Red Raider Gets BYU Offer

BYU and the Utah are hot on the trail of a versatile athlete from Hawaiian island of Oahu. Although schools from several conferences are recruiting the defensive back, he favors a Mountain West university.

Gary Nagy is a 6-foot-1, 175-pound defensive back who impressed scouts at the PIAA/ Hawaii Football Combine back on May 20th. Although he played wide receiver last year, Nagy has been taking reps as a defensive back at camps this summer. It appears to be a calculated move, as he will more than be a defensive back at Kahuku High School this year.

"Last year I didn't play much wide receiver because there was a lot of seniority over me," said Nagy. "I don't really remember my stats, but the coaches are going to have me play free safety this year."

During the PIAA/ Hawaii Football Combine, Nagy showed why he has the abilities to play any position in the defensive backfield. He ran a 4.66 forty and a 4.28. He also had a 32-inch vertical jump and did 11 reps with the 185-pound bar. Nagy is also representing himself well at summer camps.

"I was outstanding defensive player at one of the football camps this summer," said Nagy. "I went to the All-Poly Camp, the University of Utah camp and the BYU camp. I'm going to be going to one that will be at BYU-Hawaii and one on Maui. I played cornerback and safety. I think I'm better at safety because I like to roam in the backfield to look for the big hit or the interception."

Nagy may be a head hunter in the secondary, but any punishment he dishes out is within the rules. "I like to play rough but keep it clean; I like to play the game fast," he said.

With New Mexico State, Arizona, Boise State, Washington, Utah and BYU recruiting Nagy, two schools have risen to the top in the recruiting battle, but only one has pulled the trigger by offering him a scholarship.

"It just seems like BYU and Utah are the most interested in me. I just want to get out there and play," said Nagy. "I got a scholarship offer just from BYU.

"I like BYU and the University of Utah. I plan on going on a mission, and I know some schools let you go and some don't. I know these two schools will let me go."

Currently, BYU is number one on Nagy's list and not just because it is the only university to offer him a scholarship. He likes Cougar offensive coordinator Robert Anae, head coach Bronco Mendenhall and BYU's state of the art facilities.

"BYU is my top school right now," Nagy said. "I like the coaches. They have good facilities too. Coach Robert Anae is the one recruiting me and he's really nice. I've talked to all of the coaches and their head coach is really nice also. I like how they have a lot of faith in God. I can live by the standards they have there."

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