October 28, 2008

California recruit scores eight offers

Irvine (Cal.) offensive tackle Nik Abele is proving himself to be one of the more sought-after high school linemen the west has to offer this season. Currently the 6-foot-6, 252-pounder lists eight scholarship offers, including one from Colorado State.

Abele reports offers from UNLV, Nevada-Reno, Utah, Boise State, San Diego State, Oregon State, Arizona State and Colorado State. He is also fielding calls from UCLA. While talking to coaches can get a little old sometimes, Abele said he has two standard questions he asks any coach calling him for recruitment.

"One question I ask is to find out if I got hurt, would the scholarship still be there for me and I also ask them how I should eat," Abele said, explaining his interest in nutrition to help him put on good weight for the college game.

This season Abele has been a force on an Irvine football team that is 6-2 with two games left. Abele was first team All-League a year ago, but says he feels like his strength has dramatically improved this year and fancies himself more of a run blocker than a pass blocker.

Right now Abele is hesitant to name a favorite and says he is putting his visit schedule together. Currently he is scheduled to attend the Arizona State/Washington State game in Tempe next month as well as the San Diego State/Utah game. He is also interested in a visit to Fort Collins and the CSU campus, although Abele said he would like to stay close to home.

"I think it is a pretty good school," Abele said about CSU. "I like it. I am looking to visit it after the season."

Abele said he hasn't always been a big college football fan.

"I wasn't really into football at all and I tried it my freshman year and it was pretty good for me," Abele said. "I really still don't watch much of it at all."

When off the field, Abele is big into riding dirt bikes and motorcycles, which has not been without its injuries.

"I broke my jaw last season and broke a collarbone in March, so I really don't ride them that much anymore during the season," Abele.

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