March 23, 2010

Niklas sorting through the recruiting process

Walking around the Rivals.com Five-star Academy, Troy Niklas stood out as one of the tallest players to walk through the doors of De Neve Plaza at UCLA. After recently picking up an offer to attend USC's Rising Stars Camp and fresh off visits to the Bay Area schools, Niklas is closer and closer to standing out on a football field as well.

"Stanford, Cal, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oklahoma," Niklas said about schools who offered. "I'm still kind of looking. I know I'm going to go up to Cal and go to the USC Rising Stars Camp. That's kind of the only things I have planned out so far.

The Anaheim (Calif.) standout was unable to attend USC's recent junior day but has been in contact with the coaching staff.

"(I've been talking to) Coach Helton," Niklas said. "He's a real funny guy. I love talking to him.

"I was just talking to the coaches because I wasn't able to get out to their junior day because it was on the same day as Stanford and Cal. I wasn't able to get down there so they just want to see me as an athlete and work with me hands on (at the camp)."

Niklas checked in at the Five-star Academy at 6-foot-6 and 242 pounds. Although generally regarded as a tight end at the next level, such size may lend itself better to playing defensive end. The Trojans are one team who would like to see Niklas up close and personal to decide which position he might help at the most.

"They haven't declared whether tight end or defensive end," he said. "I think they just want to see me and kind of feel it out."

As the recruiting process starts to play out over the summer, Niklas remains interest in USC regardless of what position he might play.

"I'm definitely interested in the winning tradition," Niklas said. "They always work hard. They're also close to home so my parents can come watch the game, even though my dad said he would move wherever to see me play. (It's) a good education and good connections for a college."

USCFootball.com will continue to keep you updated as Niklas proceeds through the recruiting process.

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