Servite’s Troy Niklas is selected The Times’ lineman of the year

From the moment Troy Niklas stepped on campus at Anaheim Servite, he had the look of a future All-American. He was physically imposing because of his size and willingness to work hard day and night. In the weight room, people would see him and predict greatness.

In his senior year, everything came together for the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Niklas, who has been chosen The Times’ lineman of the year.

He was a two-way starter, playing offensive guard and defensive tackle, and he was the player opposing teams had to try to neutralize. He came through again and again for Servite, which went 14-1 and won its second consecutive Southern Section Pac-5 Division championship.

The co-lineman of the year in the Trinity League, Niklas has scholarship offers from Stanford, Notre Dame and USC.

“He’s physically a dominant player,” Coach Troy Thomas said. “And I think he’s going to be a great college player.”