Desert is no sweat for Ahrenhold

Tyler Ahrenhold

After visiting the west coast last month, Philadelphia safety prospect Tyler Ahrenhold earned a written offer from Coach Mike Stoops with some hard work in the desert heat. Ahrenhold has seen interest in him rise after strong camp performances.

Tyler Ahrenhold, a 6-foot, 177-pound safety from Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, Pa. made his second visit to Arizona last month and his hard work netted him a written offer from the Wildcats.

"I went out to Arizona for the second time in June and when I got home from the camp I had a written offer in the mail," Ahrenhold said. "The atmosphere over there is great. It's like the entire student body is completely behind what the team is doing and there's a lot of excitement for the upcoming season."

As for the camp itself, Ahrenhold was impressed as well. "First of all, it was 108-degrees on the first day of the camp and I was burnt to a crisp halfway through it, so we really got a workout. There were a lot of good west coast players there and I feel like I did really well against some tough competition. The new coaches and Mike Stoops were all great and very helpful."

"I went to Penn State's senior camp as well. There was a ton of great competition there and the atmosphere was good. We did offense vs. defense drills, one-on-one and even some seven-on-seven during the camp. I learned a lot of new technique from the coaches there during the seven-on-seven drills which should really help me in game situations. There was just a lot of individual attention because they had coaches from other schools there as well."

Ahrenhold has ties to the Nittany Lions program as his father Frank Ahrenhold was a defensive tackle there in the late 1960's through the early 1970's.

"Temple was only a one day camp, so we tested in the morning and then went into drills after that. Coach (Al) Golden and the rest of the staff really worked us hard and there was a huge focus on intensity. You never go through the motions at camps, but they were really pushing us to challenge ourselves. You can tell that program is headed in the right direction with the new staff."

"Connecticut was also a one day camp and I could only stay for the morning session as it was so far from home. They have an absolutely beautiful campus up there which is situated on what's kind of like farmland. They talked about the recent improvements being done to the facilities and there seemed to be excitement about the future of the program."

We asked Ahrenhold if he had any favorites at this point and it was very obvious that two stood above the rest at this point.

"I'm open to anyone right now, but Arizona and Penn State are definitely my current favorites. Again though, I'm open to any opportunity that a school wants to give me and will keep my options open."

Ahrenhold recently scored a 1530 on his SAT and carries a 2.8 GPA.

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