Adam Ah Ching is a 6-foot, 210-pound linebacker prospect from Greer High School in South Carolina. He already had offers from both BYU, Colorado and Oregon before obtaining yet another offer that he’s very intrigued with. While attending the All-Poly Camp a few weeks ago, Utah extended a verbal offer.
“Kalani Sitake, Utah’s defensive coordinator, told me they’d send me a written offer on September 1st," related Ah Ching. “He said that he really liked what he saw from me at the camp and that they’d love to have me as part of their program and how he’d love to coach me on defense.”
Utah has very much been the hot school here of late with its recent invitation to join the Pac-10, and recruits such as Ah Ching are taking notice.
“I never thought I’d be interested in Utah, but knowing that they’ll be playing in the Pac-10, that makes me notice them for sure," he said. “It puts them on the map more in my mind and I’ll definitely want to learn more about them before making my commitment.”
Ah Ching performed well at the All-Poly Camp before making his way down to Provo to attend BYU’s padded camp, which he really enjoyed. The first day of BYU’s camp was spent running through drills, while the next day saw him get some personal instruction from Cougar linebacker coach Paul Tidwell.
“He took me aside and had me do some individual workouts for him where he taught me one-on-one," explained Ah Ching. “It was great having good instruction like that. He told me that he really liked my feet, said I had great feet and that my hips were fluid in their movement.”
The next day was spent doing mostly scrimmages, while the final day focused on goal-line situations, which the recruits loved. Ah Ching’s squad finished second in the overall goal line drills.
“That was a lot of fun to be sure," he said. “I wish we would have won the competition, but we did real well as a team, so that was good.”
During the camp Ah Ching was able to visit a bit with Cougar head coach Bronco Mendenhall, which is always a meaningful experience for those recruits genuinely interested in BYU’s program.
“He talked to me about everything but football, which was cool," related Ah Ching. “He wanted to know how my family was, my personal growth, my plans to serve a mission. It was a good talk and I really appreciated how much he cares for me as a person.”
One of the highlights during BYU’s camp for Ah Ching was him being able to meet with Cougar defensive coordinator Jaime Hill for the first time.
“Oh, I really love Coach Hill," Ah Ching stated. “That was one of the best things, hanging around with him. He’s really funny and I really like how he coaches and how he talks to you. It was great meeting him and knowing that I’ll be playing for a great defensive coordinator if I choose to play for BYU.”
Ah Ching finished up his camp performance garnering the camp’s MVP award for linebackers.
His summer isn’t quite over yet, as he plans to attend both Oregon’s and Colorado’s Nike camps. There, he hopes to match - if not surpass - his performance at BYU’s camp on his way to gain even more national attention.
“I want to get noticed just like any other recruit, and hopefully I get a lot more offers than the four I already have," he said. “I’m so grateful for the schools that have interest in me and I hope that even more come along with that same interest so I can make the best decision for me.”
Deciding which school is best for him will boil down to one simple fact in Ah Ching’s mind.
“I want to go to the school that will help me become the best person I can be," he said. “I have mission plans, so that school will have to work with those plans. I plan to play a year and then go, but I really want to go to the school I feel I can grow the most as a person.”