Alletto's Belief in BYU Validated on Provo Visit

He was the first to verbally commit to BYU on June 30. He was a 5A First Team All-Colorado and All-State offensive lineman. He was a vital contributor in leading his Ponderosa High School Mustangs team to the 5A state championship victory.

If he was already impressed with BYU prior to his verbal commitment, Nick Alletto, a 6-6, 275-pound highly recruited lineman, was officially "blown away" during his recruiting trip to Provo last weekend.

Alletto plans to play one season before leaving on an LDS church mission. "I'm really excited. I'm probably going to head out there (Provo) probably around late June so I can get started with working out with the team," he said.

Despite his glowing football accomplishments and accolades, Alletto was overshadowed by fellow All-State offensive lineman. "I was in First Team All-Colorado and First Team All-State in both (daily) newspapers. I also got First Team All-League. I was captain on the football team, but I didn't get any MVP honors or anything. Pretty much, Jeff Byers got all those."

Byers, a 6-4, 285-pound Colorado offensive lineman with 4.7/40 speed is considered the No. 1 recruit in the country by most national recruiting services, committed to USC.

The Rocky Mountain News reported that Alletto started 44 games and was a "tremendous drive blocker and pass protector" and that the offense "loved to run behind him." It also noted that Alletto was an All-Continental League selection for three years.

"We won State pretty decisively," Alletto said. "We won 30-12 and we were 7-3. We probably would have been a lot better, but our starting quarterback broke his foot in the first game. We had a sophomore step in that had never played quarterback and we ended the regular season 7-3. We got killed in our league championship against Heritage and then everything just came together during the playoffs. We had a running back that came back from a couple of concussions and our quarterback was back. It was great."

Alletto said he has had no regrets in committing early to BYU and was aware of another First Team All-Colorado player and Cougar running back recruit, Patrick Ealy, whose BYU scholarship offer was withdrawn when another athlete committed first.

"He played in a different league. We didn't get to play against him, but I heard he was really good," said Alletto. "I heard they (BYU) ran out of scholarships. I committed early because I didn't want to get involved in all that because I hear it gets pretty tedious and stressful after awhile."

He said his longtime "dream" of playing for BYU was validated to awe-inspiring when he toured the school's new Indoor Practice Facility and football complex last weekend.

"With their new indoor practice facilities and new athletics complex, ‘Whoa!' They probably take the cake as far as all the facilities I've seen. I've seen Oregon's, CU (Colorado) and the University of Utah and BYU's is the best I've ever seen. It's just awesome. It's kind of funny because, in the film room, the first three rows are engineered specifically for linemen. They are like four or five inches wider. It's pretty funny," Alletto commented.

A BYU summer camp participant just last June, Alletto said the upgrade in facilities was "pretty unbelievable. Compared to what they had, it's just a huge jump."

Overall, he said his recruiting visit "was great; a lot of fun. We went snowmobiling and that was really cool. All the recruits and coach, Mike Empey, went with us. It was awesome."

Alletto said he recognized some familiar faces he lined up against at BYU summer camp. "Ray Feinga and Terence Brown were there on the same recruiting trip. Feinga, he's great! He's such a stud, man. He's put on some weight. He walked into where we were eating when we first got there and I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh. He got stronger.'"

The former shaved head standout is now sporting a new look. "I'm in the school musical and they are making me grow my hair back," said Alletto with a chuckle.

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