Stout Shows Strong

Zac Stout is leading national power Oaks Christian toward a state championship while picking up individual honors along the way. Having committed to BYU over the summer, he's looking more and more like someone that could be contributing to the team sooner rather than later. TBS caught up with Stout to learn of how his season has gone and what honors he's picked up.

Zac Stout play for powerhouse Oaks Christian, which is perennially on the top of the national rankings for prep schools and for good reason. The football program is chalk full of Division I prospects and is subsequently on top of the heap of the Southern California prep scene.

Predictably, they've gone 10-0 so far this season with a state championship well in sight. They're settling in for the homestretch, having entered the playoffs as the number-one seed and not having lost for an astounding 31 straight games.

Stout's role in Oaks Christian's success is a big one, anchoring the defense at the middle linebacker position. Having recently been named as a First-Team All-State selection, Stout is the model of what a middle linebacker should be with his quiet and somewhat unassuming nature off the field, and an extremely focused and intense demeanor on it in leading the Oaks Christian defensive ranks.

"We've had a great year for sure," he said. "We're 10-0 and now we're trying to repeat as state champions, which is our biggest goal, obviously."

While Stout's prep career is rife with success and great experiences, one experiences in particular stands out. He had the opportunity to travel up to Washington earlier this year to take on good friend and fellow Cougar commit Jake Heaps' Skyline High School.

"That was an incredible experience," he said. "It felt like being on a college team with flying out there and staying in a hotel the night before. It felt like another level of football. Although the game didn't count toward our league play it was a game I wanted to win badly, as I didn't want to hear about it from Jake if we lost. It was a tough game, but I was thankful that we came out on top."

Stout is joined on Oaks Christian by another Cougar commit in Alani Fua, who has taken his game to another level this season while starring at both tight end and defensive end.

"He just gets better and better every day it seems," admired Stout about Fua. "He could play either tight end or at defensive end, he could play a lot of positions with how athletic he is and do great at all of them. He's really been key for us this year and will be when we're at BYU as well."

Make no mistake about the fact that both Stout and Fua will not only sign with BYU as two of the top athletes of the 2010 class, but if they were to sign with most schools around the country they'd be just as highly regarded. A testament to both of their prospects came with a dual invitation to play in the national Offense-Defense Prep Bowl in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina this coming January 2.

"It's a great honor for both of us, absolutely," commented Stout. "It won't just be me and Alani, we'll have Erick Kohler there as well who plays offensive line for us. We're all very excited about the opportunity to show nationally what we can do. Like I said, it's just a great honor to be named to that team."

Stout has kept close ties to BYU and with his future teammates throughout the season, having made some unofficial trips to the school while catching every game he can on TV.

"We went out there for the Florida State game and although the team didn't have one of their better games, I had a great time," he said. "The atmosphere was amazing, along with meeting up with guys like Jake Heaps, Kyle Van Noy and the others that will be my teammates there. BYU is definitely the school I want to play for, and in watching them play I could really see how well I'd fit in with what they do defensively. I can't wait to get there."

Stout will be joining BYU after finishing up high school this coming spring, which will put him quite a bit behind future teammates such as Jake Heaps and Ross Apo that will be arriving in Provo soon after the new year.

"I'm so jealous of them and that they get to be there so early," he commented. "Man, I wish I could join them, but I'll be ready to go when I get there, whenever that may be, that's for sure. I'll be ready to compete and give it my all. We'll have to see how it goes, but I can't wait to get there, that's for sure."

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