#1 Linebacker But Still no Offers

Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon's <b>Andrew Schantz</b> is widely considered the best linebacker prospect in the area -- but he still doesn't have a scholarship offer to date. He has been hearing from a good group of schools, though...

Canyon Country (Calif.) Canyon linebacker Andrew Schantz (6-0, 220) has done pretty much everything he has needed to do during the summer to get schools interested in him.

He excelled at the Nike Camp in Los Angeles, running a 4.52 forty, a 4.4 shuttle, jumping 30.4 inches and doing 21 reps on the bench.

The L.A. Times rated him the #1 linebacker in Southern California, and The Insiders rated him #1 in the West.

Yet, he still doesn't have one scholarship offer. Schantz broke a bone in his foot last year and college coaches have yet to really see him play that much.

"It's a little frustrating," Schantz said. "But I can understand why. The coaches didn't get to see me, they tell me they want to see me on film, so I'll just have to show them what I can do."

. While no offers have been given, he is hearing quite a bit from UCLA, USC, Oregon State, Oregon, San Diego State and Fresno State.

He has also indicated that he is a longtime Notre Dame fan, and if the Irish got interested, it would be mutual.

Schantz attended UCLA's Junior Day in May and enjoyed the experience. He is being recruited to UCLA by coach Gary Bernardi.

With the colleges taking a wait and see approach, Schantz says it will allow him to play for his team and focus there. "Right now, my focus is on my season and on my team. It's on what I can do to help the team win. The other stuff will come later," said Schantz.

As for being highly touted in the area, Schantz is taking it like no big thing. "It's not like a quarterback or wide receiver, there isn't really a bullseye on my back. It's not like teams will be ‘there's Andrew Schantz, lets go after him.' It puts a little pressure on me though, but it felt pretty good to be rated high," said Schantz.

This weekend, Schantz and Canyon teammate, quarterback Nate Longshore, are planning to be at the UCLA home opener at the Rose Bowl against Illinois.

"I'm looking forward to going, but my main focus this weekend is playing Lancaster [Canyon Country's opponent Friday night]," said Schantz.

He has a 3.0 GPA and scored a 920 on his SAT.


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