Focus 2010: Oaks LB Zac Stout

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian linebacker Zac Stout is one of SoCal's top prospects in the class of 2010. Already three schools have offered the versatile 'backer, and UCLA is in his early group of favorites...

One of the elite linebacker prospects in the class of 2010 out West is Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian's Zac Stout (6-2, 215).

A two-year starter at middle linebacker, Stout already owns three offers, and two more schools are showing a lot of interest in him.

"I've been offered by Arizona, BYU and Oregon State," said Stout. "I'm also hearing a lot from Oregon and UCLA right now."

Those five schools make up Stout's early favorite list, but the timing of his recruitment, and the distance between now and Signing Day has kept a leader from emerging.

"I don't have a real favorite right now because it's so early. I like the three schools who've offered me plus Oregon and UCLA a lot. I've been to BYU already and a lot of UCLA games and I've been out to Arizona State, so I'm just now getting started in the process."

Stout, who can play either inside or outside, said most schools like him simply as a linebacker, waiting to decide which spot he'll play until he gets to school.

"I don't really have a preference right now, I can play either spot, but I just want to get on the field," said Stout.

Oregon State was the first school to offer Stout, doing so during the summer. BYU followed suit earlier this fall, then Arizona added their name to the mix in late November.

"It was really surprising when I got my first offer but I was really happy. My plan is to commit somewhere right before spring practice. I like BYU a lot, it's a good program and they really want me to go there. And I like UCLA a lot because it's closer to home. Oregon also because Casey (Matthews) gave me a lot of tips when I came up to varsity as a freshman," said Stout.

That 2006 season was Stout's real exposure to the recruiting process, with a dozen teammates in that class signing with D-I programs, including Matthews, who was the Lions' starting middle linebacker. That class also included Jimmy Clausen, Marc Tyler, Marshall Jones and Duke Lemmens among others, all playing significant minutes in just their second year of college.

"Those guys were always really helpful when they were hear and I talk to them now. They tell me college is a lot different and it's a lot faster. Once you get into college, it's a business," said Stout.

The 2010 class at Oaks Christian could rival the 2007 class in terms of the talent level and how many end up signing. With six guys already boasting offers from that class, the conversation has taken place among them about all playing together in college, however much of a longshot it may be.

"Yeah, sometimes we talk about it, but we don't really know all yet who's going to get offered from where," said Stout. "It would be cool, but it's a long ways away."

Stout is LDS and said he's got immediate plans to take his mission.

"My plan is to go right after high school and then I'd enroll in 2012 as a freshman," saidc Stout.

Academically, Stout is in great shape, with a 3.5 and he'll take the SAT in the spring.

On the 2008 season, Stout has 88 tackles, despite few games where he's played into the second half. The Lions are 12-0 and face Morro Bay this weekend in the CIF-SS Northwest Division semifinals.

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