Local Prospects Report to Junior Day

Junior Day brought out around 150 high school players to BYU's campus to work out with Cougar coaches for the day. Among those 150 were two of the most sought-after local prospects: Alta High's Sausan Shakerin and Timpanogas High's David Kruger. TBS caught up with both prospects to learn of their experience at BYU's Junior Day.

"It was a lot of fun and I liked working out with the coaches there," said David Kruger. "That's why I went, to work out and work on my game. I want to work hard on my game this offseason and this was just another opportunity to do that."

"I like going down to BYU," said Sausan Shakerin. "I've come to know the coaches and the campus and like it. BYU is a good program and working out with the coaches was fun."

This past Junior Day was essentially a one-day camp where high school players came down, went through a group meeting, broke into groups to work on light skill position drills, and then ended the day with a barbeque. The whole event ended shortly after noon.

"I know BYU very well," said Kruger. "I didn't go there to learn more about the school, talk to the coaches some more or anything like that. I went to work on my game and to get better."

Kruger is intent on developing into a Division I-quality defensive lineman. So far, he's well on his way, as both BYU and Utah have identified him as a legitimate Division I prospect by offering him a scholarship. For Kruger, it's all about acquiring more speed at this point during his workouts.

"[Speed is] what I'm working on most," said Kruger. "Speed is very important for a defensive lineman. I need to work on getting off the line quicker and getting up field faster. I have good size and strength, but I do feel I need to get more speed."

Kruger was able to work a bit with and get some tips from BYU defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi while at Junior Day, which will help him in his goal of acquiring better speed and burst off of the snap.

"Coach Kaufusi knows his stuff," said Kruger. "He's a great coach and I love learning from him. He's a reason why I like BYU so much. I'd love to play for a coach like that."

For Kruger, who is 6 feet 5 inches and 280 pounds, it is currently pretty much a two-horse race between BYU and Utah. Both schools hold his only offers at this point, and it appears that Kruger will end up signing with one or the other.

"They're pretty much even at this point," said Kruger. "Both of them offer the same stuff, good coaches, good environment and other stuff. I'll decide between both of them and want to decide before the season starts or soon after it starts."

Meanwhile, Shakerin has been receiving an increasing amount of attention from some top programs. The 6-foot-3-inch, 200-pound running back currently holds offers from Utah, BYU, LSU, Stanford and Colorado.

"I'm also hearing a lot from Cal, UCLA, USC, Michigan, Washington, Idaho and Boise State," said Shakerin. "I hope to get some more offers and then decide."

Shakerin isn't close to deciding, as he hasn't honed in on a favorite at this point. The top running back prospect in the state plans to wait for all of his options to come in and then decide.

"I'm not really thinking about [signing] right now," said Shakerin. "I have some good options right now and I plan to look closer at the schools that have offered or may offer me this summer and into the season."

As for summer plans, Shakerin plans to attend Utah's summer camp, while Kruger plans on attending both BYU's and Utah's summer camp. TBS will keep close tabs on both athletes in the coming months up until signing day.


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