BYU Offers a Familiar Name

Now that the 2010 class is all but wrapped up, Cougar coaches are turning some of their focus to the 2011 class and have already extended at least 10 scholarship offers for athletes in that class. Among those offers is one to Mountain Crest's Alex Kuresa, who is about as familiar with BYU as any recruit out there. TBS caught up with Kuresa to learn more about him and his recruitment.

Alex Kuresa is a 6-foot, 175-pound quarterback prospect from Mountain Crest High School near Logan, Utah. He's become very familiar with BYU after having attended their camps since he was eight years old. Kuresa is also the younger brother of former Cougar offensive lineman Jake Kuresa.

"I grew up with BYU for sure," said Kuresa. "I obviously know all about BYU and I'm very grateful for the offer they've given me."

Cougar head coach Bronco Mendenhall extended him an official offer during this past Martin Luther King Day following an in-office meeting with him. During the meeting, Mendenhall was more interested in Kuresa's character and how he'd fit in socially and academically at BYU than anything else.

"It was more like a character review," Kuresa said about the meeting. "BYU is a place that really wants to know if you can handle being there with all their standards. Getting an offer from them is an honor because it shows that you're not only a good football player, but someone with good character."

Kuresa is definitely a good, if not great, prep football player. He's thrown for 3,550 yards, 39 touchdown and only eight interceptions with a 68 percent completion percentage last season. He also ran for 500 yards and five touchdowns on the year, basically doing it all for his high school team.

With Kuresa having attended BYU's camps since he was eight, Cougar coaches obviously are well briefed on his abilities. The only concern has been his height, but fortunately he's experienced a bit of a growth spurt during recent months and is hopeful that it will continue.

"I'm now a solid 6-feet and I think I'm still growing," he related. "I should keep growing since everyone in my family is tall. Jake is obviously a big guy and I have a sister that is 6-foot tall, so it's likely that I'll keep growing and play at 6'2" or 6'3" in college. At least that's what I'm hoping for."

While Kuresa certainly has the tools necessary to play quarterback, he also possesses enough overall athleticism that has led many to regard him as a prospect to play other positions such as defensive back or receiver. While BYU often offers players such as him as athletes out of high school, they made it clear to him that they want him as a quarterback.

"They were very clear on that fact which is great, since that's the position I want to play," he said. "I've had a lot of contact with Coach Doman and he loves me as a quarterback prospect. Hopefully I keep improving so that I can have that chance to play quarterback at BYU or another college after I'm done with high school."

Kuresa has also received an offer from Utah State and is receiving phone calls and letters from such schools as Oregon, Stanford, Colorado and Utah. While he was surrounded by BYU influences growing up, he won't name the Cougars as a favorite. Instead, he wants to take an equal look at all of the schools that are recruiting him.

"I want to keep an open mind and look at each school that offers me closely before I decide," he related. "I'd like to decide before next season starts, but I do want to take some trips and consider everything before making my final decision."

This summer Kuresa plans to take part in the All-Poly Camp, the Las Vegas Elite 11 combine, the Rivals camp at Cottonwood High School, and continue his annual attendance of BYU's camp. He'll also take the opportunity to camp elsewhere, although he doesn't have specific plans to as of yet.

Kuresa is LDS and does have plans to serve a mission following his first year of college. TBS will follow Kuresa throughout the recruiting process.

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