Payson (UT) DL Tyler Batty said the coaching staff and team camaraderie were the reasons he signed with BYU

The fourth-rated defensive end in the state of Utah, and 22nd rated end in the west, Tyler Batty, talks about why he decided to sign his National Letter of Intent with BYU. Today the 6-5, 220-pound Payson High School product chose BYU over local rival, the University of Utah, and will rep the Y.

He had a chance to play for Utah. However, today Tyler Batty decided he would be a Cougar and signed his National Letter of Intent to play for BYU.

“Why do I want to sign at BYU?” said Batty. “Well, I want to sign up BYU because I feel that it is the best environment for me to succeed.”

He feels BYU has many attributes that fit him as a LDS player who may decide not to serve a two-year mission. Despite that possibility, he wants to surround himself with those that place a priority on principles that will strengthen him in every facet of life.

“What makes BYU a special place is because of the type of people there,” Batty said. “Every school brags about the type of athletes they recruit and the type of students that are on campus, but BYU doesn't have to do that because you can tell that they are great people. There is also a certain feel there that I think is most likely created by the people there that know what the college has.”

Batty is one of the few recruits playing on the D-line that isn’t of Polynesian heritage. However, his position coach Steve Kaufusi and head coach Kalani Sitake made a real impact on him during the recruiting process. This is another reason why he wants to sign and play for coaches he feels will care for him and help him grow in diverse ways.

“I really like the BYU coaches,” said Batty. “What I like about the BYU coaches is first and foremost they're amazing men. They understand important principles, and on top of that they want to run a successful football program. These coaches care about their players and they create relationships with their players. This is something you can tell because they don't do it awkwardly. They have a genuine interest in every single athlete on the team and that creates an awesome attitude, because the players love the coaches and they're not afraid of them.”

Today Batty signed on to rep the Y. The thing he’s most looking forward to when he wears the blue and white is playing high caliber football at a special place called BYU.

“The thing I am looking forward to the most when I go to BYU is the fact that I get to play football at a special university,” said Batty. I get to play alongside brothers and coaches that I can trust to have my back at any time and in any situation. Then of course I’m looking forward to playing in some great football games too.”

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