Bol Excited to be a Cougar

Cougar commit Atem Bol from Hurst, Texas is firmly committed to BYU and is excited to ink his letter of intent with BYU this coming February. Bol just completed a successful senior campaign and recently received an in-home visit from wide receiver coach Patrick Higgins. TBS caught up with Bol to learn of how the visit and this past season went for him.

Atem Bol is a 6-foot-2-inch, 195-pound wide receiver recruit hailing from Bell High School in Hurst, Texas, which is smack-dab in the middle of some of the top prep football in the country. Hurst is a suburb of Dallas, where a lot of top prep gridiron talent resides.

While playing for Bell High School, Bol was able to operate within a wide-open offensive system, which he said he believes helped prepare him for what he'll play in while at BYU.

"Our offense is just like BYU's," said Bol. "We use three and four receivers on almost every down and throw it around a lot. When I saw BYU play this year it was just like I was watching our own offense that we play here."

Bol isn't sure of his exact stats, but knows that he found the end zone eight times this past season. With his size, Bol was used all over the field by coaches to fill various roles.

"I mostly played on the outside, but with my size they put me inside at tight end some," said Bol. "I have good size for a receiver, which helps me a lot."

Bol cites as his strengths his above-average size and vertical leap, as well as his speed. He said he believes he can do most everything well and is a well-rounded receiver.

"My best patterns are the fade pattern and the slant," said Bol. "I can use my body well in both patterns. With fades I can really get up and snag the ball down over my defender most times."

Bol and his family received an in-home visit from Cougar assistant coach Patrick Higgins, who also happens to be Bol's future position coach for when he plays wide receiver. Higgins made his way to the Bol household this past Wednesday and was well-received.

"The visit went really well. Coach Higgins is a great guy," said Bol. "He talked mostly with my mother, and my mom really liked what he said. She loves that I'm going to BYU and everything about BYU."

Bol is likewise excited to be a part of what head coach Bronco Mendenhall is building down in Provo.

"I like Coach Mendenhall a lot too and I'm excited to play for and to learn from him," said Bol. "I was able to watch BYU a couple of times this year, and like I said, I can see myself fitting in well there with what they do offensively."

Bol was late for a flight that would have allowed him to attend the exciting game BYU played against Utah, but he was nevertheless able to see it on TV. Bol said he felt like he was already part of the team when watching the game from the edge of his seat.

"All I remember is wanting BYU to beat them so bad," said Bol. "I thought that they were definitely the better team, but man, that was a scary game. It was really exciting to watch."

Bol plans on graduating from high school and then attending BYU for four straight years as he tries to make his mark early and often in the wide receiver corps at BYU.

"BYU is a great place with a great program that is getting better every year," said Bol. "I love the offense they run and I love the coaches. Everything about BYU sounds great to me and I can't wait to be a part of what they do and to help the team as much as I can."

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