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Nation's No. 9 Safety Chaz Ah You Recaps UCLA Visit

Nov. 22 -- After taking his first official visit to UCLA this past weekend, four-star safety Chaz Ah You breaks down what he saw from the Bruins during his stay in Los Angeles...

Chaz Ah You arrived in Los Angeles last Friday morning with UCLA very high on his list of schools and returned home a couple days later with that exact sentiment.

The four-star safety from Provo (Utah) Timpview raved about his official visit, admitting that the Bruins have set the bar high heading into a busy recruiting stretch.

"Everything was really impressive," Ah You told "UCLA and BYU have been going back and forth for a while now, so I went into it with an open mind and took everything in. I really loved my visit and they've been pushing really hard for me, which definitely stands out.

"One of the things I really wanted to do was get to know some of the players and hang out with them to see what their lifestyle is like. I was able to get cool with a couple of the dudes there and that really stood out to me, just the drive and the chemistry they all had heading into the USC game."

Ah You, the No. 2-rated safety in the West region and No. 113 overall prospect in the Scout 300, said he was hosted by Jacob Tuioti-Mariner and also spent time with Josh Woods and Jaleel Wadood. At the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Ah You sat near UCLA commit Jaelan Phillips, a five-star prospect and the No. 1 defensive end in the class, and said he heard the recruiting pitch.

"We were able to talk," Ah You said. "Jaelan preaches how it's a family thing over there and that they're on the rise. Only good things are coming to UCLA in the future."

The weekend served as another opportunity for assistant coach Demetrice Martin, who saw Ah You in action in early September, to state his case. Martin had been a major reason why the Bruins were high on Ah You's list prior to the visit and the rangy defender said he was able to get a feel for how he would fit in.

"Coach Meat has been talking about me physically and talent wise, and what I could do schematically," Ah You said. "It was really cool to hear all of that as well.

"I got a chance to sit down with coach (Jim) Mora multiple times, too. He would find some time throughout the weekend to come talk to me and we spoke a lot about what it would mean for the program if I were to come in and contribute. He loves me as a player and as a person, and we also had some casual conversations about everyday things. It was great."

UCLA typically prefers to bring in its top recruits in January closer to National Signing Day, but Ah You said he was antsy to check out a game so he could experience that aspect of the program. He had been to campus a couple times before and actually competed at the Bruins' elite camp the summer prior to his junior season.

The Bruins' ugly loss to the Trojans did not put a damper on the visit, Ah You said.

"No, not at all," he added. "There are a lot of factors that go into the game and it was pretty evident where they were looking kind of weak at and what was going on. I know the dudes that they are recruiting and are committed there now could clean up some of those weak spots in the future. The loss didn't have any effect on how I felt."

UCLA has been supportive of Ah You taking his LDS mission straight out of high school and that continued to be the case throughout the weekend. Ah You, as it stands now, would return from his two-year mission and be a part of a college program starting in 2019.

Ah You, who is also playing basketball this winter, plans to officially visit Washington in December, Stanford in January and then BYU the final weekend before signing day. California and Vanderbilt are under consideration to draw the fifth visit, but it all depends on how his basketball schedule works out, he said. Ah You's father, Jasen, is on the recruiting staff at BYU and made the trip to Los Angeles to see what the Bruins had to offer while the Cougars hosted UMass.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Ah You intends to compete at the Polynesian Bowl in Hawaii on Jan. 21. He was credited with 56 total tackles, including three sacks, and returned two interceptions for touchdowns this past season.

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