Mike Dudzinski, a highly regarded 6' 7", 300-pound All-State offensive lineman. A similar "waiver request" submitted by the University of Utah earlier this year for Dudzinski, who signed with the Utes two years ago, was denied by the NCAA."> Mike Dudzinski, a highly regarded 6' 7", 300-pound All-State offensive lineman. A similar "waiver request" submitted by the University of Utah earlier this year for Dudzinski, who signed with the Utes two years ago, was denied by the NCAA.">

Dudzinski gets NCAA green light; will play for BYU

Utah's loss is BYU's incidental gain. The NCAA Clearing House today approved a "waiver request" filed by BYU for true freshman <b>Mike Dudzinski</b>, a highly regarded 6' 7", 300-pound All-State offensive lineman. A similar "waiver request" submitted by the University of Utah earlier this year for Dudzinski, who signed with the Utes two years ago, was denied by the NCAA.

The ruling came in a phone call today from the NCAA and clears Dudzinski to play Division 1 football, paving the way for him to sign and play for BYU this fall.

Dudzinski, an All-State offensive lineman his senior year at West Jordan High School, was recruited by BYU, Utah, Weber State, Utah State and Texas Tech.

According to the NCAA Clearing House, there was an apparent grade discrepancy with one of Dudzinski's 9th grade Math classes . Ironically, BYU experienced a similar situation with another of its own offensive lineman Scott Young. except that Young's case involved a 9th grade English class. Young's case was reversed on appeal in BYU's favor.

Almost two months prior to Dudzinski's return from his LDS mission in late March, University of Utah athletic officials learned of the grade discrepancy and filed an appeal on Dudzinski's behalf.

A top Utah athletic department official confirmed months ago their NCAA waiver request was denied.

"It wasn't the University of Utah who did this, it was the NCAA. He (Dudzinski) is a non-qualifier and because of Mountain West Conference rules, we are not able to have him here."

Not satisfied with that response, Dudzinski's parents, Jim and Rosemarie Dudzinski, contacted BYU's recruiting coordinator Mike Empey. He referred them to BYU's compliance officer, Jim Kimmel, who told them they had a legitimate and very good case, urging them to appeal again.

Kimmel's office worked with the family and BYU submitted their "waiver request" on April 29. This time their prayers were answered.

"We are just so happy this was successful and Mike will be able to play. We're just happy BYU was able to help us do this," his mother Rosemarie said.

Mike has applied to be admitted to BYU for this fall and plans to walk on. When he first approached BYU coaches earlier this year, his family said they told them if the waiver request was successful, he would be able to earn a scholarship for next winter semester if BYU coaches are impressed with what they see.

TBS was not able to reach Dudzinski today in Las Vegas for comment.

Ironically, Dudzinski grew up a big Utah fan and during his recruiting visit with former BYU coach Lavell Edwards, Edwards told him he wanted him, but "to follow your heart." He signed with Utah.

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