Lone Peak HS OL prospect Connor Pay made an early pledge to the BYU Cougars as a member of the 2018 recruiting class

Projected to be one of the top offensive linemen in the state of Utah for the 2018 recruiting class, Connor Pay had early offers from BYU, Utah, and Utah State. On June 14th he committed to BYU, feeling no other college provides the same feeling he gets when he steps on BYU’s campus.

It was a good day to be a Cougar. Well, that’s what big 6-5, 285-pound sophomore offensive lineman Connor Pay felt anyways. Yesterday, Pay decided to make his commitment to the BYU Cougars official.

“I committed to BYU and it was awesome,” said an excited Pay. “I get a feeling at BYU that I don’t get like anywhere else and that was the main reason why I committed there. I would go to other schools and I would think to myself, ‘This place is cool but it’s not BYU.’ BYU is such a special place that I felt it was time to commit.”

BYU was the first to offer Connor Pay followed by the University of Utah two days later earlier this year. A member of the 2018 recruiting class, Pay decided to end the recruiting sweepstakes early by committing to Kalani Sitake while attending BYU’s summer camp.

“I was thinking about and praying about what I should do over the last three weeks or so,” Pay said. “I felt that it was going to happen at some point and I figured I would do it after camp. I felt it was perfect timing.

“I was at the camp and I asked if I could talk to Coach Sitake. He came over and that’s when I told him that I was committing. It was awesome! I still have two more years of high school left but I just knew BYU is the place for me.”

Coach Sitake poured his heart out to Pay upon hearing Connor tell him he was committing to him and BYU.

“He just told me how awesome I was and how much he loved me,” said Pay. “He told me that I wasn’t going to regret my decision to come play at BYU and to play for him. You know, there is something special going on at BYU.”

Connor Pay was one of four prospects to commit to BYU yesterday. Pay was excited to know that he wasn’t the only one.

“There were a few of us that committed on the same day,” Pay recalled. “There was Donovan Hanna, Campbell Harrington, who is another offensive lineman, and then Ammon Hannemann, who just committed after getting an offer today. He got the offer and then committed , so that’s four of us from Lone Peak High School that are coming to BYU.”

Those four from Lone Peak are Connor Pay (offensive line), Preston Lewis (defensive end/outside linebacker), Jackson McChesney (running back), and now Ammon Hannemann (defensive back).

“Yeah, it’s really cool that we have quite a few Lone Peak players coming to BYU to play football,” said Pay. “We’re all not in the same class but we’re all high school teammates going to BYU.”

Now he’s officially a committed to be a BYU Cougar, Connor Pay couldn’t be more excited about his decision to represent the Y.

“I’m just so excited and this has been a lifelong dream of mine,” he said. “Like I said there is something special going on at BYU and I want to be a part of it. There’s no other place like BYU and I’m just excited to now be committed.”

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