Brandon Nicolas, 6-5, 260,
He certainly has received enough accolades as a result of his junior season. He was named a Student Sports Junior All-American, a member of the Cal-Hi All-State Underclass First Team, All CIF-Division I First team, The L.A. Times All-Star First Team, and Serra League Lineman of the Year, among others. Many believe he could be the best linemen ever to come out of powerhouse Mater Dei. Nicolas said that he graded out "in the 90s" during his games this year, and that his strengths are, well, his strength, endurance and his speed.
Nicolas, while he's named on many recruiting lists as an offensive line prospect, said he's received almost as many honors as a defensive lineman, playing both sides of the ball for Mater Dei. And even though he said he'd play wherever any coach wants him to play, he prefers playing defense. "At this point I'm not sure if college programs are looking at me for offense or defense," he said.
Even though it's early in the recruiting process, Nicolas said he hasn't received a scholarship offer yet, but he's hearing from "a good share of schools."
He said he doesn't have an early favorite, but does have a list of favorites. "My top schools would be
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He said his parents don't have a preference if he stays close to home, or a preference for school. He did say that other issues will be bigger factors. "The facilities, the academics, the coaching and probably playing time" Nicolas said are important.
Nicolas said he has about a 2.9 cumulative GPA and plans to take the SAT for the first time in May.