Ealy Waits Too Long; Scholarship Goes to Another

The Colorado high school running back who set a single-season record with 10 touchdowns in one game (two called back for penalties) apparently lost his proferred BYU scholarship offer because he waited too long to commit.

As a result, Patrick Ealy, a 5-9, 190 pounder from South Denver High School with 4.38 40 speed, did not take his scheduled official visit to Provo this past weekend. "I didn't experience any recruiting experience at Brigham Young because they gave out the scholarship so I wasn't able to go up there on the recruiting trip," Ealy said.

Ealy rushed for more than 1,800 yards, with an 11.7 yard per carry average with 410 yards receiving out of the backfield.

However, with BYU coaches moving fast and hard on the recruiting trail and with available scholarships becoming more precious by the day, some recruits are being asked to commit early or risk losing scholarship offers to others of equal or superior talent who pull the trigger first.

"I called them about four days before I was supposed to go up there and I couldn't get a hold of them," said Ealy. "The next day, I had a game and I spoke to a BYU coach and he said, ‘Patrick, I'm sorry but we gave the scholarship to someone else because he committed.' "

Though disappointed, Ealy said he was grateful the BYU coaches still wanted him to attend the Provo school. "I don't know who he is (committed athlete), "but they gave it to him. They offered to grayshirt me, but I would have had to sit out a whole year, and I was like, ‘Nah, I don‘t want to sit out a whole year; I want to play.' "

Ealy has a trip scheduled to New Mexico this weekend and has picked up another offer from Utah State. "I'll be heading out to New Mexico this weekend and I'm going down to Utah State University during the mid-week," Ealy said.

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