Alta's Handley one to watch

BYU has already received commitments from Steven Richards and Rhett Sandlin of Alta High School. The Cougar coaching staff has also extended a preferred walk-on spot to 5-foot-10-inch, 170-pound Bryan Engstrom, who squatted a state record of 535 pounds this year. Now, another Alta Hawk is attending BYU's summer camp and is apparently a very good prospect for the 2013 class.

During the 1987 season, tight end Darren Handley – who former BYU head coach LaVell Edwards compared to Gordon Hudson for his ability to get open – began his BYU career with a team-high 52 catches for 636 yards and three touchdowns.

Now, Darren's son plays wide receiver for Alta High School.

"His son, Harrison Handley, is a great kid," said Alta head coach Bob Stephenson. "He's coachable and a hard worker and one of those type of kids you just want around. He's only going to get better."

Darren, the former Alta High School All-American-turned-Cougar, became a favorite target for Sean Covey during the 1988 season. Now, his son Harrison is camping at BYU and making waves.

"He's got two years left to play," said Coach Stephenson about Harrison. "He's around 6'5", and around 190 [pounds]. He's a really hard worker and runs around a 4.7 [forty] I would say. Last year he played with the sophomores for us, but this year we're really starting to get a good look at him. We're excited about him and we'll get a good look at him when we go to our padded camp next week. We'll be able to see what the whole package looks like next week, but we're definitely very excited about him."

Though he currently plays receiver, Harrison was quickly snatched up by Cougar tight end coach Lance Reynolds at BYU's camp on Tuesday.

"They like him as a tight end," said Coach Stephenson. "He won't play tight end for me because I have Steven Richards who has already committed to go to BYU, so I have two kids that are already going to go to BYU in Steven Richards and Rhett Sandlin. Steven is going to be my tight end this year, but BYU likes him as a d-end, so Harrison will probably play the X or Z position for me at that wideout position this year. BYU likes him at the tight end position."

According to his head coach, Harrison fits BYU's athletic and character criteria perfectly.

"I know the kind of athlete BYU looks for in terms of ability and character, and Harrison fits the bill," said Coach Stephenson. "He's very coachable, [is a] hard worker and is dedicated. He'll do whatever the coaches ask him to do. He's just got that personality and character about him that BYU is after. He'll be a great fit for them and would be a great fit for anybody."

Total Blue Sports will follow up on any further developments with Harrison Handley.


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