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2020 Double Feature! Upper Merion Lineman Stefano Nikolaou commits to Dickinson: Learn why AND see who Stefano is! @UMVikingsFB @UMAHS_ATHLETICS @snikolaou51

Written by: on Wednesday, August 12th, 2020


Last year in Strath Haven,  Vikings of Upper Merion battled to the end of the first round playoff game but came up just short.  After the game, Head Coach Victor Brown had some kind worlds about his offensive line. “We’ll be back” he said, “this line comes back and it’s one of the best I’ve ever coached.” One key component is 6’2 270 lineman Stefano Nikolaou.  He helped pave the way for a backfield did fairly well in 2019, and they’ll be the key to holding down the offense this season while breaking in a new quarterback.

Stefano has had interest from several schools such as Alvernia and Gettysburg, but Red Devil program of Dickinson that impressed him the most. “I committed to Dickinson because I absolutely loved everything about the College. It is a great academic school along with a great football program. I know that we will be successful in the coming years” said Stefano. He made his announcement on twitter tonight:

“Dickinson is on the rise. The staff is very focused on winning. To top that, Dickinson’s facilities are second to none. ” He’ll line up on the offensive line, which is no surprise here. He’s got a strong motor and can move people out of the way. “Dickinson is on the rise. The staff is very focused on winning. To top that, Dickinson’s facilities are second to none,

Nikolaou says it was the professionalism that Coach Glennon showed him that also played a part in making his decision. His “tell you how it is no matter what” attitude is something that impressed also.  He also said that his parents gave him freedom to make his choice of college, and they respect his decision. “My dad is my mentor. He was a coach for me in youth and has always pushed me to be my best” so the support for his decision from them is pretty important. “I’m looking forward to winning championships

As far as the recruiting process goes, Stefano said the Covid 19 situation didn’t really affect his decision. ” I was fortunate enough to visit many schools prior to the pandemic. Dickinson was one of those schools. During the pandemic I took place in many zoom calls with a variety of schools. The recruiting process was enjoyable for me. I met a lot of great people along the way. ”

“To my teammates, you guys are my brothers for life. I will never forget the memories we have made together. Hopefully we get to create more this year. Thank you to all of the Upper Merion community and everyone that has come out to support the team on Friday nights.”

So, now that he’s committed, let’s get to know a little bit about Stefano:

Stefano has been named Blue-Grey All American, All PAC OL  and All area OL .

PFN: Tell everyone out there in the football world something they’d never know about you until you told them: *

Stefano: My average Chick Fil A order is 25 dollars

What are your goals for this coming season?

Stefano: PAC championship

What is your favorite Pro team, any sport?

Stefano: Philadelphia Eagles

What game, yours, college or pro, was your favorite game and why?

Stefano: 100% the Birds winning the Super Bowl.

What sports movie would you watch every day if you had to pick one and why?

Stefano: Gridiron Gang

Name a sport you’d love to play but can’t:

Stefano: Ice hockey

What is your most embarrassing sports moment?

Stefano: Giving up a homer to one of my best friends in little league baseball

What is your favorite football memory to date?

Stefano: Getting an interception on homecoming against Upper Perk

What is your favorite play to run?

Stefano: Guard trap

What restaurant is your go to when you need a big meal?

Stefano: Plaza Azteca or Bdubs

Which one? Sheetz or Wawa

Stefano: Wawa

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