Bills Makes an Early Commitment

The Bills family is doing its part to become a household name in regards to Cougar football. Having one of the family members pass through the program with one currently in the program, and another two on the way, the Bills are very much a BYU family. The latest is Craig Bills, who committed on Monday to head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

"I'm really excited right now," said Craig Bills. "I love BYU. I know it's the right place for me. I don't even care who would have offered me if I didn't commit early, because BYU is the only place I want to be."

Bills is a 6-foot-2-inch, 202-pound safety prospect from Timpview High School. With his oldest brother K.C. Bills having already passed through the program, next-oldest brother Kelly Bills currently in the program playing linebacker, and his other brother Kevin Bills set to sign his letter of intent with BYU this coming February, the youngest Bills didn't want to break tradition.

"I'm really excited to play with my older brothers at BYU," said Bills. "We're a very close family and having the opportunity to play with my brothers in college is a dream come true."

Bills received a lot of insight on BYU from his older brothers, who all gave positive feedback regarding what type of program BYU is and where it's going.

"Just watching them last year, you know BYU is going up," said Bills. "They have a great program and I know they'll only get better by the time I join the team."

Bills, however, did not decide on BYU purely based on the football program.

"BYU is a great place for me spiritually and academically," said Bills. "I've asked K.C. and Kelly a lot about BYU and they tell me how great of a school it is. They talk about the spiritual environment and how good the academics are, and that helped me with my decision a lot."

Bills' connection to BYU doesn't exist solely with his brothers. He has former and current teammates at Timpview to play alongside with in the coming years at BYU.

"I'm really good friends with Jray Galeai, who committed last week," said Bills. "We played at safety together last year and I'm very excited to have the opportunity to play with him at BYU."

Bills showed great skill last year from his safety position, recording 86 tackles and six interceptions. Bills is definitely a defensive-minded player who loves to pursue and hit opposing players in the open field.

"That's my strength," said Bills about his open-field ability. "I feel that I'm very good in the open field tackling guys. I'm aggressive and I love to hit. I love hitting guys hard and making them fall backwards in the open field."

Along with Galeai, Bills plays alongside Xavier Suafilo, who was recently offered. Bills also grew to know recent Cougar signees Houston Reynolds, Eathyn Manumaleuna and Famika Anae, adding to his connections to BYU.

"I definitely know a lot about BYU and I know a lot of the players there, so that definitely helped with my decision," said Bills. "I feel really comfortable there, and like I said, BYU is really getting better. The program there is just awesome."

Bills remembers the exact date he was offered: Cougar assistant head coach Lance Reynolds informed Bills of the offer on May 10 of this year. It was something Bills was anxiously awaiting, but he wasn't sure he wanted to make the commitment to BYU right away.

"I wanted to ask my brothers some stuff, pray about it and think about it for some time," said Bills. "So I did it and now I have no doubt that BYU is the place for me. Like I said, I don't care if I would have gotten other offers if I waited. I don't care about stuff like that. I care about going to the right school for me, and BYU is the right school for me."

Bills will be entering his junior season this coming year as he just recently turned 16 years old. The plan for right now is to play a full year before leaving on his LDS mission.

"It's a ways off and I know it's early to commit, but I won't change my mind," said Bills. "I'm old enough to know what I want in college and BYU has everything I want."

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