Pulsipher looking forward to BYU

After finishing up his senior year of prep football at Temecula Valley High School, Addison Pulsipher is looking forward to heading out to Provo, Utah and joining his future Cougar teammates.

For senior football players, their final year is an important one. However – and the senior Cougars at BYU can relate to this – Addison Pulsipher's senior year didn't exactly end as expected.

"Well, we didn't do great this past season and we didn't have much of a defense," said Pulsipher. "Our offense did really well and we held our own, but we knew as an offense that we would have to score over 40 points a game to win. We went 1-9 this past year, but our offense did average around 25-to-30 points a game on offense."

Despite the disappointing results, Pulsipher did very well while protecting his quarterback's blind side in a tough Southern California football league.

"I did really well, but they haven't come out with any league honors yet," said Pulsipher. "We're still waiting on those because we still have one team in Vista Murrieta who looks like they'll be playing against Corona Centennial in the CIF finals this week.

"I played left tackle and I played a little defensive end this year. I didn't have many defensive stats because I didn't play much. I had around 15 tackles, but not much. I had an ankle injury, and so my coach didn't push too much to go both ways. I played through it, but they mostly wanted me to stay on the offensive side of the ball at left tackle."

One standout Southern California prospect Pulsipher went up against was 6-foot-3-inch, 225-pound defensive end Tyler Cook of Vista Murrieta. A 2014 prospect, Cook is being recruited by a ton of Division I schools, including every Pac-12 program, Nebraska and Texas.

"He is really good and it was a good matchup," said Pulsipher. "We had some good battles because he's really quick off the edge."

Pulsipher held his own against Cook. In fact, the entire Golden Bears offensive line protected quarterback Kyle Plantier against Vista Murrieta's defense.

"We didn't give up a single sack against Vista Murrieta," Pulsipher said. "They're ranked eighth in the nation and usually get three or four sacks a game, but we didn't give up a single sack against them. Vista Murrieta has one of the best defenses around and we did a good job of not allowing them to get a single sack on us.

"They're a very disciplined defense with around 300 kids in their program, so if you make a mistake you're off the field because they'll throw another kid in. Then you have to fight for your spot back. I think their defense has allowed an average of around 10 points a game. They're really good but we didn't give up a single sack."

Cook is LDS and is also being looked at by the Cougars of BYU.

"Coach Weber has asked me about him," Pulsipher said. "He was asking me about his morals and character and what kind of kid he is and things like that. He's a really good player on the field."

Meanwhile, Pulsipher may end up contributing at BYU sooner than expected.

"Since they lost five offensive linemen this past year, they're thinking of bringing me in on scholarship this next year," said Pulsipher. "I'll go for a semester, and then after that go on my mission. I'm good either way. Either I'll greyshirt this next semester or be on scholarship this next year, but either way, I'm good with whatever the coaches want me to do."

The coaches plan on knowing relatively soon whether Pulsipher will greyshirt or not.

"They said they'll let me know what happens," he said. "I was told that I should know around January what the situation will be for me for next year. They're still waiting to see what some junior college kids do, so it really depends on that."

At 17 years old, Pulsipher is currently about 6 feet 6 inches and 260 pounds.

"I gotta start hitting the weight room and get ready for the next level if I'm needed," said Pulsipher. "I'm starting up this week with lifting and running. After our last game I told my coach, ‘Now the real fun begins – getting ready for BYU.' The coaches want me to be as heavy as I can get at under 20 percent body fat. That's what they want, so I want to put on some good weight before I get there."

In the meantime, Pulsipher is excited about joining BYU's program.

"I told my coach that if anyone calls for me or shows interest in me to tell them that I've already committed to BYU," Pulsipher said. "I'm not really interested in going anywhere else. I'm just looking forward to getting out there to BYU. It should be a lot of fun and I'm not really interested in going anywhere else. I can't wait."

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