From San Clemente High School (CA), Isaac Rex has given his word to BYU head coach Kalani Sitake and offensive coordinator Ty Detmer that he will sign a letter of intent with the Cougars next February. The 6-4, 235-pound high school junior gave his commitment today, fulfilling a lifelong dream.
“I’m stoked!” Rex said. “I’m in Utah now and had a meeting today with Kalani and Ty. I’ve always wanted to play for BYU ever since I was in preschool, so to get that offer from BYU and now commit has been a dream come true.”
Apparently, not only was Isaac Rex excited but the BYU coaching staff was as well.
“They were super excited,” Rex said. “I think I’m the second 2017 commit besides Jackson McChesney. The coaches were super excited and happy for me. They can’t wait for me to get out there and play for them.”
The commitment to BYU couldn’t have come at a better time for Isaac Rex. Offensive coordinator Ty Detmer is revamping the Cougar offense where the tight end will once again become a big part of the passing attack.
“It’s great to know that the tight end will be used a lot when I get up there,” said Rex. “I know that I’ll have a great year this year at my high school, so it’s great to know that the tight end position is going to be an important part of BYU’s offense again in the future. I’m excited to learn the position from Ty Detmer and Coach Clark and catch a lot of balls, block, and do all the things that tight ends do.”
The Rex family flew out from California to watch BYU beat Virginia Tech in the second round of the NIT last night, but more importantly to have Isaac commit today to the BYU coaching staff.
“It was kind of planned,” said Rex. “I’ve always felt that BYU was the place for me, and I’ve always wanted to be a Cougar. I talked to my parents and we prayed about it, so we thought I should just commit when we come up there.
“I feel great about my decision and couldn’t be happier. I’m now ready to get back home and get to work so I can have a great senior season. You know, I came out here [to Utah] for the specific reason of committing to BYU. I also wanted to check out the basketball game last night also, but the main reason why we came out here was to commit to Coach Sitake. I’m a Cougar and I’m excited about the future.”
All his life, Isaac Rex wanted to do what his father Byron had done years before. That is, play football for BYU. He grew up a fan of the Cougars and, as posted on Twitter, wore blue and white on game day to cheer on his father’s alma mater.
“Well, I’ve grown up around BYU football all my life,” said Rex. “Just growing up a BYU fan, always being around BYU football, and watching my dad’s old highlights, and wearing a BYU jersey every Saturday supporting the team during game day I just felt like I wanted to be there.”
Isaac’s father, Byron Rex, played at BYU from 1990-92 with Ty Detmer. He recorded a career total of 1,209 receiving yards. He scored seven touchdowns and racked up 119 yards in two bowl game appearances while being a two-time All-WAC First Team selection. Continuing the Rex legacy at BYU is part of Isaac’s ultimate plan.
“You know, what this means is I get to keep the Rex name alive and start a new generation of Cougars,” Rex said. “I want to be better than my dad, so that’s my main goal when I go to BYU. I just really wanted to be a Cougar so I’m excited about my decision.”
Prior to wearing a BYU uniform, Isaac Rex will set aside football for two years and serve an LDS mission following high school graduation.
“Well, I’m going to finish out the season and then graduate from high school,” said Rex. “After I graduate I’m going to go serve a mission. When I come back I’ll play and was thinking of studying sports medicine. I think that would be a good major to pursue.”