Third Cougar Commit in Eleven Days

Excitement abounds early among BYU fans as Cougar coaches have set the recruiting scene in state of Utah on fire. On Saturday, Coach Mendenhall and his staff landed their third recruiting commit in 11 days.

BYU offered a scholarship to Jordan High School athlete Scotty Ebert. It did not take long for the wide receiver, cornerback and kick returner to make a final decision.

"Just barely today I committed to BYU," said Ebert. "Yesterday [Friday] they offered me and I talked about it with my parents and they thought it would be a good place for me to go. I'm pretty excited about that."

Ebert was used by Jordan High School coaches in various positions on both sides of the ball. BYU coaches recognized his talents and pulled the trigger on.

"I'm 5-11 and 180 pounds," Ebert said. "I play wide receiver, defensive back and do kick returns. I like playing receiver and kick return. I like to get the ball. I had 580 all-purpose yards. I had one pick as a cornerback. I didn't really get thrown to my side all that much."

With BYU's secondary struggling a bit last year, the words, "I didn't really get thrown to my side all that much," will be music to the ears of BYU fans everywhere. That is unless he Ebert ends up on the offensive side of the ball.

"I have a lot of people say that I'm pretty agile and I'm pretty quick," said Ebert. "I run a 4.5 forty. I don't know what my shuttle is because I haven't run it in a while. "[BYU coaches] want me at receiver but they said the defensive coaches are also fine with putting me at DB or maybe even doing kick returns.

"They said I looked really good and I look to be a big help for their program. I talked to their receivers coach and he's excited and thought that I would fit in this offense really good. [Coach Higgins] was excited and said he wants to meet me when I come down there next week."

Jordan High School Head Coach Alex Jacobsen helped out a bit in the recruiting process for Ebert. According to Ebert, his coach spoke to BYU last season and the rest in history.

"We have a really good coach, Coach Jacobsen, at Jordan, and he really helps out the students that work hard for him," said Ebert. "He thinks I have the ability to play at the college level, and he's talked to BYU about me and they've come out and watched me play. They really like my highlight film and they thought I would be the right kid for them."

So what does Ebert want to study up at Brigham Young University?

"I would like to something like sports medicine or even be a college recruiter someday like Coach Doman."

In regards to BYU's quarterbacks, Brandon Doman was the one responsible for recruiting Ebert and, according to Ebert, he did a very nice job.

"Brandon Doman recruited me," said Ebert. "He always stuck to all the [recruiting] rules and he would send me emails because he couldn't call me. He knew what he was doing, and he's really good at his job, and he seems like a really nice guy. He wants me to get to know him better. I'll be going down there and making a visit next week."

Ebert admitted he grew up a Utah fan, but things can change in a hurry.

"I've always been a huge Utah fan," chuckled Ebert. "They're really heavy on recruiting me this year, but BYU was too and, I don't know, I just decided to be a BYU Cougar."

Ebert said BYU is looking at four receivers and will more than likely only give out three scholarship offers for that position. Ebert said he was pretty sure he will go on a mission and the opportunity to play for his church school given the fact there could possibly only be three scholarship offers for the receiver position was to good to pass up.

"I didn't know if Utah was going to offer, and BYU offered a full ride to me yesterday and said they were looking at four receivers total, and they're only giving out three scholarships for the receiver's position," Ebert said. "I didn't really want to pass up a full ride so I committed to BYU. I'm just really excited. Just having a full ride and that I was only one of the four and there's only three scholarships they're giving out, and me and my parents talked it over and we thought I should be going there."

So what if Utah follows BYU's lead and offers a scholarship to Ebert?

"I guess I'm just going to have to tell them I'm already committed to BYU," said Ebert. "I'm a BYU fan now and I'm glad I'm going to be able to play football. My parents are really happy about it—they're excited."


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