In the last month, Columbus (Ohio) DeSales outside linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo went from having no offers, to adding four from BCS Conference programs. The 6-3, 215-pound Ariguzo now looks at how he will sort through these new offers and handle his recruitment.
Ariguzo's first offer came in from Minnesota in late March. Offers from Wisconsin and Indiana soon followed, and Ariguzo's most recent offer just came in on Thursday.
"Stanford's came in today at school," Ariguzo reported. "I talked to their coach and he said they saw how I moved in space from the strong safety position. They saw how I like to hit and thought I would be a good fit. I was really excited and the coach told me they have the No. 1 Biology program in the nation, so that sounds pretty good."
Ariguzo played safety for DeSales last year and recorded around 75 tackles, several forced fumbles and an interception from that spot. He will move to outside linebacker this fall, however, and is being recruited exclusively for that position by colleges.
"I think linebacker is what best fits me," Ariguzo said. "Hopefully I'll just contribute to the team by making plays."
Besides the four schools that have offered, Ariguzo said he is also receiving strong interest from Ball State and Cincinnati. He has not taken any visits to schools thus far in the process, but plans to start seriously examining the programs recruiting him this summer.
"I'm interested in them all, but I am just going to visit some during the summer and see how they are," Ariguzo said. "I'm not sure what schools I'll visit yet, but I'll find out soon. I just want to see how their schools are academically and whether I like it down there – stuff like that."
Ariguzo is also a standout in the class room where he carries a 3.7 GPA. He is considering majoring in Biology in college and may look to use that degree to pursue a job in the medical profession.