Wolford finds a home at BYU

Bobby Wolford had never been to Provo before Friday, but after an entire day spent there, he quickly decided that he wanted to stay. He committed to Cougar coaches after Junior Day, as he found BYU to be a perfect place for him.

Bobby Wolford is a 6-foot-3-inch, 230-pound linebacker prospect from Bishop Kenny High School in Orlando, Florida. He had offers from Navy, Princeton and Harvard, and Boston College appeared very close to offering him before he decided to commit to BYU.

"I absolutely loved BYU the second I set foot on their campus," he said. "It's just a very good feeling there, a better feeling than I had at any other school that I visited."

Wolford is not LDS, but lives by strong Christian principles that make BYU a good fit for him.

"I love the honor code at BYU," he said. "It's a big thing for me, and I everything I've heard about the place made me believe that I'd like it. Well, I loved it even more than I thought I would, and it's why I decided to commit."

Wolford's main recruiter was Coach Nick Howell.

"I love Coach Howell and how he talks to you," Wolford said. "He always makes you feel good about yourself, and I loved what he taught me about BYU. I love that he put forth the effort to bring me to a school such as BYU."

Junior Day was the first opportunity Wolford had to meet with Cougar head coach Bronco Mendenhall. He came away very impressed.

"Other than my high school coach, he's the coolest coach I've ever met," Wolford said. "He's more than a coach, he's like a father figure, which I love. He talks to you like a man, and you know that he cares for you not just as a football players, but as a person."

Wolford cites almost perfect grades and test scores, which led schools like Harvard and Princeton to be attracted to him. Academics are obviously important to him, and he feels that BYU will be a great opportunity for him in that regard.

"I want to study business, and BYU has one of the top business schools in the country," he said. "I love the Marriot School of Business, and really want to get into the graduate school there and get my MBA."

Overall, everything BYU had to offer him was perfect in his mind.

"To have the opportunity to play for a great football program and attend a school with high moral standards that has a great business program, it's really perfect for me."

Wolford's younger brother, John Wolford, was also at Junior Day and impressed coaches. He's a 6-foot-1-inch, 180-pound quarterback prospect who is only 15 years old and is already receiving a lot of attention.

"BYU hasn't offered him yet because he's so young, but they probably will," said Bobby about John. "He liked it there a lot too, and coaches said that they were really impressed with him."

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