Ziggy Ansah's improbable journey continues in New York
Instead of taking off winter semester and preparing for the draft, Ansah enrolled in the final class he needed to graduate — American heritage. A serious student, he will graduate with a degree in actuarial science with a minor in math.
On the field, Ansah burst onto the college football scene last fall as he displayed his amazing athleticism and play-making abilities. He started attracting extensive attention from scouts, NFL executives and draft experts.
"He honestly has no clue of what's happened to him," BYU linebackers coach Kelly Poppinga said.
Last December, Ansah was featured in the pages of Sports Illustrated.
"He doesn't get that. It doesn't make sense to him," Poppinga said. "I was talking to him about it and he looked at me like, 'What's the big deal?' It's cool to see a kid that's come as far as he's come and being as humble as he's stayed and not got caught up into everything. He's an impressive kid."
Last fall, agents from around the country began stalking Ansah in hopes of signing him as a client.
Because of the overwhelming interest in Ansah, BYU implemented a new protocol, assigning compliance coordinator Adam Sanft to oversee the process of helping Ansah select an agent.
Sun West Sports, a Stockton, Calif.,-based agency, identified Ansah as a potential client and followed BYU's protocol. Van Woerkom has represented former Cougars Chris Hoke, Hans Olsen, Dallas Reynolds and Vic So'oto. Van Woerkom also represents Mendenhall.
"We came to several games and watched Ziggy," Van Woerkom recalled. "BYU started a new procedure where we talk to the Compliance Office and schedule a meeting at the end of the season. We did that. It went from there. We stayed in touch with him. It took Ziggy a little while to make his decision. It takes Ziggy time to make decisions. It certainly didn't happen overnight. It was a lot of work. He decided he wanted to be with us. We signed him, and away we went."
Following an MVP performance in the Senior Bowl and a successful NFL Combine, Ansah is here in New York now, preparing for his next challenge, somewhere with an NFL team.
Ziggy Ansah's life is about to change — again.
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