Weeks One of Nation's Top LDS Receivers

Playing for the Cougars of Show Low High School in Arizona is 6-foot-4-inch, 200-pound junior-to-be Josh Weeks, who dominated on the varsity football team last year. Following the mold of BYU receiver Ross Apo, Weeks could arguably be the top LDS wide receiver in the country by the time he graduates from high school.

As a sophomore, Josh Weeks was one of the top LDS wide receivers in the country. He recorded 47 receptions for 1,223 yards (averaging 26 yards per catch) and 15 touchdowns, burning opponents all over the football field.

Weeks also brought his topnotch receiving abilities to BYU's summer camp.

"It was a great camp and every day I learned something new," said Weeks. "I was able to work out with BYU wide receiver coach [Patrick] Higgins and get some great instruction from him. I learned things that I'll definitely keep with me for the rest of my career. I got some personal instruction and thought it was a really good camp."

Following the camp, Weeks was invited into Coach Mendenhall's office.

"This was actually the first time I've ever met him, but he knew who I was," Weeks said about Mendenhall. "I was able to sit down with him and it was a great experience, one that I've never had before."

Coach Mendenhall took the opportunity to talk about what makes BYU's football program unique.

"He talked about how BYU's football program represents a bigger picture, and how when they play they're representing the Church for the rest of the world," said Weeks. "He talked about how the focus of the university was to not only help develop the skills of the players, but to build testimonies. It was really interesting to listen to him talk about the deeper purpose of what BYU is about.

"I think he wants to use BYU football as a missionary tool for the rest of the world," Weeks continued. "He wants others to know what life is really all about. It's a real unique thing. No other university or football program takes that position. It really is a unique perspective. It was definitely an experience that I won't forget for the rest of my life. It was just great being in his office and meeting face-to-face with him."

Weeks shared why he thinks having the opportunity to meet with Coach Mendenhall is a great experience.

"I think it's just the fact that he places so much emphasis on the individual person," Weeks said. "It's more about personal development, and I think that is what makes him a special coach. Football is important, but it's not as important as the person. He cares more about you winning off the field with life than on the field, and to a football coach winning on the field is pretty important, so it just tells you how much he really cares. Winning games is important, but he said winning in life is even more important.

"I know my parents loved it and they're both BYU graduates. They both think BYU is the place to be and so do I. I think they were kind of shocked sitting there with Coach Mendenhall. They just thought it was a great opportunity to be there."

In addition to BYU, programs such as Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, North Carolina, Nevada and Montana have been doing their homework on Weeks. However, the only camps he's been to thus far are BYU's Nike Camp and summer camp.

"Yeah, I was hoping that maybe when I was there [at BYU] over the summer I would have gotten an offer," he said. "When I was in Coach Mendenhall's office, he said he liked what he saw so far. He gave me some things to do, and accomplishing those things is what I plan on doing. I've been working hard practicing and in the weight room improving on things every day. I haven't really tried going out and talking to other colleges because I'm pretty set on BYU. I just feel like that's the place for me."

Scholarship offers can't be given to the junior-to-be until September 1, and an offer from BYU – and possibly from many other colleges as well – could come around that time. Weeks, who recorded a 4.0 GPA during his sophomore year, will focus on Mendenhall's council.

"Coach Mendenhall pretty much just challenged me to be better and more dominant on and off the field," Weeks said. "Hopefully this season, whenever it may be, I'll get that scholarship by doing what he's asked of me. I'm going to try and get better in everything he's asked of me. A scholarship might come after the first game of the season or it might come later, but it would definitely be a dream of mine to play for BYU. The reason is I think I've been given certain talents, and to go play for the Lord's university and showcase my talents would help put BYU further on the map as a missionary tool. I think that's definitely something I would want to do to give back what I've been blessed with. It would be a dream of mine to be able to do that."

Josh Weeks' highlights

High school highlights of Weeks can be seen here, while video of him at BYU's Nike Camp can be seen here.

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