BYU Withdraws Offer from California LB

With the early rush on football scholarships in Provo this year, BYU's new approach to recruiting should be dubbed the "First Come, First Serve" technique. The downside of this approach for recruits is that those who are slow to act can be left out in the cold.

On numerous occasions, Mendenhall indicated that playing for BYU is a privilege and that those who wish to be a part of this team should take it as an honor. Twenty-one young men agreed with Coach Mendenhall enough to make the early decision to commit to play for BYU.

After receiving a commitment from linebacker Tyler Beck, BYU appears to be retracting its offers to other linebackers. Granite Bay High School standout linebacker Miles Burris was one of the casualties of BYU's early recruiting success.

"BYU sent me a letter the other day informing me that they filled all the linebacker positions on the team and that they would be withdrawing their offer," Burris said. "They told me that if a spot opens up that the offer will still available, but I just don't know about BYU. I mean, it seems like a good place to play, but I'm feeling like I need to go ahead and go to school closer to home so I can be with my family and friends."

The San Deigo State Aztecs currently have a commit from one of Burris' teammates.

"That would be really cool to play with one of my own team mates," said Burris. "We would have a support system going into the school, but there are still too many things to consider when making my decision."

Burris currently has offers from Nebraska, San Diego State, Army, Nevada, and Boise State.

"I've gotten calls from BYU, Arizona, Utah State, Utah, Washington and Boise State," said Burris. "Nevada, UNLV, Arizona State and Washington State have actually come to my school to visit.

"I'm pretty interested in Nevada, but I'd really like to stay in the state of California if I could. This will be a slow process for me, I'm not planning on making any visits yet. I just want to see where things go during the next couple of months."


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