J.J. Nwigwe Commits to BYU

Monday night Bronco Mendenhall received the news straight from a Texan’s mouth. During his official visit this past weekend with around 25 other recruits and committed players, J.J. Nwigwe had seen enough. BYU is where he wanted to play college football and will sign with the Cougars on Wednesday.

Bronco Mendenhall received word Sunday night that he would be getting a 6-4, 260-pound Texas offensive lineman to join his program. J.J. Nwigwe of Rockwall-Heath High School called him up and let him know that he wanted to be a Cougar.

“[Monday] night I committed to BYU but I wanted to announce it [Tuesday],” Nwigwe said. “I feel great and I’m really excited about my decision to commit. I just wanted to wait until Tuesday to announce it.

“I told Coach Tujague that I wanted to be a part of the Cougar family. I told him that I wanted to be a Cougar, and he was really excited about that and told me to go tell Coach Mendenhall about my commitment. When I told Coach Mendenhall that I was committed he said he was happy to have me on the team. He said it was a good day for BYU. I’m excited about my decision.”

This past weekend Nwigwe joined prospects from the 2015 class and a handful of uncommitted players to BYU for a weekend of fun and activities. The big Texan toured the campus and facilities but there was one thing that really sealed the deal for him.

“It was the people that are there that really sealed the deal for me,” he said. “The type of players that are down there and the type of coaches that are at BYU is what made me want to go there. The atmosphere is just different. It’s just beautiful there and the quality of people that are all around there. It’s really nice there.”

The official visit to BYU opened Nwigwe’s eyes. The experience was much different than first thought it would be. Once the big Texan got on campus, toured the facilities, and saw what kind of players he would be around for four to five years he knew where he wanted to be.

“It really just made me want to go there,” Nwigwe said. “I really didn’t know what BYU was going to be like, but after being down there I just loved it! I love the kind of people that are there because they’re so nice. I love the coaching staff and they just really care for you. I really love Coach Garret Tujague and the type of person he is. I also love Coach Guy Holiday and those guys are just great men. They made my visit to BYU special and made it a great experience for me. BYU is a great place.”

The highlight of Nwigwe’s official visit to BYU was cruising through the Wasatch Mountains on snowmobiles.

“Yeah, I would say the highlight of my visit was snowmobile riding,” Nwigwe said. “That was really fun for me. I’m from Texas and we don’t get to do things like that, so being out there in the snow and riding on snowmobiles was a lot of fun for me. I would say that was the highlight of my trip. It’s not that often you get to ride a snowmobile in the mountains like that.”

Nwigwe is happy to have the cruiting process over and done with. He’ll sign his national letter of intent on Wednesday and join the BYU football program.

“I decided that BYU was the place where I needed to be,” Nwigwe said. “I chose BYU over Nevada, New Mexico State, Navy, Cal, and SMU. It’s just the place where I felt most comfortable and can get a great education. I’m excited about my decision and glad it’s all over with. I’m going to sign my BYU paper on Wednesday. I’m a Cougar now!”

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