Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco linebacker Chandler Leniu (6-1, 230), has been one of the better linebackers this spring on the 7on7 circuit.
Leniu won the MVP at the NLA Elite 7on7 after he helped AIGA win the tournament.
For a middle linebacker, one who prides himself on the physical nature of his game, Leniu has seen the value that the 7on7 circuit has brought him.
“It’s really helped me a lot, especially with the small amount of running teams today and teams liking to pass more,” said Leniu. “It’s helping me improve in pass coverage and show I can run and move around. The preparation for 7on7 has been really helpful for me.”
Leniu has a pair of offers, from Iowa State and Fresno State, and thinks more schools could be close.
“I’m hearing from Arizona State, Iowa, Boise State, Washington and BYU and one of those could be close,” said Leniu.
Leniu said schools are recruiting him as just a linebacker, deciding on if its middle or outside when he gets there.
“They’re just recruiting me as a linebacker and then they’d see where I fit in the program,” said Leniu. “I play middle linebacker and I’m 230 right now, but I’m trying to cut down on my weight so I can be real fit for the offseason, but then close to the season, I’ll put on the weight and be back to around 230 or 235.”
Leniu is LDS but isn’t sure what his plans for serving a mission are just yet.
“Right now I’m just thinking I’ll talk it over with my family before I make a decision,” said Leniu. “It’s just two years for the Lord. I’ve been working my whole life for football, but also going to church my whole like, so we’ll see where it goes. I’ll take into consideration if a school says they want me to come in now and not leave.”
Leniu said his family is leaving the decision to him on where he’d want to go.
“My family wants me to go where they want me to go, and they’ve said it’s my choice,” said Leniu. “But I’d like to be close to home.”
Academically, Leniu has a 3.3 and is taking the ACT next month and the SAT in May.