UCLA Keeping An Eye On O-Lineman

Irvine (Calif.) offensive lineman Nik Abele is now up to eight offers, with a couple of Pac-10 offers and a Big 12 school offering. Visits are being set and UCLA is starting to take a long look at him...

Irvine (Calif.) offensive tackle Nik Abele (6-6, 250) is up to eight offers, and a few more Pac-10 schools are starting to get involved with him.

Abele has been offered by Arizona State and Oregon State, to go along with previous offers from Utah, Boise State, Nevada, UNLV, Colorado and San Diego State.

"UCLA has been sending me a lot of stuff and they're talking to me a lot. I just talked to Cal on the phone (on Monday night). UCLA said they wanted me as an offensive lineman and so did Cal. Most schools want me as an offensive lineman, but San Diego State said I could play defense if I want," said Abele. "I would probably play right tackle in college."

Abele took his first official visit earlier this month to Colorado.

"It was awesome and the campus was cool," said Abele. "My host was Matt Bahr, freshman from Mission Viejo. Coach Hawkins said I could go in there and try defensive line but they liked me more on offense."

Arizona State and Oregon State have been the most recent schools to offer Abele, and he's planning on visiting them both.

"I was going to visit Arizona State last weekend, but it didn't work out so we're going to reschedule. Oregon State said they only like their visits to happen in January, so I'll be going up there in January," said Abele.

Abele said he's also hoping to visit Cal and UCLA, either officially or unofficially, but much depends on if an offer comes from them.

"They (UCLA and Cal) didn't really tell me when they would offer, but that they want to get my film and evaluate it a little more," said Abele. "I'd like to take all of my official visits, but I may decide before I take them all."

This weekend, Abele and his Irvine team will take on Westminster in the first round of the CIF-SS playoffs.

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