Linebacker Prospect Andrew Schantz

He had an impressive showing at the L.A. Nike Camp and now college coaches are making Canyon Country (Calif.) Country a stop on their evaluation tour to see linebacker prospect <b>Andrew Schantz</b>...

In an area that has proved fertile to UCLA, the Santa Clarita Valley has another prospect in this recruiting season , one that UCLA is looking at -- and vice versa.

Linebacker Andrew Schantz, 6-0, 220, Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon, is another top prospect from the same neck of the woods as current Bruins Matt Moore, Manuel White and Pat Norton.

"There have been a lot of great players from this area, Manuel White, Matt Moore, Kyle Boller, that I think it shows we have good guys here," said Schantz.

Schantz really made himself a prospect to reckon with at the Los Angeles Nike Camp in April, when he turned in a very strong performance, one of the best among the linebackers at the camp. He ran a very fast 4.52 in the 40, and a 4.48 20-yard shuttle, while jumping 30.4 inches in the vertical and putting up 21 reps on the bench. "I think I did real well there," he said. "I had a good time going against great players."

As a result, college coaches have put Schantz and Canyon Country High on their list of stops this evaluation period. UCLA, along with USC, Florida State, Washington and Washington State, have all been to campus recently. Schantz is hearing from UCLA assistant coach Gary Bernardi. "He is a great guy, really down to earth, very professional, and he doesn't make you nervous when he is talking to you."

Schantz attended UCLA's spring practice and was thoroughly impressed by what he saw there. "It really amazed me, how organized they were. I was blown away by it. They would switch drills and not waste any time, and would be right into the next drill. I really was amazed by that. UCLA is definitely on my list."

While Schantz would prefer to stay close to home, he said there are some exceptions to that policy. He said, "If Florida State or Notre Dame offered, I would have no problem going there."

For now, Schantz intends to focus on his senior year, and not worrying about the decision. "I don't want the decision to affect my play, so I'll focus on that when its time."

Schantz plans on attending UCLA's Junior Day at the end of the month. He currently has a 3.0 GPA and took the SAT on May 3rd.

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