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Thursday, March 30, 2006

St Louis University High School Offensive Lineman Niko Mafuli

Niko Mafuli
6'3, 293
Class of 2007

February 7, 2006

St. Louis lineman visit Iowa City
Blair Sanderson

One of the biggest visitors at Iowa's junior day on Saturday was 6-foot-3, 293-pound Niko Mafuli of St. Louis, Missouri. Mafuli attends high school at St. Louis University High where he was a teammate of 2006 Iowa recruit Paul Chaney this past season.
Nike Mafuli caught up with SLUH head coach Gary Kornfeld to talk about his outstanding junior.

"Niko was 6-foot-3, 293 pounds as a junior and ran between a 4.8 and a 4.9 forty," said Kornfeld. "He throws the shot and discus in track and he's a real strong guy with great feet. He benches 365 and squats 600 pounds."

Mafuli, who could play either offensive or defensive line in college, earned second team all-metro honors as an offensive tackle in 2005, as SLUH finished with an 8-2 record. The junior is already on the recruiting radar for several teams this year, including the in-state Missouri Tigers.

"Niko has already been offered by Missouri," Kornfeld said. "I think he should be one of the top recruits out of the St. Louis area next year."

Stay tuned to for continued coverage of Iowa's junior day this past weekend.

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