Cali DL likes the Aztecs

Defensive end Stephen Van Hook is an under the radar prospect who has a couple of early offers and could really emerge with a strong spring and summer.

Stephen VanHook led one of the area's top defenses a year ago at Perris (Calif.) Citrus Hill. The rush end racked up 12 sacks on the year and led the Hawks to a 12-1 record with their only loss coming in the Eastern Division semi-finals.

The athlete shows an explosive first step and very good closing speed. He plays as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker and would be an ideal fit as an outside ‘backer in a 3-4 scheme.

"Right now, I have scholarship offers from Washington State and San Diego State," Van Hook said. "I'm also hearing from Colorado, UCLA and Fresno State and they all seem very interested as well. They're going to come by to see me in the spring and also want me to camp with them but all could offer.

"I recently visited San Diego State and I really liked it there a lot. They have a great campus and I like the coaching staff a lot. They had offered me a week before I visited so I wanted to get out there and check out the place and they're probably my favorite school right now."

Van Hook said he has no plans to make an early decision and will go through the recruiting process.

"I don't want to rush in to anything," Van Hook said. "I want to wait until the fall and do some visits. I'm looking for a school where my family can come see me play and somewhere that I'll be comfortable at for the next four years of my life."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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