Commits Anxious To Sign

On the eve of National Letter of Intent Signing Day, BYU's commits are anxious to finally make it official in regards to which school they'll be playing for. Most of the 25 expected signees have been committed to BYU for a little less than a year and have considered themselves Cougars for quite some time now, although nothing is official until they ink their letter of intent.

"Yeah, it's been almost an entire year since I committed," commented Cougar commit Jerry Bruner, who committed during spring practices last year. "It's like I've been decided forever, but I guess you still have to make it official. So yeah, I'm excited to finally make it official, although I've considered myself part of BYU's team for a while now."

"It's exciting, really exciting," said Garrett Nicholson. "It's exciting because I know a lot of the guys who I'll be signing with and to finally make it official [with]. It's been a long time since I committed, but when I got that letter in the mail on Monday that I'm going to sign [Wednesday], it just made me real excited all over again. Now it's going to be official. It's going to be for real tomorrow, you know?"

While most recruits have received letters in the mail from only BYU to sign Wednesday - due to committing early in the process - several have received letters from other schools hoping for a last-minute change of heart. But for recruits such as O'neill Chambers, BYU will be the only place they'll be sending a letter to.

"I received letters from Purdue and Maryland along with my BYU letter, but BYU will be the letter I'll be signing," said Chambers. "It's exciting. I'm going to send it in before school starts, so it will be in very early."

Most of those who sign will be sending in their letters well before noon, and some even plan on signing their letters Tuesday night.

"I'm going to get home here soon and just sign them," said safety recruit Daniel Sorensen on Tuesday (Sorensen, like Bruner, committed during last year's spring practices). "I'll send them in first thing tomorrow and wow, it will be done, finally."

What is unique about BYU's signing class is that practically all of the commits are very familiar with those who they'll be signing with. BYU coaches scheduled every single commit to visit at the same time in late January, allowing the commits to become aware of their future teammates and even form friendships.

"Yeah, it's great knowing who I'll be signing with and then playing with in college," said Sorensen. "I met most of the guys and got along with all of them really well on my official visit. My mom also keeps up to date really well online with who is committed and all that stuff."

"It's really great to know everyone," added Bruner. "On my trip I met everyone and we're going to be really good - the players already at BYU and those coming in. I'm really excited to finally be officially part of BYU's team tomorrow."

Since the time they first committed up until the time they sign their respective letters of intent Wednesday, those that have previously committed have continued to be recruited by the Cougar coaches. Just about every commit received an in-home visit from head coach Bronco Mendenhall and other coaches, as the recruitment doesn't stop until Wednesday.

"It was great to have Coach Mendenhall in my home," said Bruner. "He reemphasized what BYU was and how they wanted me to be part of the program. It was really neat that they showed just as much interest in me almost a year after I already committed. I love BYU's coaches and I'm excited to learn from them while at BYU."

So after months and months of in-home visits, official and unofficial visits, numerous phone calls, texts and letters in the mail, it all ends Wednesday. For every recruit involved, that is a good thing.

"It's so nice to have it finally over," said Chambers. "I heard from a lot of schools and decided on BYU. Now I'll finally be able to make it official and I'm going to be a Cougar. It's a great feeling."

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