For 6'3", 300-pound offensive linemen Jordan Hernandez, who plays center for the U. S. Grant High School Generals, this was like a Christmas morning.
"Oh, I love this school," said Hernandez. "It's a higher standard than most school both religiously and academically."
As a junior, Hernandez was named team captain of his high school football team, and led the Generals with All-District and All-Oklahoma City honors.
"Last year I made football captain and that was a real honor for me to lead my team," Hernandez said. "I made All-District and All-City and I hope to make All-State next year."
Along with his athletic accolades, Hernandez also maintains a 4.1 GPA and was ranked third in his junior class. His classroom performance has caught the eyes of a few Ivy League schools along with some Big XII programs.
"From Ivy Schools, I've received letters from Princeton, Yale, and Columbia, and from the Big XII I've gotten Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma State and I've gotten some from Arkansas and also TCU," Hernandez recalled. "From the Mountain West I've gotten BYU. Oklahoma State had sent me some letters but that was when Les Miles was coaching so I'm hoping Gundy will send me some stuff."
Make no mistake about it, Hernandez will be the first to tell you that if BYU offers him a full ride scholarship to play football, he would gladly accept.
"[A BYU offer] would be great," said Hernandez. "I will definitely come out here in the summer [for the BYU summer camp]. I love this place and I love the coaches. I also love the mountains. I love it out here with all my fellow Mormon people out here, and of course I'm a BYU Cougar fan."