Stout Might be a Summer Decision

Zac Stout, the 6-2, 215-pounder from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, is one of the best linebacker prospects in the west. He talked to us about his recent unofficial visits to two California schools, and how he might not wait until next fall to decide...

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian's Zac Stout (6-2, 215) is still sitting on four scholarship offers but the interest level in him from several other schools is picking up.

"Recruiting is going real well," said Stout. "I have four offers right now, from BYU, Arizona, Oregon State and Washington. And then I'm hearing from most of the Pac-10 schools, like Cal and UCLA, and some other schools like Alabama, Nebraska, Florida State, Michigan and Tennessee."

Stout said while it's too early to name a favorite he's partial to a few schools. "The four that have offered me are definitely up there," said Stout. "And then Cal and UCLA are pretty high, and Arizona State too."

Stout has been up to Cal and to UCLA already this spring, taking a look at both campuses. He was at Cal's Junior Day and at UCLA for a basketball game, but didn't make the Bruins' Junior Day.

"Cal's really nice up there, I really liked it," said Stout. "UCLA is close by so I'm going to try and get out there again this spring."

Most of Stout's attention is coming as a middle linebacker, which is where he wants to play and where he's starred for the Lions.

Stout is hoping to get his decision out of the way before the Lions' shoot for another CIF-SS title. "I'm hopefully going to make it around summer, so I can concentrate on my senior year," said Stout.

During his 2008 junior season, Stout finished the year with a team-leading 112 tackles, 81 solo, 22 for loss, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions and one returned for a touchdown. He was named First Team All-State Underclass by and helped lead Oaks to a 14-0 season and the CIF-SS Northwest Division title.

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

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