Robert Chai, 6-4, 275, Newport Beach (Calif.) Newport Harbor, is an offensive line prospect that isn't generally considered to be among the elite on the west coast, but that might be changing. Possibly overlooked because he's 6-4 and 275 in a year when it's pretty common for OLs to be 6-6 and 300, Chai on film looks better, quicker and more effective than many of those bigger west coast prospects.
So far this year, Chai said he's doing very well, and has even improved from last year. "I feel like I'm even stronger and quicker," Chai said.
Cal has been Chai's favorite school for a while, but he hinted that things could be changing. He didn't say he had a leader when asked and did say that Cal's woes this year could affect his decision. "Yeah, it would probably change things in my mind if they don't do very well," he said.
Chai listed Cal, UCLA, USC, Colorado, LSU and Nebraska as the schools he's considering. He said that Cal, Colorado and Washington State have offered scholarships.
His favorite school growing up, he said, was UCLA. "I'm from Southern California, so it was the natural thing," he said. In fact, he's said he's been to UCLA's campus a number of times, including for a week to attend a seminar when he was a sophomore. "I really liked the campus at UCLA. I was very comfortable there," he said.
Chai said that the factors in his decision are the education, the quality of the football program and the environment. "The area, the surroundings, mean a lot to me. If I like it a lot, like the campus, that will be a big factor."
Chai said he has no real time frame about making a decision but will wait a while "to see what schools offer a scholarship." He said he'd probably like to officially visit LSU, since the LSU coaches have expressed an interest in him taking a trip, Colorado, Cal, and "maybe Nebraska."
Chai said, though, that he'd probably end up staying close to home for college. "To me, it doesn't really matter," he said. "I'd like to stay close, but it's not that big of a deal. The west coast would be good, and Southern California would be good. My mom wants me to go someplace close."
Chai intended to go to the UCLA/Ohio State game last weekend but couldn't make it. "On our team, we watch film on Saturday. But I'm definitely going to try to go to UCLA's next home game," he said.
Chai said he's maintaining a 3.0 GPA and scored an 1100 on his SAT.Here's the most recent update on Chai from Pac-West Football