February 2nd, 2011
California's Niklas Picks ND Over USC
Servite OL sends his LOI, chooses Irish over Trojans
The University of Notre Dame has lured away one of California high school football's top prizes, as Servite High School (Anaheim, CA) offensive lineman Troy Niklas has decided to head east and join the Irish in South Bend, IN.
Niklas, who started the year at tight end, is 6-foot-7, 243 pounds and runs a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash. He was named 2010 "Lineman of the Year" by the Los Angeles Times and helped lead Servite to a big season in Cali and is a huge "get" for Notre Dame.
According to OCVarsity.com, "Niklas was an active All-County offensive guard who powered into the second level of blockers, even in the fourth quarter. His motor ran smoothly despite logging heavy minutes. Niklas became a full-time, two-way lineman after defensive lineman Jherremya Leuta-Douyere suffered a season-ending injury in the Friars' fifth game."