And Then There Were Two

Like horses exploding out of the starting gates, Bronco Mendenhall and his coaching staff burst onto the 2007 recruiting scene, wrapping up their second football commitment very early in the recruiting season. At this rate, there may not be any drama left come signing day.

On February 14th, BYU secured its first verbal commit for the 2007 LOI signing from 6-foot-2, 195-pound Bingham High School athlete Jordan Pendleton. Now just 10 days later, BYU coaches have secured another verbal commit from 6-foot-3, 210-pound North Sanpete High School athlete Austen Jorgensen.

"I ran a 4.65 and that's my highest right now," Jorgensen said. "My shuttle is a 4.4. I play middle linebacker, tight end and fullback. I do most of my work on defense but I like both. I think I'll play more on defense though, I like defense. I like being able to stop the other team from advancing the ball and making the big hit. I like being the one that makes the big hit."

Today Jorgensen learned he had been offered a scholarship and decided to commit to the Cougars of BYU.

"I just verbally committed to them today," said Jorgensen. "They were my number one choice so I went with them. I just talked to them today and it was pretty sudden and unexpected. I was pretty speechless actually. I like BYU's style of play, and I like what Bronco does on the defense side especially. I like how aggressive he is and I'm excited about that."

Jorgensen was receiving attention from various college powerhouses from the Pac-10, ACC, SEC and Ivy-League schools. BYU was the first to offer.

"I've got a bunch of letters from different schools," said Jorgensen. "I get letters from Cal and there have been letters from Georgia Tech and Georgia. I've got some from Utah, Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford."

Jorgensen had an outstanding junior year, which is more than likely the reason he has received some attention from various colleges around the country. On defense he played as a linebacker while getting playing time on offense in both the fullback and tight ends positions.

"I had 115 total tackles, 12 tackles for a loss and I led the state with 14 sacks last year," said Jorgensen. "We blitz a lot and have a lot of blitz packages. I had four hurries, and I caused three fumbles. I had two or three blocked kicks, and I had a safety. I had 28 receptions for 418 yards as a tight end. I averaged 14.9 yards a reception, and I had five touchdowns. I was mostly a tight end towards the end of the year. As a fullback I had 13 carries for 44 yards."

Not only did Jorgensen get it done on the field, but he also got it done in the classroom as well. Jorgensen had qualified for D-1 colleges during his sophomore year of high school, which is one reason why many Ivy League schools took interest.

"I've averaged a 3.9," Jorgensen said. "I got a 22 on the ACT after my sophomore year."

For his accomplishments as a junior, Jorgensen was named first team all-region and all-area. He was selected as a second team all-state performer as a linebacker. Away from the football field, Jorgensen plays basketball and is involved in track. He was selected as a first team all-state for Javelin after winning the state tournament as a sophomore.

Currently Jorgensen is working out with a personal speed trainer in Provo where he is expecting to make an even bigger impact on defense next year.

"I was working on my speed," Jorgensen said. "His name is Craig and he works at Pure Acceleration. I'm hoping to get my speed down to the 4.5-4.4 area. We're hoping to take state this year. I'm trying to make first team all-state and move up each year from honorable mention and second team."

Jorgensen is expecting to come to BYU his first year then leave on an LDS mission. This was one reason why he committed on the spot after BYU offered him a full ride scholarship.

"I'm LDS, and I'm looking to serve an LDS mission, and BYU holds that honor really well," said Jorgensen. "Their academics are really high and they're one of the highest in the country I think, and just the area I guess. They're really close to home."

Another reason why Jorgensen committed to BYU was because he feels his aggressive style of play suits Mendenhall's swarm defense. For Jorgensen, committing to BYU to be a part of that defense was a no-brainer.

"I like to be around the ball a lot," said Jorgensen. "I think Bronco is turning the program around and got players working harder than they have before. I like his work ethic and I think he's a great coach."

Jorgensen was recruited by BYU assistant coach Paul Tidwell who at one time was a coach at North Sanpete High School.

"He's a great guy and he coached my dad [Trent Jorgenson] in high school when he coached out here for North Sanpete," Jorgensen said. "I've gone to BYU's camps over the past few years and tried to show them what I could do there. I went before my sophomore year and before my junior year and they showed some interest in me then. They said they really liked me."

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