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Ertz Still A Hot Commodity
Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista tight end Zach Ertz (6-6, 230) is quickly moving up the ranks among the elite tight ends nationally. An excellent performance at the Badger/New Level Pass Camp, his first football action since October, when a fractured forearm sidelined him for the season, showed just how good a player Ertz is. Ertz committed to Stanford in November, but that hasn't stopped a slew of schools from recruiting the big, physical target. "I'm still committed to Stanford but because the admission process is more difficult, I'm still hearing from a bunch of schools," said Ertz. California, Northwestern and Utah have all offered Ertz and Arizona has verbally offered him. Last weekend, Ertz visited UCLA unofficially and went to the Bruins' Spring Game. "It was good and I had a good time there," said Ertz. "We had a chance to get a tour of the campus by one of the tour guides and the tight ends coach (grad assistant Phillip Rauscher) was with us on the tour. Then we went to the Rose Bowl and I met Coach (Rick) Neuheisel. He is a nice guy and really up tempo. I get handwritten letters from them every day and I gave them my film when I visited so I get the feeling they could be offering me." But Ertz said that it would take a lot to get him to waiver on his commitment to Stanford, with the Cardinal offering him before anyone and putting in a big effort early on. "I'm just trying to make sure I have options in case admissions doesn't work out with Stanford, but that is my first choice," said Ertz. In Ertz, the Cardinal have a tight end who will match up with another Stanford commit at the position, Levine Toilolo, who also was on the same team with Ertz in Vegas, and the two were the favorite targets of the "CaliTwo" quarterbacks. The two are easily comprising the best tight end class in the country. "It was great playing with Levine, I had a blast and it was fun winning that. Levine was at UCLA last weekend and we talked the whole time," said Ertz. "It will be fun playing with him in college." Ertz is planning on doing the Stanford Nike Camp later this month and may do their summer camp. He also plays AAU basketball but this summer wont be as active in the tournaments, instead working towards football season. Before the forearm injury, Ertz was off to a big start, catching 38 passes for 382 yards and six touchdowns though 5 ½ games. Academically, Ertz has a 3.6 GPA and will take the SAT this spring.
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