Weeks commits to BYU

The Cougars are currently down in New Mexico for their bowl game. On Friday night before the game, 6-foot-4-inch, 200-pound wide receiver Josh Weeks committed to Bronco Mendenhall.

With a scholarship offer in hand from BYU, Josh Weeks decided there was no reason to wait any longer. It didn't matter who else offered the Show Low receiver, he knew in his heart that BYU was where he wanted to be all along.

"The whole time through the process I actually thought back to Thomas S. Monson during the last General Conference," Weeks said. "I was thinking back to that and how a lot of guys like to see how many offers they get on the table. For me to do that would be kind of prideful and not really showing my gratitude from my Heavenly Father for the offer that I have. After the fireside from [Friday night] I really thought about that and decided to make my commitment to Coach Mendenhall and BYU."

Some of the talks at the fireside also made an impression on Weeks.

"There were two seniors that spoke at the fireside," Weeks said. "One was B.J. Peterson and the other was Jameson Frazier. They both spoke about how they worked really hard to walk onto the program. I was sitting there thinking about how hard they had to work and thought about the scholarship that was given to me. They had to fight for what they got, and so for me to have a scholarship right in front of me made me think."

Weeks, who attended the fireside with his family, met up with Coach Mendenhall afterward.

"We waited around for him because he was meeting with all the people. After he was done meeting all the people at the fireside, I caught him on his way out and the first thing he asked me was, 'Are you going to come play football for us?' I said, 'Yeah, I plan on it.' He then said, 'Can I commit you to that?' I said, 'Yeah, I'm going to commit to that.'

Weeks was then caught off guard by Mendenhall's reaction.

"When I told him that I committed to him, he was really reassuring to me that I made the right decision. He put his arm around me and gave me a hug. It was kind of unexpected and I wasn't thinking he was going to put his arm around me. It just showed the kind of man he is. He's like a father figure and great example. After I committed and he put his arm around me he told me that I earned it and that he looked forward to helping me reach my full potential. I look forward to … letting him mold me into the football [player] and man that I can become. I feel like someone up above was looking out for me and allowed me to go to BYU. I'm excited about what the future hold for me and BYU.

"It doesn't get any better than being able to go up there and play football and being able to represent my faith," Weeks continued. "Since I was a kid, BYU was the school we watched. Growing up, BYU was the college that I really wanted to go to. They were the only school that I really wanted to pursue, so when I got the offer it was a no-brainer for me and I wanted to take the opportunity when I got it.

"Pride destroys our gratitude, and if you're going to a school for a wrong reason it can. I think going to BYU is going to be something where I'll be able to represent the whole institution and represent something much more than just football."

After committing, Weeks felt reassured about his decision.

"When I was walking away with my parents I had this feeling come over me that I'll be able to go out and represent my family, BYU, my faith and my people," Weeks said. "Both of my parents are BYU graduates and for them it's a dream come true. For them to have a son go to BYU and play football is just great for them. I called my whole family, my uncles, my brothers and my sister and let them know that I had committed to BYU. They were all congratulating me and telling me how proud they are of me."

Weeks still has one more year of football to play for the Cougars of Show Low High School. He has also been invited to a prestigious combine.

"The main thing is I have the U.S. National Combine and I've been training for that," Weeks. "It's the top 500 high school football prospects in the nation. It's on January 6-8. For the underclassmen they invite you to the combine and for the seniors they're the ones that perform in the game. Hopefully next year if everything works out I'll have the opportunity to play in that game."

Weeks has also been invited to participate as a member of the Arizona Elite 7-on-7 football team in Las Vegas, Nevada.

When Weeks arrives at BYU, the Cougars will be getting a wide receiver that broke six state records at the 3A level.

The records that Josh Weeks broke are as follows:

Single Game yardage record – 288 yards vs. Winslow in the State Quarterfinals

Season receiving yardage record – 1,561 yards

Career receiving yardage record – 3,311 yards

Career reception record – 149

Season touchdown reception record – 20

Career touchdown reception record – 41 (this is a record for all classes in Arizona that play 11-man football)

Other accomplishments by Josh Weeks include:

Led his team to the State 3A Championship in a thrilling 20 - 17 win over rival Blue Ridge

For this season, Josh finished with 73 receptions for 1,561 yards (an average of 21.3 yards per reception) and 20 touchdowns. In addition to playing wide receiver, Josh was a two-way player and started at cornerback. He had two interceptions, including one for a touchdown, and had 22 solo tackles and 55 total tackles.

On special teams, Josh averaged 25 yards per punt return and had a return for a touchdown in the first round of the playoffs.

Last year as a sophomore, Weeks was named to the All-Arizona Football Team (all classes through 5A) as a wide receiver and was also named to the MaxPreps Sophomore All-American Team.

Weeks has a 4.0+ grade point average in high school. He also stars on his basketball team and was a First-Team All-3A East Region selection as a freshman. In addition, he runs track and specializes in the 400 meter run.

Following his senior year of high school football, Weeks plans on serving a mission prior to enrolling at BYU.

He wanted to express his gratitude to Coach Mendenhall and the rest of the BYU staff as well as letting BYU fans know that he'll do his best both on and off the field.

"I just want to say that I feel that I made the right decision and I'm looking forward to becoming a part of the BYU family. I look forward to putting on that helmet with that Y on it and represent them and others that have come before me. I look forward to putting forth my talents as best as I can to represent the high standard that the program of BYU expects. Christmas came a week or two early. It's definitely an exciting day for me. I feel like I've put in a lot of hard work and I'll continue to put in the hard work for BYU, the fans and for Coach Mendenhall."

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