Niklas Discusses Top Three

Anaheim (CA) Servite High School has become one of the most dominant football programs in California, with an active 23-game winning streak, and four-star offensive lineman Troy Niklas has been a big reason for that success

Anaheim (CA) Servite High School has become one of the most dominant football programs in California, with an active 23-game winning streak, and four-star offensive lineman Troy Niklas has been a big reason for that success.

Niklas is one of the most heavily recruited big men on the West Coast, with offers from schools like USC, Notre Dame, UCLA, Oregon, Stanford, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

While the 6-5, 265-pound athlete remains focused on his senior season, he is looking to spend the next four years at a school with strong academics and a tradition-rich football program.

For Niklas, three schools currently fit that criteria, and he let us know what he likes about each one.

USC: "USC has a great business program and they have a lot of nice guys over there. It's close to home and they have that smash mouth tradition."

Stanford: "Stanford is another school that is rich in tradition, and has great academics. Of course, they have this entrepreneurial program that I would really like to take part in and the football team is going in a good direction right now."

Notre Dame: "It's rich in tradition. Plus it's another Catholic school so it would be a lot like Servite."

The versatile big man has played a number of positions in his high school career and is being recruited at a different position by each of his top schools.

USC is recruiting him to play offensive tackle, Stanford as a tight end and Notre Dame would likely use him on the defensive line.

So what position does Niklas prefer to play in college?

"I don't really care too much," he said. "I am just looking to have fun."

The Servite standout will likely visit USC, Notre Dame and Stanford before making a commitment, and said distance won't be a factor in his decision.

"I don't mind going out of state, but if USC is the best place for me, then I will go there. It really doesn't matter how far away a school is."


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