Zac Stout Update

One of the top middle linebackers in the country now has five scholarship offers, mostly from Pac-10 schools. Zac Stout, the 6-foot-2-inch, 220-pound Oaks Christian linebacker star, might be making a decision on where he will play football at the next level soon.

As coaches are beating the recruiting trail, things are heating up for the services of Zac Stout. The top linebacker in the southland - and possibly the state of California - has just received another Pac-10 scholarship offer, his fourth from that conference.

"Everything is going well right now," said Stout. "[Monday] was the first day that coaches could come by, so Stanford was here that day. Washington State just recently just offered me too, so everything is going just great."

Stout, ranked fifth among the nation's middle linebackers by Scout, currently has five total scholarship offers. He's also made visits to other Pac-10 schools that have yet to offer the talented linebacker.

"Right now I have offers from BYU, Oregon State, Arizona, Washington and Washington State," said Stout. "The schools that I've visited, I've liked them all. I've been up to BYU, UCLA and Arizona State and I like all of those schools. I obviously need to visit some more schools though before I make my decision."

Stout talked about the things that were most important to him when evaluating the different schools.

"I'm looking at the type of environment that I'm going to be in," Stout said. "The type of people that I'll be around is important to me, also the quality of football that's played at the university along with the facilities, so all that good stuff along with academics and the type of coaches that are there."

Given the tenets of his college evaluation, BYU would seem to be one of Stout's top schools. He had positive things to say about the recruiting job BYU is doing.

"BYU is doing a great job with recruiting me," Stout said. "You know, they're recruiting me really well. They're sending me stuff and they called me up when they had their one call on April 15th. I got to talk to all the coaches, and everything is great with me and BYU."

Stout does plan on serving an LDS mission, and said there are some benefits that BYU has for future missionaries.

"I think it's a big positive that BYU has, just all the major positives there such as the environment and the quality of people at BYU are something that I think will help better prepare you to serve a mission," said Stout. "I've definitely thought about that. It's a place that will definitely push me more towards serving a mission rather than not to. Being LDS, it's very important to hold onto the important things in life."

Stout grew up watching current BYU tight end Dennis Pitta play as a wide receiver in high school, and although he doesn't keep in close touch with the current Cougar star, he may head up to catch a BYU game or two this season.

"I might go up there for a game," said Stout. "[The Florida State] game would be a good game to go to."

As for summer plans, Stout doesn't plan on making a bunch of trips.

"We'll be practicing about every day now," said Stout. "I might go up to a BYU Junior Day, but I won't be going up to a camp or anything like that."

One reason why Stout won't be attending a summer camp is because of his high school's football spring practice.

"Spring practice is coming up pretty soon, so I'll just be going through spring practice and everything," Stout said. "Right after that I'm going to make a decision [on what school I'll choose] I think. It starts on May 18th and goes until the end of May I think."

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