Leniu wins MVP, could soon win more offers

Chandler Leniu at the NLA 7on7 in Vegas

Bellflower (Calif.) Bosco linebacker Chandler Leniu was named to the FOX Sports NEXT All-Tournament team on defense at the NLA 7on7 in Vegas, he was also named the tournament MVP. So where does he stand with offers? Leniu spoke with FOX Sports NEXT in Vegas.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Bellflower (Calif.) Bosco linebacker Chandler Leniu is an understated kid. When interviewed he answers questions politely and humbly, and is entirely precise.

You might never guess after speaking to him that he has a nasty streak on the field. Nasty -- a term usually used with a negative connotation in daily life, but a term that demands the utmost respect in the football realm.

Asked if he was aware of his reputation as a feisty player, Leniu smiled and said, "Yes… I have a nose for the ball and love to play middle linebacker."

The 2014 6-foot-1 230-pound linebacker was named the Most Valuable Player at the New Level Athletics Elite 7on7 in Las Vegas over the weekend. His team won the tournament and he quickly deflected all praise surrounding his award to his teammates.

"This was a total team effort by everyone," he told FOX Sports NEXT. "It was just a blessing to be out here with such great teammates and coaches."

Leniu said he was anxious to get back on the field, not having played the game since November at Bosco. "It's been a long time since I've been on the field," he said after his first game of the tournament. "I just need to get out there and work on some things to prepare for my final year in high school."

I just need to get better and better at running to the football, my speed, my strength," he continued. "I need to react right, work on some of my footwork and I just need to keep getting stronger."

Leniu currently holds a scholarship offer from Fresno State. He received it in January. "Their program is pretty good," Leniu said. "They have good athletes who get ready there for the next level."

It could only be a matter of time before more offers start to come in. Leniu says he's been in contact with Arizona State, Boise, BYU, USC, and Washington -- adding that ASU, BYU, and Boise seem close to offering.

"Those programs are all pretty good," he said. "They all get their players through their programs and prepare them for success."

Though Leniu hasn't distinguished any favorites yet, he says BYU would be a great fit for himself and his family. "Being LDS, I know everything is good there," he said. "I know how they run things, everything is church related. It would be a great fit. My mom wants me to keep strong in the church and do football at the same time."

Leniu was also named to the FOX Sports NEXT All-Tournament team for defense.

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