Ask anyone in Greer, South Carolina who the top football player in their neck of the woods is and they will all point to Adam Ah Ching. Adam a 6’ 210 pound middle linebacker is raising the eye brows of top BCS schools including, Nebraska, Utah, UCLA, Colorado, Notre Dame, and South Carolina.
Ah Ching who comes from a solid LDS family is also very interested in an offer from BYU. “He attended camp at BYU last year, talked with coach Mendenhall and loved the experience”, says family friend Rob Nielsen. “He also made fast friends with many of the other recruits including BYU recruit Butch Pau’u.”
Ah Ching will not attend camp at BYU this year because of cost restraints. Adam’s father Otto, was seriously injured in an accident a few years ago and is now wheelchair bound. His mother is a school teacher which means they have limited funds to get Adam to camps out West. Nielsen a close family friend, who is also LDS, was asked by the family to help get Adam to his camps.
Nielsen said, “I was honored to help, I have known the Ah Ching family for a long time. Adam grew up with my sons so he is like family. Nielsen will spend his summer driving Adam to various camps until he gets an offer that will allow him to get a good education. Nielsen adds, “Adam is a humble kid, at the same time he is a very talented kid with aspirations to play in the NFL. Because of his father’s situation, Adam is also a realist and understands the importance of a good education something that makes BYU a great choice.”
Adam will attend the All Poly Camp this week in Bountiful, Utah. “Adam is of Samoan/Chinese ancestry so the All Poly Camp feels like a good fit, said Nielsen, “it also makes sense because coaches from all over the West, including BYU, will be in attendance so the family’s financial sacrifice will hopefully yield a higher return.”
Adam is the 23rd top rated linebacker in the country by ESPN. When asked about the chances of BYU getting a commit from such a highly rated player Nielsen said, “Adam doesn’t care about recruiting stars, only the ones he makes other players see after he hits them. Nielsen quickly added, “BYU is definitely in Adam’s top five, given the families situation they can’t afford to play your typical recruiting games. I know they are hoping for a solid offer this weekend, I can’t think of a better Father’s Day gift.”