The Cincinnati product, out of Colerain High, is right in the main recruiting area of assistant coach Bruce Tall. Along with offensive line coach Ron Crook, WUV has mined the Buckeye State for multiple commits, and the 6-6, 245-pound Nathan Niehaus is the latest addition to a class rapidly developing with its 16th player. The commit is Crook’s third lineman, along with fellow Scout.com three-star players Jake Buccigrossi and Josh Sills.
Niehaus played tight end last season, and projects as a very athletic exterior offensive lineman at the collegiate level, according to Scout.com Ohio recruiting analyst Dave Berk. Berk noted that Niehaus will need seasoning, but after a couple years in the weight room and being involved in the day-to-day development at the Power Five level, should become a solid player capable of handling the rigors of the Big 12.
Niehaus runs a 5.20 40-yard dash, and was on the Scout.com Southwest Ohio Watch List as a prospect making significant strides toward becoming a legit player at the major college level. Berk wrote that “at 6-foot-6, 245-pounds, Nathan Niehaus will intrigue college coaches when they see him. Listed as a tight end, Niehaus has a frame that could grow into a major offensive tackle. Unlike some who play tight end, Niehaus fully understands and would accept a college offer as an offensive lineman. Great frame and feet, Niehaus is a player we hope to see in the summer on the camp circuit showing his pass catching abilities. Even if he’s a lower level receiver, someone will get a great under the radar tackle.”
Niehaus ranks 19th in the Midwest as an offensive tackle and fourth in the talent-rich state of Ohio at the same position. He’s 71st nationally, with offers from Louisville and Illinois, as well as other Division I programs. His frame and size fits well with West Virginia’s scheme, and Niehaus appears to be an up-and-coming prospect worth watching throughout his initial seasons.
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