High Flying LB Commits to BYU

While James Lark was the high profile commitment of BYU's summer camp, three other outstanding young athletes also committed to play for the Cougars. One of those prep standouts was Bountiful, Utah's Nate Moncur.

When TotalBlueSports.com first reported that Nate Moncur had verbally committed to play football for BYU, little was known about the linebacker recruit from Bountiful High School. Few were aware that Moncur was even being recruited by the Cougars. In fact, Moncur himself was surprised when the offer came.

"I wasn't expecting the offer," said Moncur. "I went down [to camp] just trying to show them what I could do. I had a meeting with Coach Mendenhall in between the sessions at camp and he sounded pretty positive. He was pretty impressed, I guess."

But exactly how impressed Coach Mendenhall and the other coaches were, Moncur could not be sure. One thing that was clear to him was that he could see himself donning the blue and white if he were to receive a scholarship offer from BYU. According to Nate's father Bob Moncur, Nate's mind was made up after his first day at BYU's camp.

"He went down to their junior camp and they got a look at him down there," said Bob. "After that day Nate wanted to go to BYU, after going to that day camp. He liked the coaching; he liked the coaches and the philosophy and everything that they talked about—the way they ran their camp that day, I guess."

It was not long before any doubt Nate may have had was put to rest. Moncur and his parents returned to BYU for the second-to-last day of camp, so he could get in one more appearance in front of the BYU coaches. Apparently, the trip did the trick, because Moncur's performances at camp, in addition to the game films he hand delivered, were enough to set BYU coaches into action. When Moncur arrived at his home in Bountiful after attending his last day of camp there was a scholarship offer in his email inbox.

Soon after receiving his scholarship offer, Moncur was on the phone with Coach Mendenhall verbally committing to play for the Cougars. What was it that led to such a quick decision?

"I just like how they do things," explained Moncur. "I have total faith in the coaches, and I think they are going to put this program in the right direction. When I was down there I felt good–good about the school, good about all the coaches."

Nate is not the only Moncur that is confident in the new coaching staff at BYU. Nate's father shared an opinion similar to his son's.

"We like [Coach Mendenhall's] philosophy and what he's trying to do there," said Bob Moncur. "We know of his family and of him and believe that he's got the drive and everything it takes to put together a good program. I like what he's trying to do in setting BYU apart on what it has to offer these athletes, and I think it really does offer these kids something special."

As a senior, Nate will play running back safety, and punt and kick returner for the Braves of Bountiful. Interestingly, he will not play any of those positions at BYU.

"I'll play outside linebacker," said Moncur. "They want me to gain some weight. I am at 190, 200 right now and they want me to get up to 210."

One of the factors that surely impressed BYU coaches was Moncur's pure athletic ability. The 6-foot-tall athlete runs a 4.5-second forty, a 4.0-second shuttle, and has a 34" vertical jump.

Football is only one of several sports in which Moncur excels. He is also a shooting guard on Bountiful's basketball team and high jumper on the track team. As a sophomore, Moncur took fifth place in the high jump at the 4-A state track meet in Utah with a leap of 6'1".

Moncur's athletic prowess should come as no surprise to those familiar with his family tree. Branches on both sides are spotted with former BYU, Utah and Utah State basketball players. Nate's father played basketball and baseball in college and was even drafted by the New York Yankees before electing to serve and LDS mission.

BYU was not the only school to recognize Moncur's promise on the gridiron. UCLA, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Oregon, Utah, Utah State, and Wyoming have all sent letters expressing interest in Moncur. He was scheduled to give Utah coaches a call the day after he committed to BYU. Bob Moncur indicated that all signs he and his son were receiving from the Ute coaches indicated that Utah was going to offer Nate a scholarship. That offer never came. Instead, coaches at BYU's rival to the north got a call a little earlier than they were expecting with news that they were certainly not hoping for.

Serious Cougar fans are likely to have picked up on the fact that Moncur will not be the only highly sought after Bountiful graduate on the BYU roster. In fact, Moncur will not even be the only Bountiful linebacker playing for the Cougars. Defensive leader and starting middle linebacker Cameron Jensen is also a one-time Brave. After a stellar freshman season at Rick's College followed by a two-year LDS mission Jensen turned down offers from Oklahoma, Arizona, Utah and UCLA to sign with the Cougars.

The Moncur family knows Jensen well, as he played basketball with one of the older Moncur sons. While at BYU's camp, the Moncur's even got to visit with Jensen.

"He's a great kid," said Bob. "I was really impressed with Cameron. He loves it down there."

With the recruiting race behind him, Moncur is focused on his senior season at Bountiful. He and his teammates have high hopes for the upcoming season.

"Our age-group has been undefeated since 8th grade, so we have a pretty good group of guys," said Moncur. "I'm way excited about the season; we should have a good season. I start conditioning next week and that's my main focus."

Moncur is LDS and has LDS mission plans. He will turn 19 in the summer following his freshman year at BYU and plans to enter the Missionary Training Center at that point.

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