Wrapping up his sophomore year at Saratoga Springs (UT) Westlake, safety Chaz Ah You recognizes he has a long way to go in his recruiting process. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have plenty of early options to choose from.
Approaching double digit scholarship offers, the 6-2, 195-pound four-star safety already has offers from the big three in his home state (BYU, Utah and Utah State), three Pac-12 offers in Oregon State, Washington and Washington State and one from nearby Oklahoma State.
And while he said he could change his mind, Ah You looks at his upcoming college decision as a chance to go somewhere different and experience something new.
“Right now, my decision would be to venture out and do my own thing outside of Utah,” Ah You told Scout.com. “It depends on how everything goes. I could see something in the future that would keep me in Utah, but right now I’m trying to spread my wings and get out.”
“The offer was out of the blue, but the coach said he liked me ever since last year,” Ah You said, referring to Wisconsin defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield. “He really just decided to pull the trigger. (Monday) was my first day meeting me. He said he liked me at Pitt, but they never really did any recruiting of me.”
Although the Badgers just jumped on the radar, the school’s reputation precedes itself.
“I know they are a good program,” said Ah You. “I know they know how to win. What I learned about them (Monday) is they are the number one game day atmosphere and the number one football city in the nation. Football runs in the blood over there and that’s definitely a big factor in the recruiting process.”
Ah You worked at both safety and quarterback last season. While schools are currently recruiting him on the defensive side of the ball, Ah You said his ability to spread out defenses, command an offense and show versatility with the offense are strengths that translate to either side of the ball.
“I feel like me playing quarterback helped (schools) understand that I can be a dual-position athlete on the field,” he said.
The month of June will be busy for Ah You and his family, as he plans to do some in-state camps, attend a junior day at BYU, working out at the All-Poly Camp and take campus visits to UCLA, USC and possibly Oregon.
“I’ve worked so hard for (the college interest), so I’ve been wanting it and been working for it,” said Ah You. “I’m excited and relieved to know that my work is starting to pay off. It’s just an exciting moment that schools are interested in me and wanting me.”