BYU lands first football verbal commit for 2004

BYU has landed their first verbal commitment for 2004 from <b>Nick Alletto</b>, a 6-5, 280-pound Offensive Lineman from Parker, Colorado.

Alletto has received a lot of recruiting attention from Colorado, Wyoming, Colorado State, Texas Tech, among others. He was offered a few months ago by BYU assistant Brian Mitchell. He formally verballed to BYU coaches over the phone prior to last week's BYU's summer camp, but asked to wait until this week to publicly announce his decision.

"Being a Mormon boy, I've always dreamed about playing for BYU. I mean, what LDS football player doesn't? I've always been a BYU fan and this is a dream come true for me."

Though he was recruited by other schools, Alletto said BYU was the only option he's ever seriously considered. "I like to think about playing for other schools and tried to consider them, but in the back in my mind I've always known that BYU is where I will play. I love BYU."

Why the allure and attraction of BYU? "I attended camp last year, but was hurt and couldn't participate. However, just being around campus, talking with the coaches and being around so many guys that shared my beliefs won me over."

Alletto said he has definite LDS mission plans. He turns 19 in October of 2004.

"I'm still deciding whether to play a year and then leave or just leave before enrolling. I haven't made up my mind yet, but I'm definitely going to serve a mission."

Alletto participated in last week's BYU camp where he shared the Outstanding Offensive Lineman award with the top offensive line recruit from Utah, Ray Feinga.

The Colorado prospect recorded a 5.3 forty at the BYU camp and benched 15 reps of 225-pounds.

"I was a bit disappointed with my 15 reps. I've done as many as 18 before. It's something I'll work on before I get to BYU for sure. I've been taking weightlifting classes every year since I started attending high school and it's paid off. I'm happy with my size right now, but I want to get up to 300 by the time I get to BYU. Every bit of the weight I want to add will be muscle weight, of course. I'm working out hard everyday now, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem."

Alletto plays for Ponderosa High School in Colorado, which finished 10-0 last season, but lost in the first round of the playoffs. Ponderosa High plays in the 5A division, the highest in Colorado prep sports.

"That was really disappointing. I really want to take State this year."

Alletto has started for his high school varsity team since his sophomore year and earned 2nd-team All-conference honors for two years and received All-State Honorable-mention honors last season.

He articulated his goals for this year: "I want to make 1st-team All-State and take the State championship. I think I can accomplish both of those things. I've really improved on my technique and we have a great team coming back."

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