These are the words of BYU's latest verbal commit following his official recruiting trip to BYU this past weekend.
Cade Hulbert is a 5-10, 180 CB from Boise, Idaho with 4.4 speed who confirmed to TBS that he verbally committed to BYU coaches and specifically to Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall that he will sign a letter of intent to play for BYU this coming February.
Says Hulbert about his commitment, "It's just a dream come true for me, it really is. BYU is the place I've always wanted to be and now being able to get a scholarship to play football and attend school there is just what I've always dreamed about. I couldn't be more excited."
Hulbert joined with as many as 12 other recruits this past weekend who enjoyed nice dinners, snow-mobiling, volleyball games and the other frills that accompany the official trips for recruits down to Provo.
Says Hulbert, "Oh, it was just great. The whole thing was just awesome. I ate great food and snow-mobiling was a complete blast."
But what really reeled Hulbert in and strengthened his desire to play for and attend BYU came with attending the volleyball game. Says Hulbert, "I couldn't believe the school spirit there and how great the students were there in supporting their team. I can't even imagine what it will be like getting that type of enthusiasm and support playing on the football team."
Hulbert had Dustin Gabriel as his official host and was also escorted by such players as Kayle Buchanan and Cameron Jensen saying, "Just great, great guys. I really got along with them well. I could just tell how committed they were to the new coach and the new things he was bringing to the team and I can't wait to play with those guys and for Coach Mendenhall."
Hulbert came to BYU without an official offer, so when Bronco Mendenhall brought him into his office to meet after the recruits watched a video presentation on the honor code, Hulbert was very anxious as he describes, "I just sat down and Coach Mendenhall told me very directly that he would like to extend an offer for me to accept a scholarship and play for BYU. I mean, I just went numb. I couldn't believe it. I told him immediately that I'd accept the offer. He then went over again what was expected of me and congratulated me."
This was Hulbert's very first encounter with Coach Mendenhall and Hulbert came away very impressed saying, "He just commands respect whenever he speaks and you can tell when talking with the players that he has their full respect. He's just so direct and up front with everything. He promises players that if they show effort that they will play if they can prove to make plays with that effort. It's all about effort with him and I love that."
Hulbert also was able to observe and off-season workout and expressed his desire to jump in and join them right away, "I just want to get going. I'm totally sold on how Coach Mendenhall coaches and what he expects of his players. It was really hard for me to leave. I really want to get going and give him my all. I seriously can't wait until I can get down here and practice after high school."
Hulbert plans to play a year and then leave for his LDS mission. Says Hulbert, "I'm just going to give it my all for one year and then go. If I play, then that would be great, but if I don't, then that's fine and I'll redshirt. I'm just so happy to be a part of BYU and a part of their football team. Coach Mendenhall is a great coach and I couldn't ask for a better coach, a better atmosphere or a better program to play in. It's just perfect for me and it's really a dream come true for me."