Alta to represent at Junior Day

Alta's Rhett Sandlin committed to BYU back in October, and will be heading to the school's Junior Day this Friday. He'll be bringing with him one of his good friends and teammates, who has received a lot of recruiting attention. So who is this prospect, and what are BYU's chances of landing him?

Rhett Sandlin is a 6-foot-3-inch, 225-pound prospect who could end up playing any number of positions when he gets to BYU. This coming year, he'll be manning the inside linebacker position for Alta.

"I probably won't be playing middle linebacker at BYU, but they've talked to me about several positions they like me at," he said. "I could still play safety for them, but they also mention me playing outside linebacker."

Sandlin is similar to Jordan Pendleton in regards to overall athleticism.

"Coaches tell me all the time that I remind them of Jordan Pendleton," he said.

Since his commitment, Sandlin has been in constant contact with BYU coaches. They've encouraged him to contact other recruits and encourage them to join them at BYU.

"It's something I'll do for sure at Junior Day," he said. "Whenever I'm down there for practices, they tell me about who they're recruiting and encourage me to get to know them. I do what I can on that."

Accompanying Sandlin to Junior Day will be tight end prospect Steven Richards. Richards is a 6-foot-4-inch, 240-pound prospect that coaches have spent a lot of time recruiting.

"Coaches are coming by Alta all the time to talk to me," Richards said. "I've been to their camps, and ever since my sophomore year I've had good contact with the coaches there. Mainly Coach Doman, Coach DuPaix and Coach Poppinga, but I've met with almost all of them."

Richards is being told that he's competing with two other tight end prospects for a scholarship, and that those other prospects are expected to be attending Junior Day. For that reason, he's well aware of how big of a day it is for him.

"It's huge for me," he said. "I'm nervous, but it's a good nervous. I perform well when I know a lot is on the line, and I plan on going to BYU and showing them that I'm worthy of a scholarship offer."

Given his size, one could readily assume that Richards could become an offensive line prospect, but he insists that he has the athletic makeup to continue the great tight end tradition at BYU.

"I'm not just one of those big, blocking tight ends," he said. "I have 4.7 speed, and I have a 33.5" vertical, so I'm very athletic and feel that I have what it takes to play tight end at such a great program as BYU."

Richards grew up in a family that mostly cheered for Utah, but he's found himself a BYU fan ever since he can remember.

"I love watching them play, and I love watching their tight ends," he said. "My favorite tight ends that played at BYU are Chad Lewis – he's probably my all-time favorite – but I also really liked watching Andrew George play, and obviously Dennis Pitta. I'd like nothing more than to add my name to theirs at BYU. That would be a dream come true."

Total Blue Sports will have more on Richards and how he performs after Junior Day.


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