BYU Camp: College commits may be sooner than later

If Letter of Intent (LOI) day were this Friday rather than next February, BYU would likely be the winner of the recruiting sweepstakes for top recruits <b>Jacob Bower</b> from Idaho and <b>Nick Alletto</b> from Colorado.

Bower told today he is leaning heavily toward BYU, but isn't quite ready to commit at this point. He said doesn't feel the need to rush any decision and will just wait a bit longer before making his decision.

"I want to consider everything. I love BYU and the coaches are great. I just want to get to know Coach Crowton a little bit better before I commit. I really like Crowton and the offense he runs. He's a great offensive mind and I'd love to play in his offense."

Bower said he is enjoying his time in Provo, taking up the atmosphere and meeting new faces. "I really like it here. The coaches are great and I'm getting along well with the other players."

After participating in separate quarterback camps over the last two weeks in Oregon and California, Bower said his arm is feeling a bit "wobbly" these days.

"Man, I've just been throwing so much these past few weeks. I've had the quarterback camp in California, the camp up in Oregon and now this. People are going to be expecting me to throw it 80 yards again, but man, I don't know."

Bower played down his 85-yard toss he had during a recent camp.

"I don't know if it was 85 yards. I know I threw it over 80 yards, but I don't know if it was 85."

One player Bower has enjoyed becoming reacquainted with is Austin Collie, a highly recruited wide receiver from California.

"Me and Austin are pretty good friends. We met each other last summer, so we know each other pretty well. I love throwing the football to him. He's great."

Collie took the field for the first time today and the chemistry between Bower and Collie was immediately apparent. They wowed those in attendance with their collective skills. Collie proved to be all he was advertised to be and then some. He showed outstanding hands and great technique with above-average speed.

"I really wanted to be on the same league team as him, but it didn't work out. I'd really love to play with him at the next level for sure," Bower said of Collie.

Another recruit that is leaning toward a BYU verbal commitment is Alletto, a 6-5, 280-pound Offensive Line/Defensive Line recruit from Parker Ponderosa, Colorado, who confirmed he has received an offer from BYU, among other schools.

"I'm really thinking of committing to BYU. I love it here and the coaches are great. I don't really have any plans yet as to when I'll make my decision on who to sign with, but BYU is my first choice as of right now."

Alletto is being recruited by Oregon, Colorado, Colorado State and Nebraska. So far, only the Cougars, Oregon and Wyoming have offered.

"Wyoming wants me really bad. They don't care about my mission plans and want me to play there no matter what."

Alletto said he has been in contact with BYU's coaches.

"They've just mostly sent me letters. Coach Mitchell has been out to visit with my coach. They offered me by email, didn't call me. They have sent me hand-written and personalized letters, which I like.

"Being an LDS kid, I've always followed BYU and like the program. Playing for BYU would be great for me."


One of Utah's top quarterback recruits, Paul Kruger, demonstrated his versatility playing the entire day as a tight end.

Kevin Curtis, his high school coach at Timpanogas High, said "Paul (Kruger) could play any of three positions at the next level. He could be a quarterback, tight end or defensive end. He always practices very well at defensive end, so we're going to play him there this year and see what he can do."

Another player trying out a new position today was Arizona quarterback recruit Max Hall.

Keeping a straight-face after the evening session of camp, Hall said "I'm not a quarterback recruit anymore. I have a new position; I'm a Cat." He was jokingly referring to the regional squad scrimmages being run in where he played the Cat position.

Another prospect that turned heads was Jayson Bird from Shelly, Idaho, who ran an impressive 4.4 forty. Bird is a 5-11, 220-pound RB/LB recruit.

"I've been hearing from BYU and I have offers from just about all the Idaho schools including Boise State. I'm from a really small school, so getting a lot of attention is hard to do playing for such a small school in Idaho."

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