It's All About Ofa (& Other Odds & Ends)

Where does BYU keep coming up with recruits? And why are there a dozen players coming in this weekend when there's only one big fish left to catch? We answer those questions and more in our Odds and Ends article here...

* One verbal that caught us by surprise was Aaron Attig, the 6-2, 195 pound safety from Moapa Valley High in Nevada.

We had heard he had a great camp at BYU, but he disappeared off our radar. The Cougs, however, didn't lose track of him and when the scholarship for Kyle Brady became open, Attig was the fortunate one to get it.

He'll most likely go on a mission first like most of the BYU incoming recruits.

Attig played all over the field, starring mostly at receiver where he lead his team with 29 catches for 492 yards (17 ave.) and three TDs.

He also rushed 21 times for 99 yards and four more scores.

On defense he had four INTs and a huge number of tackles: 54 solos and 77 assisted for his 6-5 team.

The recruiting interest wasn't huge, some Mountain West schools like SDSU, New Mexico, UNLV and also Nevada, as well as BYU, but often players in remote areas such as Nevada can often get overlooked.

This is another example of a sterling camp performance turning into a five-figure scholarship deal.

* Ofa is in the midst of a home visit tour that has to be exhausting. Last night it was Texas head coach Mac Brown, tonight it's ASU head man Dirk Koetter and tomorrow night it's BYU's Lance Reynolds.

Why not Gary Crowton? He's already used up his one and only home appearance with the star Texas lineman.

From what we've seen, BYU's approach is, like it was last year with Haloti Ngata, is to be very low key and not pressure the star recruit, who says he'll announce on signing day whether it will be Texas, BYU, Miami or ASU.

We heard from a Texas coach that word has got around Ofa told Brown he wasn't interested in Texas. If that's true, and we haven't confirmed it, then ASU could become the biggest threat to BYU because the lineman's cousin signed with the Sun Devils last year and Ofa may want to be somewhere where he has close family.

We still think BYU is in the driver's seat. Ofa visited last week from Thursday through early Sat. when he left to attend his football banquet.

* About a dozen recruits are expected this weekend with the most being teammates from Lone Peak, TE/DE Howie Harmer and FB/LB Matt Ah You, as well as two players already committed to the Cougars, Attig and kicker Mitch Payne.

We spoke with a JC coach in Florida today who said Walt Williams, the long-anticipated but never revealed DB, will trip this weekend to BYU and could join the university in the fall.

According to this coach, Williams is trying to graduate but is only one credit short and the speedy DB/kick returner is still eyeing BYU.

His scholarship would count towards next year's allotment.

The other recruits coming in are mostly Utahns who BYU will try to get in as walk-ons, in some cases, or will send on missions or encourage to go the JC route.


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