Editors Note - Jamire Calvin has added two more offers since this interview was conducted. Those offers came from the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt
“I like how BYU has a passing offense and how they spread the ball,” said Calvin. “I called one of the coaches at BYU and they offered me. I was excited to get that scholarship because their program throws the ball around a lot.”
BYU doesn’t just recruit any student-athlete. With BYU being a school that espouses a higher standard of moral living, prospective student-athletes must have character on top of being great students and athletes. Calvin says he lives such a life.
“I try to be humble and as respectful as possible,” said Calvin. “I don’t get into trouble. I’m not cocky or arrogant but try to work and be the best possible person that I can. I try to be the best person I can be, and be the best at what I do.”
Although he has amassed 18 scholarship offers, Calvin has taken an interest in BYU simply because of the passing tradition and success he’s seen on the field. To have received an offer from a college with such a prestigious passing history made him giddy.
“I was kind of surprised and ecstatic because it came from out of nowhere, “he said. “What makes having a BYU offer exciting is how they run their offense and are a program that throws the ball around. Their top wide receivers all had over 400 yards [in 2015], so BYU would be a great place to be as a wide receiver. That’s why I was excited about the offer.”
BYU’s receivers produced outstanding numbers last season that included five players finishing the season with over 400 yards receiving. Mitch Mathews had 737 yards, Devon Blackmon 669, Nick Kurtz 578, and Terenn Houk 490, and Mitch Juergens finished with 471. Calvin looked up these stats and was impressed by what he saw.
“I watched a few BYU games on T.V. and I always look up the top passing teams in the nation,” said Calvin. “I always want to see the top passing programs so I can see where I fit in best and possibly play for. I always look up stats and take a look at their receivers just to see if that would be a place I could fit in.”
The fact that BYU produced such numbers with true freshman quarterback in Tanner Mangum makes the future bright under coach Ty Detmer. Last season Calvin put up some very good numbers himself.
“For me personally, being able to get open on any route that I run and then making a play after the catch is what I do best,” said Calvin. “I had around 1000 receiving yards last season. I had 17 touchdowns and around 530 punt return yards. I’m the number three punt returner in the nation.”
BYU brought in former Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer as their new offensive coordinator in the hopes that he would return the Cougars to their offensive roots.
“I think they’re trying to hold on to their tradition there at BYU,” said Calvin. “[Ty Detmer] has a lot of ties to the NFL and that’s really cool.”
For a receiver like Jamire Calvin who has high aspirations, that’s very exciting.
“Yeah, that’s something that is very exciting to me,” he said. “To know that if I go there I wouldn’t have to worry about getting the ball, because they throw the ball a lot in that program. It just makes me more excited about my BYU offer.”