Cougars get big lineman commit

On Monday Coach Mendenhall received a phone call from a 2012 prospect informing him that he was committing to BYU. The commit by a 6-foot-8-inch, 295-pound offensive lineman marks the third commit from the class of 2012 for the Cougar program.

He's a big one, and will be playing on BYU's future offensive line, but that day will have to wait. Zach Lindsay still has one more year of high school football to play for the Davis Darts, but despite that fact, he decided to make it official on Monday and commit to the Cougars of BYU.

"I thought about it a lot and decided it was the right thing to commit to BYU," said Lindsay, who plays right tackle. "I just think it's the right decision. I've just liked BYU all of my life. It's kind of been a dream of mine to go there. I pretty much grew up a BYU fan. I'm really excited about it."

At Davis High School, Lindsay is coached by Ryan Bishop.

"I went into [Coach Bishop's] office and today we thought would be a good day to do it, so I went into my coach's office and we called Coach Mendenhall up," said Lindsay. "I told him that I wanted to go there and that I really wanted to play for him. He was really excited, like when I went down there. On the phone he just told me that he wanted to make sure that I really thought about it. BYU just seems like a good place for me to go to."

Now that Lindsay has committed to BYU, he wants to improve not just as a player, but as a person.

"I just now need to make goals, and Coach Mendenhall gave me good advice," said Lindsay, who is LDS. "Coach Mendenhall wanted me to do good in school and in life. I know I have a responsibility to be better now that I've committed to BYU. I know there are things that I need to improve on and those are goals that I'm going to make. I know I need to improve on getting stronger and getting stronger in the Church and being a better person on and off the field."

Though he grew up a BYU fan, that wasn't the only reason Lindsay chose to commit to the Cougars.

"I just really like BYU's coaching staff they have there," he said. "I also just really like the players that go there. I'm also Mormon and that was a big part of it as well, but I just really like BYU and have pretty much my whole life."

Close friend and teammate Troy Hinds, a highly rated defensive end prospect who currently has 10 scholarship offers, was one of the first people to know of Lindsay's commitment to BYU.

"He was one of the first people I spoke to after I committed," Lindsay said. "He was really excited for me. He also has an offer from BYU and I'll have to work on him a little bit, but I'll support him on whatever he decides to do though. He was way excited for me after I told him."

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