Ah Ching Drawing Interest From Out West

Adam Ah Ching

Adam Ah Ching resides in South Carolina, but early on in the recruiting process he's drawing most of his attention from Mountain West and Pac-10 programs. Having completed just his sophomore season at Greer High School in South Carolina, he's already received three verbal offers. TBS caught up with Ah Ching to learn more about him and who he's drawing interest from.

Atamu "Adam" Ah Ching is a 6-foot, 205-pound linebacker prospect from Greer High School in South Carolina. Having just finished his sophomore season, he's already receiving a bevy of interest and has verbal offers from BYU, Colorado and Oregon.

Ah Ching plays middle linebacker for his varsity team and recorded 88 unassisted tackles, 48 assisted tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles this past year. The interest in him is increasing, and as he's set to participate in a lot of camps this coming summer, that interest is bound to only increase.

"Right now I'm very wide open to anyone," he said regarding which schools he's looking hardest at. "Right now BYU is my favorite school, but I really like both Oregon and Colorado as well. I'm open to anyone who shows me interest."

A lot of the interest Ah Ching has drawn from out West is perhaps due to his performance at the All-Poly Camp, where he showed his wares this past summer.

"I love the All-Poly Camp and will be attending the camp again this next summer," he said. "I also plan to attend BYU's camp, Oregon and Colorado if I can. I want to look at both Oregon and Colorado a bit closer. I already know about BYU, as I've been there and I have several relatives that are part of their program."

Those relatives include such players as Harvey Unga, Iona Pritchard and recent Cougar commit Taloa'i Ho Ching.

"I really like BYU and their program," said Ah Ching, who is LDS and has plans to serve a mission. "I like the spirit they have and share their same standards. I like the coaching staff a lot and get along very well with all of them."

Even though his family resides in South Carolina, Ah Ching has been able to watch a lot of BYU's games this past season.

"We have The Mtn., so I was able to watch them and some of their games," he said. "I saw the Oklahoma game and that was really nice to see them play so well against a team like that."

His interest in and from Colorado largely stems from the Buffalos' assistant coach Bryan Cabral, who helps run the All-Poly Camp each summer.

"I've known Coach Cabral since I was a freshman and I really have a great relationship with him," said Ah Ching. "He's a coach that gets the best out of his players and I've already learned a lot from him from attending the All-Poly Camp."

Regarding Oregon, he's been very impressed with how they play defense.

"They play a 3-4 base defense that is very aggressive," he observed. "Coaches there say they envision me playing their Sam linebacker spot which will come off the edge to blitz a lot, which I really like. From what I've seen from Oregon, I'd love to play there and in that system."

Ah Ching has recently received some interest from Penn State and Oregon State and hopes their interest continues.

"Penn State is Linebacker U, so obviously I like them as a linebacker," he said. "Oregon State has a lot of Samoans playing for them, so I really like that. They have a good Samoan community there. I hope to learn more from and about both of those schools."

In the meantime, Ah Ching aims to work on his strength and his speed. He currently runs a 4.7 forty and can bench 310 pounds, but hopes to improve on both measures.

"Most players want to work on those things and I'm no different," he said. "I want to get bigger and I want to get faster. I know that I can improve on both my speed and my strength. I hope to show well in the camps this summer and hopefully to receive some more interest. I'm very grateful and honored to have had the offers that I do from BYU, Oregon and from Colorado."

Ah Ching also has plans to attend the Nike SPARQ Camp, which will be held in Utah this summer. As a sophomore with three offers already under his belt, he looks to be one of the more national recruits on BYU's radar for the 2012 recruit class.

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