Niklas Has Three Visits Set

Troy Niklas is one of the top overall prospects on the West Coast in the 2011 recruiting class. The standout athlete from Servite High School (Anaheim, Calif.) has his list of schools narrowed down to three and the Irish are one of the three.

Troy Niklas (6-foot-5, 245-pounds) has been concentrating on helping Servite to another strong season, but signing day is two months away, so he's starting to focus a little more on his recruitment.

"Stanford, Notre Dame and USC," Niklas responded when asked about his top schools. "Notre Dame is in the mix because of its great tradition, education and connections after school. There are a lot of good people that went to Notre Dame and that are at Notre Dame right now.

"I really like the coaches. Coach Denbrock and I have had constant contact over the last four months. He's a really nice guy and he's definitely one of the reasons that I'm considering Notre Dame.

"I just like the overall feel of Notre Dame and I think the program is headed in the right direction," he said. "It's got a lot of history… It's just a special place."

Like Notre Dame, Stanford has been at the top of Troy's list of schools for most of his recruitment.

"I've been up to Stanford d twice," Niklas said. "I went up during my bye week for the USC game and I went up for their junior day last June. It was a good experience. It was a beautiful campus, just like Notre Dame. There are definitely some great people up there as well. It definitely doesn't make my college decision very easy."

USC recently extended Niklas a scholarship offer and although they were late to the part, they certainly have made Niklas' decision more difficult.

"I just started talking to the coaches, but I didn't have an offer from them, so it really wasn't an option for me before," Niklas explained. "A lot of the stuff I like about Stanford and Notre Dame, I like about USC. I know people don't think about it, but USC has a very good degree."

Although Niklas has been to each school in the past, he has yet to take any of his official visits.

"I'm going to take all of my officials and then make my decision," he said. "I'll take them the last three weeks of January. Stanford Jan. 14, USC Jan. 21, and Notre Dame Jan. 28.

"It's going to be a real tough decision, but it's a decision that has to be made. " Top Stories