"I played at 310 last year, but I wanted to drop some weight so now I am at 280 and I feel good," Niccum told JCFootball.com recently. "I dropped the weight so I could be more athletic and faster and I've been working out, lifting, to add strength so I can be the strongest I can possibly be."
As a freshman last season, Niccum started every game, earning First-Team All SWJCFC for his efforts.
"I'm aggressive and I feel like I play with a nasty streak," Niccum noted. "Those help me as a run-blocker a lot. My mentality is that I don't want to lose a down to anyone I am facing." Even with his accolades, Niccum isn't resting on his laurels. He's been putting in the work in the weight room as well as the classroom to maximize his abilities.
"I definitely want to become a real student of the game," Niccum said. "I've been studying a lot of film because I want to see everything and recognize what the defense is doing so I can make the right calls when I get up there to the line.
"I am also doing a lot of drills to help my quickness because that can really help me as well."
On the recruiting front, Niccum is still waiting on his first offer, something that probably has more to do with the position he plays rather than his overall skills.
"Right now, Arizona State, Iowa State, Houston, Tulsa and SMU seem like they are close (to offering)," Niccum said. "A lot of them just want to see my first couple of games.
"TCU has some interest in me as well."
"Mainly, I just felt Navarro was the best choice," Niccum said. "I really liked coach Crill. He keeps it real and just wants to make me better.
"Their history is impressive and I really believed I could prosper there."
Niccum is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2015 football season.