Saint Mary's Duo Impressed with BYU

Recruits Sam Mafi and Chris Wilson made their way to Provo to participate in the first week of football camp this past week. Both came to BYU with good credentials that they both hope now translate to scholarship offers. TBS caught up with both of them to learn of their thoughts after spending a week at BYU.

"[BYU's camp] was great," said Sam Mafi. "BYU is a great place and I loved being there. People were really friendly and I'd love to play for their program and attend school there."

"I loved it," said Chris Wilson, who had never been to BYU or Provo before the camp. "It was a clean place that I could definitely see myself playing at and attending school. Hopefully things work out."

Both Mafi and Wilson play for Saint Mary's High School in Stockton, California. Having played together since the eighth grade, they've forged a strong friendship which they hope to carry to the next level of football, Division-I football.

"I was talking to Chris on the way home about how great it would be to play together at BYU," said Mafi. "We both agreed that it would be something we both wanted pretty bad. Hopefully we both get offered so we'll have that chance."

Although both recruits are not LDS, they've grown fond of BYU through the recruiting process. Mafi attended Junior Day at BYU, which led to his interest in the school, while Wilson had only this past week to familiarize himself with BYU and their football program. Both came away with rave reviews of the program and of the school.

"They live like I do at BYU," said Wilson. "It would be easier to concentrate on school and what is most important at BYU, which I like a lot. There's no partying there or anything like that, which would help me reach my goals."

Mafi is completely sold on BYU, and said, "I'd commit the second they offered. BYU is the school I want to play for more than any other school."

Both Mafi and Wilson are not without other options, as Mafi has been hearing consistently from such schools as Utah, Boise State, Nevada, Arizona State and San Diego State, with Nevada showing the most interest. Wilson meanwhile is hearing from UCLA, Washington, Oregon State, Utah State, Wyoming and Fresno State, with Fresno State being the school showing the most interest.

Football-wise, both Mafi and Wilson starred for their team this past season. Mafi played linebacker, while Wilson played at various offensive positions and at cornerback.

Mafi weighs in at 5 feet 11 inches, 210 pounds, and recently recorded a 4.6 forty time at a local camp. Mafi cites speed as his biggest strength and is working on taking on blockers better. He recorded 71 tackles this past year to go along with eight sacks and 18 tackles-for-a-loss.

Wilson meanwhile is a 5-foot-8-inch, 175-pound athlete who showed good speed at the Cougar football camp. Wilson ran a 11.0 100 meters this past year on the Saint Mary's track team, and showed that speed over and over again throughout the recent camp, bursting through holes and taking it the distance fairly consistently.

"Coaches [at BYU] say that they like my intensity and my skills," said Wilson. "They say they're going to wait until the end of this next week to see if they'll have room for me. I really hope that they do. They want me to play cornerback, most likely."

Mafi was also told positive things by the BYU coaching staff recently.

"They say that they like my intensity and my work ethic," said Mafi. "They told me that they'll continue looking at me and may offer me here soon. Like I said, I'll commit the second they offer. I want to go to BYU."


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