Austin Hoyt commits to BYU

At 6 feet 7 inches and 240 pounds, Austin Hoyt is big and athletic. A tight end and defensive lineman for Argonaut High School, he has already received one scholarship offer from the University of Utah. On Friday he received his second, this one from Coach Mendenhall of BYU, and he committed soon after.

BYU's Junior Day started out with the prospects working out with the coaches. Austin Hoyt first worked out with the defensive linemen, and then went and participated with Coach Weber and the offensive linemen.

"I started out with the d-line today because I thought I would like the d-line more," Hoyt said. "I was going to do half and half with the d-line and the o-line, so I started out with the d-line first and then went with the o-linemen."

Following the day's drills, Hoyt and other prospects had a special meeting with Coach Bronco Mendenhall.

"He talked to me about the standards of the team and the school," said Hoyt about the meeting with Coach Mendenhall. "He talked about the standards and expectations and a lot about what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches, always being an example and staying clean."

Later, after the Junior Day festivities, Coach Mendenhall extended Hoyt a full-ride scholarship offer.

"After he gave me the offer he said, 'Well, you can commit now, a month from now or a year from now,'" Hoyt said. "I said, 'No, I want to commit now and this is the place where I want to be.' My dad and mom were both very, very excited and think this is the best place for me to be. Everyone is very excited."

Hoyt had first received a scholarship offer from the University of Utah, but he attended BYU's Junior Day in the hope that he would receive a Cougar offer.

"The reason why I wanted to commit to BYU is because being on campus, I can feel the Spirit," Hoyt said. "Everywhere you go and being with the coaches, and the Spirit they have and the standards there, I just felt this is where I needed to be. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the standards of the program are the same. BYU has always been my top school because of that reason, and so I committed to be a part of that program."

In addition to being capable of playing on both lines, Hoyt also plays tight end for his Argonaut team. His footwork and athleticism, however, led to the coaches of BYU thinking he belongs on the offensive line.

"Coach Weber thought I looked really good at o-line, so they're going to move me to be an offensive tackle," Hoyt said.

Hoyt won't turn 19 until April of 2013, so he will come to BYU for a year before then serving a mission. He's excited to be a part of Coach Mendenhall's program and the mission of BYU as the football program heads off into independence.

"I'm so excited just to be a part of this program," Hoyt said. "All the tradition and everything the program stands for, I'm just so grateful to be a part of it. The coaches are amazing there. Getting an offer, I'm so grateful for that, and to be a part of BYU's program is so amazing. I'm super excited!"

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