"I committed to BYU yesterday but I wanted to talk to Coach Erickson before I made it public." This is what three-star center Blair Tushaus from Scottsdale (Az.) Notre Dame Prep said today when he made it official that he picked BYU over Arizona State. A credit to the character of the young man the Cougars just landed.
Tushaus visited both schools unofficially with his family recently but he says BYU was, "Overall the right fit for me. Both ASU and BYU shared qualities that interested me but BYU took it a step further."
He continues, "From the academics, to the football program to even the people that go to school their. There was just very little negative about BYU."
Obviously Tushaus' family were big influences and Blair said his parents couldn't be happier. "My Mom and Dad fell in love with it, sometimes I felt like they wanted to make the decision for me but they were very supportive and had their input but ultimately it was my choice."
Blair reiterated that his instincts told him to be a Cougar. He says, "I just had a gut feeling. I think a better way to describe it is that the stars just all fell in alignment. The coaches did a great job recruiting me, the answered all of my questions and constantly emailed me. Plus they are having a great 2010 recruiting class, some say the best ever in BYU history and being part of that is something special."
Tushaus is an excellent student, maintaining a 3.7 GPA and is thinking of majoring in business or accounting. "I found out on my visit that BYU has the number one accounting program in the nation," he says.
The decision to pick BYU was not an easy one but one he knew was important for his future. "It was something that is not just going to effect the next five years but the rest of my life," he comments.
Tushaus (6-2.5 275) was a 1st team all-region selection last year for the Saints, helping them win the 4A2 state title, unfortunately Blair will not suit up in 2009. He suffered a torn ACL and meniscus just a few weeks ago. "Both ASU and BYU knew about the injury," he says. "I went on my visits on crutches. Both schools were supportive and honored their offers." Tushaus is scheduled for surgery later this month and is confident he will return just as strong. He has up to two years before he will have to see the field again if you include this year and a possible red-shirt year his freshman year at BYU.
Here are Tushaus' junior highlights:
Three-Star Center Makes His Commitment
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