The BYU coaching staff is keeping a close eye on the in-state talent as part of their recruiting class(es). One of those is Connor Pay from Lone Peak High School in Alpine, UT. Pay is going into his junior year and will be a part of the 2018 class. At 6-5 and 270-pounds, Pay has the size and athleticism to play at the next level. Total Blue Sports went one-on-one with Pay to learn more about his recruitment and interest in BYU.
TBS - Lone Peak has always fielded strong teams and has been a pipeline for BYU in the past. What is the reason for those good teams and the talent influx at Lone Peak?
Pay - I think one of the reasons Lone Peak has always put together strong teams with solid athletes is that there's a lot of former college and pro athletes who have moved into the Lone Peak area so a lot of their kids have been taught well. We also have a tradition of winning, which attracts better players. We always have great team chemistry. A huge part of this year’s chemistry was the senior leadership. We are going to need to mimic that again [going into the 2016 season]. Also, players in this area have grown up BYU fans and have always wanted to play there, that's why a lot of Lone Peak kids go to BYU.
TBS - What are you doing to prepare for your junior season?
Pay - Right now I am preparing for my upcoming junior season by working out hard with the team and also doing a lot of weight training and technique work. I also play basketball and baseball so I will train with those teams too. I will also attend several football camps this summer.
TBS - BYU is showing interest in you in recruiting and you recently took an unofficial visit there. What have they been telling you and who have you been speaking with?
Pay - I really enjoyed meeting with Coach Sitake and Coach Empey during my visit. They are great guys and they have a great thing going at BYU right now. I was invited to several BYU home games last year as a recruit and the new staff is still recruiting me. They [invited] me to come to some spring practices and their summer camp as well.
TBS - What is your interest level in BYU and why?
Pay - I'm definitely interested in BYU. It's a great school with an awesome coaching staff. I love the tradition as well. I'm also interested in seeing what else is out there for me. I'll be going to camps at a few other schools this summer.
TBS - What other schools are showing you interest and what schools are you wanting to hear from?
Pay - Virginia has reached out, and I've been chatting with Coach Tujague. I spoke with Coach Harding at Utah last summer. I'm interested in Oregon, Stanford, BYU, Utah, Virginia, USC, UCLA, ASU, Michigan and Ole Miss.