Recruits Anxious For Weekend Visit

This weekend is the big one in regards to gridiron recruiting, as about 20 athletes from around the country are scheduled to make their official visits to BYU. While prior years saw the official visits staggered throughout the year, head coach Bronco Mendenhall has worked to get all recruits on campus at the same time since he took the reins of the football program.

"I love that we're all going to be there at the same time," said cornerback commit Garrett Nicholson, who committed this past summer. "I really haven't talked to any of the other guys since summer camps, so yeah, I'm excited - really excited - to get down there this weekend."

Nicholson isn't alone in his excitement to make his official trip to Provo. Fellow commits all echo the West High corner recruit's sentiments.

"I'm going there with my teammate Michael Alisa, and we've both been pumped for this trip for a long time," said Timpview commit Kevin Bills. "My brother K.C. has been telling me what will go on during the trip and I'm just really excited to do all the stuff that they have recruits do."

If this weekend follows what other big recruiting weekends have been, the topper of the trip will likely be a snowmobiling trip among all the meals, interaction with the teammates, and the other activities. Bills said he is looking forward to heading for the mountains to get on a snowmobile.

"Coach Reynolds told me about it last week and I got really pumped," said Bills regarding his chance to go snowmobiling. "But more than that, I think it will be a great opportunity to meet everyone I'm going to sign with: all of my future teammates, the guys on the team right now and all that."

Nicholson said he hasn't heard of any snowmobiling plans, but will certainly be game if it appears on the agenda.

"I've never been snowmobiling before, but man, that sounds like a lot of fun," said Nicholson. "Hopefully we get to do that. I've talked to my dad a lot about what goes on trips and he says it's just a big hangout with the current team and recruits. You really get to know the guys currently on the team and the guys that you will be signing with, so that's what I'm most excited about."

Joining the committed athletes will be a few uncommitted athletes, such as O'neil Chambers from Florida and Uona Kaveinga and Hamani Stevens from California. For these athletes, it will be a chance to see how they fit in and an opportunity to see how BYU compares with the other schools they've visited.

"I really liked camping at BYU this past summer," said Chambers. "I know what BYU is about, and that is why they're among my top schools right now, maybe the top along with Purdue. I'm excited to get up there and see how it is with all the team there and all. I'm also excited to go there with my mom so she can see it up close too."

Chambers was able to make some good friends while in Provo for summer camps this past June and will more than likely renew those friendships while forging some new ones. Among those existing friends is Nicholson, who Chambers became good friends with over the summer.

"I'm real anxious to get to meet O'neil again," said Nicholson. "I lost touch with him since the summer, so yeah, I really want to see him there and hopefully he'll commit."

Other Thunderbirds

Along with Michael Alisa and Kevin Bills, several other graduating Timpview players have options they're currently considering. Mark Ercanbrack currently holds an offer from Snow and will be tripping to Portland State and Weber State, as both schools look likely to offer. Ercanbrack is also considering a preferred walk-on offer from BYU.

Greg Unga, who is Harvey Unga's ‘little big brother,' is likely to accept an invitation to walk on at BYU, while linebacker Dominique Moe is likely to accept a scholarship offer from Dixie College, though he's been offered by Snow College as well.

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