Chris Warner BYU Recruiting Trip Highlights

University of Nevada Reno (UNR) offensive coordinator Phil Earley was at his home the night before and at his school the day after (Monday) <b>Chris Warner's</b> recruiting trip to BYU this past weekend.

Earley left him with an impactful and memorable analogy.

"We spent an hour together today and he compared my situation with this great analogy. He said 'there's this old girlfriend that's been with you forever. She continues to stick with you no matter what. All of a sudden a new girl comes along and she's got your full attention. The old girlfriend says, 'I care about you so much I'm going to let you take your time and decide between the two of us.'"

"The UNR coaches have been so good to me." UNR coaches have told him repeatedly he is their #1 recruiting priority this year and have aggressively recruited the 18-year-old McQueen High three-sport standout. He turned down recruiting trips to Fresno State and Boise State.

But "D-day" is this Wednesday for Warner.

Warner's dream school has always been BYU and ALL his brothers and sister currently attend the Provo school. "My Dad's a BYU grad and always thought the world of BYU football. After this weekend, he's even more impressed."

In an individual session with BYU's head coach Gary Crowton, he "told me he's going to try and work with me regarding a scholarship after my mission. He said he'd let me know a week before signing day and that's Wednesday.

"I enjoyed talking to him a lot. He's a very sincere man. He doesn't say things you want to hear and I really respect that. He was upfront and there were no mind games. The best part was he didn't leave me with no hope at all. He's a great man."

He said his BYU recruiting trip experience was "better than a dream. I was surprised at how well they (BYU coaches) treated me because everyone made it a point to talk to me and made me feel extra special. I felt like I was their #1 recruit.

"Everyone from coaches Mendenhall, Tidwell, Empey, Borich, Mitchell, Lamb, Duane Busby, Chris Pella, Val Hale, Jay Omer, graduate assistants Dustin Staley and Kevin plus all the academic advisers just made it so great for me. I loved it and enjoyed it so much."

He added: "BYU is just a big-time class act."

In a TBS article several days ago, Warner's father made a fervent plea to BYU coaches:

"Chris has worked hard for four years for this. It's hard to turn down a scholarship from a school (UNR) that really wants you bad for a school that can only offer him a chance to be a preferred walk-on (BYU).

"It depends how well BYU treats him this weekend and how much they want him. I know other kids are deserving of scholarships, but so is my son."

Son Chris buoyantly declared the coaches treated him like a VIP.

He said he wanted to "show everyone that I really wanted to be there (at BYU). I talked to all the parents I met. No wonder there's good kids going to BYU. They have great parents."

Warner's facts, figures and statistics speak for themselves:

* 6' 1", 190 pound RB, back up QB and DB. Recorded three interceptions with 408 yards on 26 carries - for an 11 yard per carry average as a back up running back (transferring to undefeated, 2002 4A state champion McQueen High as a senior).

* Registered a 4.55 forty on grass at the NevadaPrep Northern Nevada Elite Football Combine last year with 4.32 shuttle with a slightly pulled hamstring from track meet a week before. Ran a 4.48 40 on a regular track and he has a 34" vertical.

* One of only two track athletes selected from Nevada last year to participate in the Great Southwest Track Meet in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He jumped 23' 2" in the long jump and 46' 4" in the triple jump - while also recovering from a hamstring injury.

* He was an All Conference Basketball, Football and Track athlete in Fallon and Reno between his sophomore and senior years. * He also returned kick offs and punts for McQueen High School.

Warner, who is half Japanese (his mother is from Japan), said the UNR coaches initially "told me they would pull my offer if I went on my BYU trip, but they changed their mind when I told him I feel obligated to visit because of my family's background at BYU.

"The head coach changed his mind and said not to worry; that my scholarship offer would be waiting for me after my trip. They are basically babying me."

Warner said coach Mendenhall approached him at one point during the weekend and said: "You're the only guy that has had a smile on your face the whole weekend - and that's good."

He said coach Paul Tidwell, who has been recruiting him since November picked him up from the airport Friday night and coach Empey drove him to the airport. "We had some great conversations."

Asked for the weekend highlights, he said "the snowmobiling was awesome, the food was great and the best part was talking to all the people I met."

Warner's parents accompanied Chris to some of his recruiting activities and were particularly impressed.

He remarked the scholarship challenge for his family is his parents are planning to move back to Japan, they are supporting two boys at BYU and one of his brothers is about to leave for his mission.

"I don't want to put any additional financial burden on my parents. I just hope coach Crowton will have good news Wednesday. I would commit in a heartbeat if they offered. Me and my family are praying and fasting about it.

"If it happens then it's supposed to happen. If not, I'm sure Heavenly Father has something else in store for me."

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