Top Timpview receiver to walk on

The Cougar football program has received some very good 5A first-team all-state walk-on football players over the past few weeks. The staff will add another such player from the 4A ranks to the wide receiver position.

Last season Timpview High School went 7-0 in region 8 play and 10-3 overall with losses to Alta, Bakersfield and East High School. Much of the Thunderbird offensive production came by way of 6-foot-2-inch, 180-pound wide receiver Ricky Shumway, who led his team in receptions while stretching defenses downfield.

"Yeah, I'm going to walk-on at BYU," Shumway said. "That's pretty much the direction I'm going right now. I'm playing basketball right now and when I'm done with my senior year I'll go on my mission, then come back and walk on at BYU."

Shumway plays guard or small forward for the Thunderbird basketball team.

"We've had five games where we've lost by one or two points," Shumway said. "We are so close to being undefeated this year so far, but we just couldn't pull out the close games."

Shumway had an early football scholarship offer from Weber State. However, changes to the Wildcat coaching staff switched things up.

"They did offer me a scholarship, but when they got their new coaches after Ron McBride left, I never heard back from them." Shumway said. "I could never get in touch with them after that."

Shumway never received confirmation that he had a scholarship still on the table. Oftentimes when a new coaching staff replaces an old one, things get lost in the shuffle.

While Shumway may not have heard from the new Wildcat coaching staff, he did hear from BYU's Coach Doman.

"They want me to go play for them, and that sounds good to me," Shumway said. "I'll just go out there and try and earn a scholarship. I think that's something I'll be up to. It'll be a challenge but I'm up for it. I just don't know if it's going to be this year or after my mission or not.

"I'm not quite sure what I want to do yet. I could either go this year and greyshirt or redshirt my freshman year. I just have to make a decision if that's what I want to do."

And what did the coaches say about his decision?

"They just said they were excited to have me on the team," Shumway said. "I did really well my senior year, so they're happy about that."

Shumway's senior season stats are very impressive.

"I had 19 touchdowns this past season," said Shumway. "I also had 1,100 receiving yards as well on 68 catches."

He was recognized for his senior-year performance.

"I was selected as a first-team all-state player by the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune," he said. "I was the 4A first-team selection and Region 8 MVP for the Daily Herald."

His final season became the highlight of his overall career.

"My career stats at Timpview are 31 touchdowns and 1,800 yards and 116 catches," he said. "I had a really good year my senior year."

Shumway, who is distantly related to Long Peak High School star Talon Shumway, said that the Cougar coaches "want me as a preferred walk-on, so I'll go there and they'll hold a spot for me on the team."

While a scholarship would have helped ease the tuition burden on Shumway, he does have access to some financial relief.

"My dad works up at BYU, and so I'll get half-tuition up there at BYU," Shumway said. "He's a professor of Latin American History, so by having him there at BYU will help me with my half-tuition."


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