"He committed to Notre Dame," Brandon Nicolas' mother Kim Nicolas said when asked if her son had made a decision.
"Notre Dame offered last week. But he waited to commit. He finally decided not to wait any longer."
"Ohio State and UCLA were his next choices. It was a hard decision for him."
The 6-foot-5 and 260 pound Nicolas, from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei was his conference lineman of the year his junior season. He made 40 tackles including 14 for losses.
Nicolas could play defensive end, defensive tackle, or on the offensive line in college. He is the Rivals.com number 25 strongside defensive end prospect and has a three star ranking.