Niklas Has A Slew of Options

The 6-6, 248-pound tight end/defensive end from Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, Troy Niklas, has a dozen scholarship ffers, from all over the country, and UCLA is one of the programs that is seriously courting him...

Anaheim (Calif.) Servite tight end Troy Niklas is one of the premier jumbo athletes in the West in the class of 2011.

The 6-6, 248-pounder is in double-digits for offers, and schools think he could star on either side of the ball for them.

"I'm fine with playing both tight end and defensive end, but I kind of do prefer defensive end," said Niklas.

The two most recent schools to offer Niklas are Florida and UCLA.

"Coach (Brian) White at Florida was the coach recruiting me who offered me. Florida offering me was really exciting," said Niklas. "And Coach (Rick) Neuheisel at UCLA was who offered me and I talk with him a lot. He's recruiting me pretty hard. I went up some of their spring practice."

They join a list that includes Stanford, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Colorado, Colorado State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Tennessee."

With so many offers to choose from, and from schools that span the country, Niklas is taking a very deliberate approach to his recruitment.

"I kind of want to take some time and look at all the schools and find where I fit the best," said Niklas. "I mean, they're all pretty even right now. Every time you think one school is good, another one makes its case. So it's just kind of funny how that works out. That's why they're all about even right now."

Niklas is making plans for camps, and USC, a school he's admired, is one place he may camp.

"I'm not really sure when or if they'll offer me, but they said they want me to go to one of their camps before they make a decision," said Niklas. "They signed a lot of tight ends last year, so I don't know how many they'll sign this year. But I may end up being recruited for defensive end there. If they offered me, I know I'd consider them strongly."

Niklas said he also may camp at UCLA, but the remaining locations are up in the air.

"I know I'm planning to hit a couple of them, and maybe take some unofficial," said Niklas.

As the evaluation period winds down, Niklas was impressed with how many schools, and which ones, came by.

"We had USC, UCLA, Cal, Notre Dame, Stanford and Miami come by," said Niklas.

Niklas said he doesn't mind the recruiting process, despite being one of the top players at his position nationally.

"Honestly, it's fun for me, and it's a good problem to have," said Niklas. "I'm enjoying everything and just living in the moment."

Niklas did say, though, that if the feeling was right, he wouldn't rule out an early commitment.

"If I visit a team before the football season starts, and felt like I could really contribute and it would be a great learning environment for me, then there is a great possibility I could commit," said Niklas.

Academically, Niklas has a 3.4 and took the SAT earlier this month.


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