Last Tuesday night, BYU coaches made their first move toward assembling a midyear recruiting class when they offered cornerback Michael McCoy. On Wednesday, coaches disappointed Cougar hopefuls Will Rivers and Damion Porter, informing them that there would be no scholarship offer at this time. A fourth midyear prospect was left with a glimmer of hope. Coaches told Tico Pringle that they would appreciate a word with him later in the week.
"Coach Mendenhall wanted to have a little chat with me," said Pringle.
The 5'10", 185-pound cornerback spent the week wondering what BYU's head coach wanted to discuss with him. "It was kind of sketchy during the week," said Pringle. "Mike [McCoy] called me up and told me he got offered and everyone else you know got their response and Coach told me to come in."
Pringle, who is LDS, wanted to put his best foot forward for the visit so he shaved off his cornrows, opting for a clean-cut look. "I had to cut the hair and everything and get rid of the braids," he said. "That was my personal decision I made."
Apparently the new 'do did the trick because BYU coaches had a proposal Pringle could not refuse. "They offered me and I committed," Pringle reported.
Pringle's initial response was a little unexpected. "I was very relieved," he said. The relief came because Pringle was anxious about how to read Cougar coaches, and he was not encouraged by the message BYU had for Porter or Rivers.
After taking a few minutes to digest what had happened, the relief gave way to excitement. Pringle knows that he is being brought in to address an immediate need, but he is also aware of other benefits that come with donning BYU blue.
"I am attracted to BYU because of the great education I can get and the chance of me coming in and being able to start," said the Snow College standout. "If I come in and work hard and put in the effort needed and dedication and give it 110% all out and if I make the plays up and down the field, I know I can get that starting spot."
Pringle acknowledges that taking the starting role in the season opener next fall is a long way away. "I am confident now but things will change as soon as I hit the field," he said.
Midyear Letter of Intent Day is December 21st for JC transfers. Pringle plans on being on campus when classes start January 9th, but he still has some academic obligations to attend to. Pringle needs to do two relatively easy independent study classes in order to finish his associates degree and qualify for BYU.
The season ended on a high note for Pringle when Snow defeated Butler Community College 17-14 in the Top of the Mountains Bowl. Pringle was also pleased with his season individually.
"Personally I had a very good season – a confident season – especially coming off a surgery," said Pringle. "Some of my summer training was a little rough due to the fact I couldn't work out or anything, but it was a pretty respectable season. I led the team in fumble recoveries and had a fumble return for a touchdown. I'm up there in deflections and tied for second in interceptions with three.
Pringle was quick to point to his speed as his biggest asset as a cornerback. He mentioned his aggressiveness and tenacity as strengths, as well. The one thing he wants to work on before the season starts is his lateral movement.