Nick Longshore Preparing for Key OL Role

The first junior college offensive lineman to commit to BYU is fulfilling a childhood fantasy to suit up and play for the Cougars.

Nick Longshore, a 6-5, 270 offensive lineman, joins quarterback teammate, Jason Beck, as BYU's first two JC commits from the same school.

Both will be among as many as 6-8 mid-year scholarship recipients and will enroll in January, making them eligible to participate in spring practice. "The coaches told me that I'll be able to compete for one of the open tackle positions, which is where I played here at College of the Canyons."

With the departure or center Scott Jackson, Longshore may also be considered to fill that role. "They (coaches) talked to me a bit about it, but I haven't really played the position before. If I can help them at the center position, I'm all for it. I just want to contribute next season."

Longshore, who is a returned LDS missionary, is the elder brother of Nate Longshore, a highly touted quarterback prospect BYU offered, but he committed instead to California.

Nick comments on his brother's decision: "It would have been nice to play with him in college, but he's happy with his decision and I'm happy with mine. BYU is the place I've always wanted to be. Cal looked at me some, but I didn't hold out for an offer. When BYU came calling, I knew that's where I'd end up."

Longshore readily admits to being a longtime Cougar fan and is excited to play for his favorite school. "I'm really excited to get to Provo and get going. I know the program has been down, but I believe that Crowton is a good coach that just had a bad year. He'll be back and the team will be back."

He also received offers from Colorado, UNLV and Utah State, but cancelled all recruiting trips when he committed to the Cougars. "BYU is a perfect fit for me socially, academically and for football. Crowton runs a very similar offense to what we ran at College of the Canyons, so I think I'll pick up on their blocking schemes real quick. Hopefully, I'll be able to contribute immediately."

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