Timpview's Crichton Has Early Favorite

First, former BYU o-line coach Jeff Grimes developed BYU's offensive line, and now current o-line coach Mark Weber is adding to it. However, great talent on the offensive line has helped them do their job, and BYU isn't done with going after top-notch recruits.

Having coached various offensive linemen from Logan Mankins, first-round NFL pick in 2005 for the New England Patriots, to 1998 Outland Trophy winner and All-American Kris Farris at UCLA, Coach Weber has produced many quality linemen through his 27 years of coaching offensive and defensive lines at various programs.

However, Coach Weber has stated in a previous Total Blue Sports interview that he's never coached a group of linemen the caliber that he now has at Brigham Young University, and the former North Carolina coach looks to continue coaching and producing top quality linemen within the program.

Coach Weber can rest easy knowing that the talent on the o-line doesn't show any signs of diminishing, particularly with the top-notch talent that BYU is going after.

Recently, BYU had extended a full-ride scholarship offer to 6-foot-4-inch, 290-pound Timpview High School offensive tackle Tui Crichton. This past Friday, Crichton helped lead the Thunderbirds to victory in their season opener against Pleasant Grove, 14-0.

"Basically for now I'm just trying to keep my head on straight and focus on school," said Crichton. "I'm working hard to pass all my classes and to get good grades. I'm not really worried about the scholarship thing because I still have two years."

Though he is keeping his mind focused on school so that he'll be able to see the playing field at the college level, Crichton currently holds two offers. One is from the University of Utah, and the other is from BYU.

"I can see my chances at BYU," Crichton said. "I like BYU a lot. I really like the atmosphere. I like the program and the coaches. I like the players and I pretty much like it all. I think the facilities are state of the art and they're probably the nicest I'll ever see. They're just so nice and I just really like it."

Another aspect about BYU that Crichton likes is knowing that the coaches will actually hold a scholarship for him upon his return from serving a full-time LDS mission.

"I've heard stories of how most colleges won't let missionaries go out with a full-ride scholarship," said Crichton. "It will probably be my goal to go to BYU."

Crichton mentioned that BYU is his top school of choice currently, but there are other colleges currently recruiting the big linemen. Those schools include LSU, Arizona St., Hawaii and Colorado, among others. BYU and the U of U are the only to have offered so far, however.

BYU has also offered scholarships to a few of Crichton's fellow Thunderbirds. Craig Bills, Kevin Bills and Michael Alisa have already committed to BYU, and Xavier Suafilo has been offered as well. Crichton has spoken with a few of his teammates about playing together at BYU.

"Yeah, we talk about [playing together] all the time," said Crichton. "It would be like playing at Timpview all over again because half the team got offered already."

When BYU had at one time offered four Timpview players - Luke Ashworth, Steven Covey, Harvey Unga and Matt Reynolds - they were affectionately referred to by Total Blue Sports as the "Thunderbird Four." Now with BYU having offered five players from this same high school, what should they be called?

"You can call us the ‘Fab Five,' said a chuckling Crichton. "Yeah, I like that."

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