Chaz Ah You hit one of his major recruiting targets this week.
Before the season started, Ah You wanted to trim down the list. Mission accomplished as the four-star safety from Provo, Utah, released via Twitter Monday a group of 12 programs he’s considering most as official visit season looms.
BYU, Cal, Iowa, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Utah State, Vanderbilt and Washington made the list.
“Really a lot went into it,” Ah You said. “Me and my dad came up with a 12-question criteria of what we’re gonna look at for schools. One of the questions is, who’s recruiting me? Is it the position coach, head coach or is it just a recruiter that’s in my area. That’s one of them.
“Academics is obviously a big part of it. It’s a lot of things that went into it. I was able to finalize it (Sunday).”
Ah You can now start moving forward with official visit plans, a process that’s already begun.
Stanford, Notre Dame and UCLA have all been in talks with Ah You about trips during the season. So far nothing is set in stone, although Ah You sees visits to those programs as a definite moving forward.
“Basically they’ve shown love for a long time and they haven’t fallen off at all,” Ah You said. “They’ve been pretty constant with everything as well as letting me know where I’d fit into their system. That’s a really big part of it plus how good my chances are to come in and play early.”
Notre Dame hosted the 6-foot-2, 200-pound prospect during the spring. Ah You made the trek to South Bend without a scholarship offer and received one during the visit.
Since that trip, Ah You and defensive backs coach Todd Lyght have maintained steady contact. Lyght doubles as potential position coach and area recruiter. He’s zeroed in on a pitch that’s resonated with Ah You.
“They’ve shown the love,” Ah You said. “A lot of schools have said they want me or need me but haven’t followed up on the recruiting with it. Also their pitch as well has kept them on the list. The four for 40, taking four years of your life to set yourself up for 40 years after. That’s obviously a big part of it.”
Ah You noted that Notre Dame, Stanford and UCLA have all made it apparent how they want to use him at the next level, whenever he arrives. Ah You plans to take his two-year Mormon mission between high school and college.
“They’ve told me kinda the same thing,” he said. “They see me as sort of that hybrid safety that can come down and play in the box plus drop back in coverage. That’s where they see me going in and making the biggest impact I can on the team.”
Now with a top group formalized and some visits in the works, Ah You turns his attention back to football. That’s become especially important as a senior with Ah You part of a new program.
Ah You’s father, Jasen, took a job with the BYU football program as director of football athletic relations. That moved the family to Provo, where the younger Ah You enrolled at Timpview High School, which has one of the best football programs in the state. That’s the same program that produced former Irish safety Chris Badger.
It’s been an offseason of transition for Ah You as he’s gotten used to a new batch of teammates. But none of that has stopped him from setting some lofty goals for the coming season.
“Personally, I want to put out good enough film to show why I’m up there competing with the No. 1 spot at safety for the Class of 2017,” Ah You said. “Another personal goal for me is to play in an All-American game. I hope to produce and showcase what I can do. I feel like I’ve been a little overlooked this summer with all of that, so I have a little bit of a chip on my shoulder.”