The Christian Folau Primer

OCT. 2 -- We have a few facts on the four-star middle linebacker from Salt Lake City (Utah) East, the four schools he's now focused on, but some other schools he'd like to receive an offer from...

Since announcing Christian Folau decommitted from Stanford earlier today, questions have been pouring in on Twitter and the message boards about him and his situation. Hopefully this clarifies things:

-Folau was committed to Stanford for close to 16 months.

-- He's 6-1 and 240, ranked the 8th middle linebacker in the nation, and #181 overall.

-Stanford really wanted Folau and told him they would keep a spot open for him up until February.

-The issue are not grades, Folau maintains a 3.9 GPA, with all the AP courses required for Stanford's admissions.

-His hangup was the ACT test. After multiple failed attempts (Stanford requires a 25), he became frustrated, stressed, and distracted by it. Today he decided to forget about the test and look at his other options.

-Per his Coach, Brandon Matich, Folau is focused on four schools. Oklahoma State, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.

-Through his 16-month commitment, OK State, Wisconsin, and Vanderbilt recruited him the hardest.

-Oregon, Washington, Notre Dame, and Alabama were Folua's other favorite schools (dream schools) along with Stanford. Notre Dame and Alabama have shown minimal interest, but Oregon nearly offered him this summer.

-Gary Andersen and Coach Chad are two of Folau's favorite coaches. Wisconsin also landed his best friend, Ula Tolutau last year.

-Oklahoma State has Ofa Hautau, who is a friend, mentor, and former teammate of Folau's. They also have Beni Tonga on staff, who has a strong relationship with East HS and Christian.

Folau also said he was very much interested in UCLA, USC, and Oregon and was hoping to earn offers from those schools.

-East High School is less than half a mile from where the Utes play football. Folau has grown up down the road from Utah and has a lot of friends on the team.

-Folau is LDS and will be going on a mission.

From a football prospective, I do not think there are many linebackers better than Folau. I have watched him close to a dozen times in person and love his game. You won't find better instincts anywhere. Folau reads offenses perfectly, and is often in the backfield before the offensive line can react. He is a tremendous pass rusher and is also stout against the run. His area of weakness would be playing the pass, but he has improved that a lot over the past year.

From a leadership prospective, Folau is second to none. He is a warrior on the football field and his energy is contagious. There isn't a locker room in the country that wouldn't improve with his presence.


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