Provo Timpview (Utah) safety Chaz Ah You knows where is going on four of his five official visits. The four-star safety will be heading to Washington, Oklahoma State, UCLA and Stanford over the coming months. Most of these visits will happen in-season, but he will be visiting Stanford in January.
The senior stressed the five visits weren’t indications of frontrunners. He hasn’t taken official visits to in-state Utah, BYU and Utah State, and he said he wanted to use these visits to see some programs in his top-12 that he hasn’t seen before.
Ah You’s top priority when choosing a school is that his destination accepts his plan to go on a LDS mission from 2017-2019, which all 12 of his remaining schools have done.
Stanford currently has three returned missionaries on the roster. Ah You has been speaking with one of those players, Stanford safety Dallas Lloyd, about making the transition to college life and playing in the Pac-12.
“He told me to trust the process,” Ah You said. “He said (Stanford strength and conditioning coach Shannon Turley) can get you back in shape and where you need to be to be competing against the teams that Stanford goes against every week.”
Ah You said seeing real-life examples of players thriving on the field after returning from missions helps him see himself at Stanford.
“(Lloyd) said it was one of the best decisions of his life, going out to Stanford, because he knows that if football doesn't work out for him his degree will take him wherever he wants,” Ah You said. “I definitely look at that and take it into consideration.”
While the Cardinal are coming off two tough games against the Washington schools, Ah You said seeing the way Stanford played is something that he looks for in a program.
“I just like how competitive Stanford is. The score doesn't pan out the way you want it, obviously, but those guys are getting after it and competing,” Ah You said. “I love seeing the fight in them when they are down. That says a lot about the program and their character.”
For now, Ah You is studying the play of Baltimore Ravens safety Eric Weddle, the smartest safety in football, Ah You claims. He is continuing to work on his man-to-man coverage and covering the run and the pass.
“I just really worked on my physicality. I just wanted to make it so I could come down and fill holes and take on running backs and receivers,” Ah You said. “I think my work has been paying off a lot.”
Ah You said his commitment could come any time after his high school season concludes.