The 2017, four-star safety has impressed the Cardinal coaches and Friday night Under the Lights was no different. As most of the event wound down, Chaz Ah You got a great reward.
"Coach Anderson and Coach Akina pulled me aside and told me that they liked how I played," Ah You said. "They see that I have good character and that they would love for me to come play at Stanford."
After a hearty workout, Ah You didn't know how to respond. "I was speechless."
Now, after taking some time to digest the offer, Ah You says he is just thrilled.
"It was a big blessing for me and my family," he said. "Stanford is a great school and will prepare me for life after sports. So I was thrilled to hear they saw something in me worth offering. That they saw that I'm good enough to play at that level and that my character is good enough to enroll at Stanford."
The Cardinal will have its work cut out for them to land Scout's No. 1 safety in the West. The 6-2, 190-pound junior already has 12 offers, including from Pac-12 rivals UCLA, Utah, and Washington and, among others, BYU, Wisconsin and Oklahoma State.
"I want a school that will get the best out of me," Ah You said. "I don't want to leave college thinking I could have gotten more out of myself, whether it is academically or sports-wise. So I want that school to give me the best chance at becoming the best person and player that I can be on and off the field."
It sure sounds like Stanford will be in the running until the end. That said, as he gets ready for his junior season, Ah You is in no hurry to make any decisions about college anytime soon.
"I am going to play it smart. I'm not going to commit until my senior year. I am going to do my homework on all the schools that are recruiting me and make sure that the school that I pick is going to be the school that I stay at all four years of college."
Ah You is already looking toward his education, saying he would like some sort of business major. However, he does allow for the fact that could change as the years progress. Whoever does end up landing Ah You is also going to need to be patient. The plan now is Ah You will take his Mormon mission right out of high school. Ah You says that could change, but for now, an LDS mission is the plan. So we're not talking about seeing Ah You in a defensive backfield until 2019 at this point.
For now, however, Ah You sounds very happy with his offers and will likely pick up many more as the year progresses. He had a great time at Junior Day.
"It was a lot of fun," he said. "I love competing with some of the top talent that was there. A four-star wide receiver, a five-star corner, it was fun just getting to meet them and see how they compete. Overall, it was good to just get out there, run again and show the coaches what I can do."
Right now Ah You is in training camp getting ready for 2015. He says he likes the team he has, but it's going to be a tough test for Westlake High School this year. Third up on the schedule is Bingham High School, ranked No. 13 in the nation, per Ah You.
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