Alletto Achieves his Goal

Terry Alletto set some early goals for himself last year and is right on schedule in achieving those goals. One of those goals included receiving a scholarship offer from BYU to play football, and he received that offer late last month as a junior. Alletto committed to Cougar coaches this past Friday in what was a relatively easy decision for the promising offensive line prospect.

"BYU is perfect for me," said Terry Alletto. "Everything they stand for I stand for and I want to be part of it. To be part of BYU's football tradition is a great honor."

Taking part in the honor of playing football for BYU is Terry's older brother Nick Alletto, who plays offensive tackle as a freshman this season. It was Nick who put in motion Terry's goal to be offered by BYU to play football.

"They offered me October 23rd and it was just a great feeling," said Terry. "I pretty much knew right then that I'd commit. To have that offer and receive it during my junior year was a great honor for me."

Terry's way toward receiving a scholarship was paved primarily from an impressive collection of films that he was sure to send coaches consistently throughout the year, as he wasn't able to show his wares like he wanted to this past summer. Summer camps are usually the time when juniors-to-be earn their offers, but Terry had to wait for his offer if, only for a small while.

"I hurt my foot during summer camp on the third day, so I really wasn't able to show the coaches how I could play," said Terry. "It was very frustrating at the time since I wanted that offer so bad, but things worked out. I was sure to stay in contact and send them plenty of tape, and fortunately they offered me a scholarship."

Terry is 6 feet 3 inches and 265 pounds, and plays center for Ponderosa High School in Parker, Colorado. His team went 5-4 this past season before being bounced in the first round of the state playoffs. Playing center for his high school was the perfect place for him to show that he'd be a good fit for what BYU does on their offensive front.

"I make line calls on almost every play in our offense," said Terry. "[In] our system we pass a lot, so I'm making line calls, blocking assignments and all that on every play and BYU does the same thing. So by doing it successfully throughout the year I think showed BYU coaches that I could do it at BYU too."

Terry's primary recruiting contacts were offensive coordinator Robert Anae and linebacker coach and recruiting coordinator Paul Tidwell. Through the recruiting process, Terry has also become very familiar with head coach Bronco Mendenhall.

"Coach Mendenhall is a great coach," said Terry. "He's a big reason why I committed to BYU. He's a great man who is keeping the tradition that LaVell Edwards brought to the school."

Terry was able to meet with Coach Mendenhall during his unofficial visit this past weekend. During the meeting, Mendenhall set forth what would be expected of him at BYU and the type of program he runs.

"He really didn't focus much on football during the meeting," related Terry. "He talked about what BYU stands for mostly, that BYU was a gospel-oriented program and that the players are expected to represent the gospel in everything that they do. Representing the gospel is what is important to me and probably the biggest reason why I committed."

Terry is LDS, and plans on playing a year before leaving for a mission, which is another goal of his. Missions and receiving a scholarship to play at BYU aren't the only goals that he set last year, however.

"I had a goal to be part of the National Honor's Society," said Terry. "My sister did it and just hearing her speak as a representative of that society made me make the goal to be part of it, which I was able to do this past year."

Terry has received early interest from schools such as LSU, Texas Tech, Illinois, Cal, among others, and is aware that other schools probably would have offered scholarships down the line. However, he is BYU-bound and couldn't be more comfortable with the decision to commit to BYU at a very early stage of the recruiting process.

"BYU is the only place I want to be and I'm sure of the decision," said Terry. "Being part of BYU is what I've always wanted. I love what BYU stands for and to be a part of that is a goal I've had for a while."

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