Kahuku Corner is Cougar Bound

Gary Nagy from Kahuku High School decided to follow in one of his famous neighbor's footsteps and play in BYU's defensive secondary. Nagy was one of two Hawaiians who performed well enough at BYU's summer football camp to earn a scholarship offer from Cougar coaches.

Gary Nagy is a 6-foot-1, 175-pound defensive back prospect who ran a 4.60 forty at BYU's camp and impressed observers with his coverage skills and physical presence. Nagy flew under the recruiting radar until his recent trip to the mainland.

Nagy's first stop was the All Poly Camp in Bountiful, Utah. He then went to Utah's camp for two days and ended his trip with two days at BYU.

"I had a lot of fun out there," said Nagy. "It was a good opportunity to show what I could do, and I got an offer from BYU, and I committed to BYU after I got home."

A couple of years ago Cougar fans cheered on Aaron Francisco, one of the hardest hitting safeties ever to pass through Provo. Nagy is very familiar with Francisco because they are both from Kahuku.

"I knew who Aaron was for sure," said Nagy. "He grew up down the street from me and I always looked up to him as a football player. He's the type of player I've always wanted to be."

With Francisco now playing in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals, Nagy has a lot to live up to, but he figured that BYU was the best place to start. Unlike Francisco, Nagy may make his mark at cornerback rather than safety. Cougar coaches told him that they would try him at both positions and see where he fit in best.

"I can play either," said Nagy. "I have the speed to play corner, but I hit really well, so maybe I'd be best at safety. I love to hit and I can stay on guys real well. I'll just play wherever they feel they need me most."

Nagy is LDS, but does not have definite mission plans. He will turn 19 the September after he graduates. While at BYU Nagy credited the spiritual environment as the chief reason why he committed to them. He was also impressed by the coaching staff.

"I got to know Coach Anae, Coach Hill and Coach Mendenhall the most on my trip out there," said Nagy. "All of those guys are great guys. Coach Hill is someone who I'm excited to play for and to have coach me. He's a cool guy.

"Coach Mendenhall is a powerful man," said Nagy. "He has a powerful presence about him. He's just a real strong man. You could tell he's strong in the Church and in whatever he does. That's the type of coach I want to play for."

One thing in particular struck Nagy about his meeting with Coach Mendenhall. The Cougar head coach made a comparison between the BYU uniform and an LDS missionary's attire.

"He just said that the BYU uniform represents something just like a mission tag does," said Nagy. "He stressed the importance of knowing what I represented as a player at all times and that was what he was looking for in players at BYU. I'm ready to do that. I like that about BYU, and that's why I committed to them."

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