Big offensive tackle commits to BYU

Over this past weekend, BYU hosted a group of recruits for official visits on campus. One prospect was committed to the University of Utah at one point, but will now sign with rival BYU after receiving an offer this past weekend.

According to big 6-foot-7-inch, 300-pound Diablo Valley College offensive tackle De'Ondre Wesley, he was being looked at as a potential Cougar prospect for some time now.

"BYU had been looking at me a while back during the football season," Wesley said. "I had committed to the University of Utah, so they backed off from me after that. They just sort of moved on and were looking at other junior college players after that."

However, Wesley's offer from Utah was pulled.

"I guess more than anything it was a misunderstanding between me and Utah," Wesley said. "I was committed to Utah and that's where I was planning on going, but a week before signing day I went out and visited Arizona State. I guess they thought that I was going to commit there, so they backed off of me and went out and got a different guy even though I was committed to them. It kind of screwed me over."

It wasn't long before BYU reentered the picture.

"Coach Tujague was the first coach that I spoke to from BYU," Wesley said. "Once they heard that I didn't sign with Utah after the first signing day for JUCO players, they contacted my coach. Then last week Coach Tujague came out and saw me and talked to me about BYU and about taking a trip. He talked to me about going up there and checking things out, so I did."

Wesley was given a much different perspective of BYU during his visit.

"It was definitely a great experience and a great trip," Wesley said. "Before I even went on my visit out there to BYU, you hear negative things and rumors about the place on how it's really a strict school. When I actually got out there it was nothing like what I had expected, but in a good way. It was a great experience and a great trip and I had a lot of fun."

Wesley's eye-opening experience on BYU's campus culminated with him receiving a scholarship offer from BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall. On Saturday, Wesley committed to BYU right after being offered the scholarship.

"Yeah, my experience was much different and greater than expected," Wesley said. "After being out there for two days I pretty much liked what I saw, and how BYU has the major that I want and the type of environment that I'm looking for. After having that kind of experience on my visit, BYU was really hard to turn down. A school like that with that caliber of academics and football with that type of an environment is really hard to turn down. I liked the coaches and the program and how they help you get the most out of your scholarship. I just felt like BYU was the place for me to go.

"Coach Mendenhall is a straightforward and tells you how it is and what he expects. He wants me to be upfront with him in regards to the type of person that I am and to be honest with myself. He evaluated me and wanted to know more about me as a person and a player. He's just a great person and not just all about football for him. It's about caring for the player helping them to get the most out of life on and off the field."

Wesley had previously taken an official visit to Utah, and after visiting BYU, he compared the two schools.

"It was a good experience [visiting Utah] but it was definitely much different than the experience I had at BYU. These schools are definitely two different places and the environments are much different. I feel like my visit to Utah was good for being my first official visit, but my visit to BYU was much different and I really liked it."

BYU's newest Cougar commit will move out to Provo this summer and prepare himself for the upcoming season.

"Well, in the end I guess everything happens for a reason," said Wesley. "I'll be going to BYU now and will graduate in May and be out there in the summer to get ready for fall camp. I'm excited to get out there and I'm really grateful that BYU has given me the opportunity to continue playing football and getting my education. It's all good now and I'm excited to be a part of BYU's program."

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