Greg Lovely Remains "Firmly Committed" to BYU

A highly recruited defensive back from Foothill College who verbally committed to BYU more than two weeks ago said "nothing has changed" and he is heading straight to Provo after he graduates this spring – despite a Utah newspaper report Saturday that he was no longer committed to the Cougars.

Greg Lovely, a 6-0, 180 pound freshman cornerback with 4.38 40 speed, was surprised upon hearing the report. "I'm still firmly committed to BYU. I feel that's the best place for me. I spoke last night to Steve (Kaufusi, the BYU assistant coach) and I plan to sign that paper (LOI) in February.

Lovely noted his JC coach, Marshall Sperbeck, wants him to stay at Foothill and play as a sophomore.

A "bounceback" freshman who was originally offered scholarships by USC, Oregon and other major colleges out of high school, Lovely signed at Sacramento State as a non-qualifier, redshirted and transferred to Foothill and played last season as a freshman.

He said he is still "on track" to graduate with an AA degree this spring. He will have three years of eligibility left.

"I should be fine as far as academics are concerned. I feel real comfortable and confident with my decision and I'm preparing to move to Provo in the spring. I talked to Justin (Luettgerodt, his Foothill linebacker teammate who just enrolled last week as a mid-year transfer to BYU) and he loves it and is really enjoying himself there. He said the ‘vibe' (environment) is really cool. He's already working out with the team (off-season conditioning).

"Man, I can't wait to get there. Justin said it's everything he thought it would be. Right now, he's pretty focused on spring ball. Everyone knows he's talented, but he has to go out there and perform," Lovely said.

He continued: "After talking to Justin, I'm really excited about the opportunity that's been given to me to play at BYU. We have a nice schedule this year. I can tell they want to play the best."

With the greater concentration this year on bringing in more junior college recruits than normal, Lovely noted that, "We want to win and we want to win now. I'm looking forward to the USC, Notre Dame and Stanford games."

Lovely is already serving as an unofficial BYU recruiter of sorts in urging friend Antwon Guidry, another highly coveted Cougar recruit, to play with him in Provo. Guidry will take an official visit to BYU next weekend.

"I talked to Antwon and he's leaning to BYU a little bit. He wants to take all his trips. I told him if he signs with BYU, it's going to be give me a lot of work going up against him day in and day out."

Guidry, a four-star Insiders.com prospect also listed as a Top 60 JCFootball.com player, is a 6-0, 190 pound all-star athlete from Community College of San Francisco (CCSF) with 4.3 40 speed who excels as a cornerback, running back, kick returner and wide receiver.

He has narrowed his final choices to BYU, Texas A&M and Utah State. Guidry was described by one of his coaches as "the best athlete" on the current JC national championship team from California. He signed with Nebraska out of high school, but was a non-qualifier.

"He has incredible speed. He is a track star in a football player's body with football toughness," CCSF assistant coach Dan Hayes told TBS. "Antwon is, without a doubt, our best overall athlete on the team. Deqawn Mobley, our other wide receiver, got a lot of the attention and committed to Texas A&M, but Antwon is the best athlete on the team," Hayes said.

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