One of the top tight ends in the West region next fall will be Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista athlete Zach Ertz. Ertz committed to Stanford last November but still has a host of schools coming after him.
Ertz, 6-6, 230 pounds is a very talented pass catcher who put up big numbers as a junior despite playing in just five games. The tight end caught 38 balls for 390 yards and seven touchdowns before fracturing his forearm causing him to miss the rest of the season.
"The wrist is going good," Ertz said. "I'm back to a 100% and I stopped physical therapy a month ago. We are in full swing with the basketball playoffs so everything is good right now".
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Stanford was the first school to offer Ertz and he wasted little time jumping on it.
"Stanford has great academics and the location was right for me as well," Ertz said. "It's about an hour drive away from my house so my family can come and watch me play. Then Stanford from an academic standpoint, you can't really get much better then that."
Despite the commitment, Ertz has received offers from Cal, Northwestern and Utah is hearing from USC as well.
"I would say I'm about 80% committed to Stanford right now," Ertz said. "I still have another year until Signing Day so there is always a chance that I could find another school but I'm definitely happy with Stanford. Others I like are USC, Cal, UCLA and Notre Dame."
Academically, Ertz is carrying a 3.5 GPA and would like to major in Business. He'll take the SAT later in the year.