to focus on our season and trying to win CIF."

Nicolas is fully qualified.

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