Mountain West Elite: James Empey

Arguably one of the best linemen at the Mountain West Elite Camp, James Empey performed well, showing good strength and technique in the one-on-one drills. Empey has a strong skill-set and his technique was more polished than the other linemen in attendance. He'll be looking to make a decision on a college prior to the beginning of the 2014 prep season.

Coaching the offensive linemen at the Mountain West Elite camp was former BYU offensive tackle Dustin Rykert and former Nebraska Cornhusker and NFL Charger offensive lineman Toniu Fonoti. The coaches taught a good group of offensive linemen who squared off against an equally talented defensive line contingent. American Fork High School (American Fork, UT) lineman James Empey was among those prospects.

"There's good coaches, really good coaches, here in Coach Rykert and I love the coaches," Empey said. "They teach really good stuff, and it's nice to get out here and put some work in. You get great coaching and you come out and get some time in to better hone your skills relating to your position. You get coaches out here who care and want you to get better."

Empey's recruiting in the state of Utah has already been well documented. He's a solidly built prospect with room to grow in a collegiate strength and conditioning program, as well as a good technical base that college coaches can work with. Right now he has four offers on the table.

"Utah, Utah State, Boise State, and Washington have all offered me," said Empey. "They're all great programs and great schools with great coaches. I'm looking forward to getting to know them more."

Given his last name and connections to BYU, Empey doesn't have an offer from BYU. He has heard from the Cougar staff here and there, but it seems that the Cougar coaching staff is looking elsewhere for linemen.

"A little bit, a little bit here and there," he said. "I talked to them a little bit and that's about it."

His father Mike Empey played offensive line at BYU and coached there under former BYU Head Coach Gary Crowton. James is currently rated as the 30th best offensive guard in the nation according to Scout.com at around 6-3, 270-pounds. With the offers he has currently on the table, Empey isn't going to wait around for other colleges to pull the scholarship trigger. He's going to do things on his own time.

"I'm not really waiting for them," Empey said. "I'm just waiting for my time."

And that includes BYU as well. BYU will more than likely try and add five offensive linemen to their roster in the 2015 recruiting class. The BYU coaching staff has already extended offers to Kevin Estes, Branden Bowen, and Steve Miller.

As far as when James Empey is planning on making a final decision, that will come around the end of this summer prior to his senior season of high school football.

"I'll probably make a decision this summer before football starts," he said. "That way I can just focus on my senior season."


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