One of the fastest rising big men in Southern California is offensive tackle/defensive end Nik Abele (6-6, 252, 4.9) from Irvine, Calif. Abele first caught the eye of Rivals.com with a standout performance at the USC Big Man Camp earlier in June. He backed up his performance with another stellar showing at USC's Rising Star Camp last week.
This talented big man has five offers on the table and it is a sure bet that a lot more are on the way. Boise State, Nevada, UNLV, Utah and San Diego State are ahead of the recruiting curve with scholie offers.
Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, USC and Colorado are showing Abele recruiting interest.
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Though Abele missed three games as a junior due to a broken jam, he still ended up earning first-team all-league from his defensive end spot as a junior.
A two-way starter as an offensive tackle and defensive end, the schools that offered him like him for his skills on the offensive side of the ball.
In the weight room, Abele currently benches 315, squats 420, power cleans 340 and has recorded a 33-inch vertical jump.
Abele has a super high ceiling and possesses the type of frame that D-I colleges love. He will be able carry a lot more weight without losing any quickness or athleticism.
The thing that stood out about Abele was his quick feet and long arms. He certainly passed the look test. He also showed a competitive fire during the drills and he displayed toughness. He also is very fast for a big man.
What is Abele looking for a college?
"Number one, I want to play, get a good education and have some fun," Abele said. "I would like to stay in California, but if that is not possible, then close to California."
Abele is a player who is about to really blow up. Once colleges see him in action, his offers are going rise even further. Definitely a player to watch as the recruiting season gears up.