Bills Surprised by BYU Scholarship Offer

Corner Canyon High School prospect Keaton Bills has received a scholarship offer from BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall. With two years left to play at the prep level, Bills could be the next high school prospect in the state of Utah that could start to attract national recruiting attention.

It looks like Coach Mendenhall has already placed a stake on the future of BYU’s defensive line and part of that future is none other than Corner Canyon (UT)’s Keaton Bills. Heading into his junior season in 2014, Bills will have two more years to play at the prep level.

“I’m around 6’5” and I weight 250-pounds. I play defensive tackle and on the offensive line,” said Bills. “I play left tackle and I’m really good at pass blocking and I’m really quick. I like to use my height to my advantage and I’m really quick off the ball.”

Bills was invited to a lineman camp that was held recently at BYU. A two-way lineman prospect, Bills worked out with BYU Defensive Line Coach Steve Kaufusi. Apparently the Utah product did very well.

“There was an offensive line and a defensive line, and so I went over and worked with defensive line mainly. I came home one night and my cousin texted me and told me that I needed to call the offensive line coach at BYU (Garret Tujague),” said Bills. “I came home and I called him, and he had invited me down an offensive lineman camp. I said, ‘Alright I’ll go.’”

“At first [I was working out with the offensive line] but then switched over to the defensive line. I worked with Coach Kaufusi that day and just worked hard and gave it my all.”

Follwing the camp, Bills was invited to meet with Bronco Mendenhall in his office. At first Bills thought that maybe this was a kind of “get to know you” meeting. He had no clue what was about to happen.

“Later on they called me into Coach Mendenhall’s office,” said Bills. “I [went] in and he talked to me about the program and how it works. He then gave me this paper that said I had been offered. He then talked to me more about the program. It was a really cool experience.”

Heading into Coach Mendenhall’s office without any prior notice of potentially receiving a scholarship offer to walking out of the office with a pleasant offer in hand was a unforgettable experience for Bills.

“When I first walked in I thought we would be talking about football,” said Bills. “He (Bronco) brought up about the church part of the program and the school and why there are such good standards and high standards. It was really a neat experience to not only talk about football but also about life too.

“I thought it was kind of like a coach just going to talk to me and stuff like that. I was thinking he was just going to tell me that he would be watching me this year. He called me in and started talking about the program and then he gave me a piece of paper. I started reading that paper and it just hit me. I was like, ‘Oh, wow! I just got offered.’ It was a cool experience.”

The moment in which Bills learned he was being offered by Coach Mendenhall will stay in his memory bank for a long time.

“Yeah, it was a cool moment for me,” said Bills. “I’ve got a lot of family that are BYU fans, so it was a really cool moment for me when I received that scholarship offer. It was way awesome.

Bills father was also in Coach Mendenhall’s office when the offer was extended. On the way home, Bills’ stepmother joined them and the three talked about the experience the entire way home.

“When we came out of the office my dad was like, ‘Are you serious?’” stated Bills. “I’ll be honest he freaked out. The ride back home was awesome. I was there with my stepmom and she’s a big BYU fan. She wasn’t there for the meeting but she [joined us] on the ride home. She was really jealous that we got to meet Coach Mendenhall and she was freaking out. She couldn’t stop talking about it the entire time.”

Although Bills is a two-way player for Corner Canyon, he’s being recruited to play on the defensive line at BYU. He feels he has a strong bond already with Coach Kaufusi.

“BYU is recruiting me to play on the defensive side of the ball,” said Bills. “Coach Kaufusi is a great guy and coach. My d-line coach (Jim Herrman) played with him in college, so he was telling me about it. When I got to the camp I kind of already knew about him, so I just worked hard. He’s the kind of coach that makes you want to work hard for him. I don’t know what it is about him, but he just makes you want to keep working. He’s a great coach and a really good guy.”

Despite being excited about the scholarship offer from BYU, Bills didn’t commit to Coach Mendenhall at that time. He wants to wait it out a little while longer.

“I didn’t commit to him right away,” Bills said. “I’m just going to wait it out for a year and weigh my options. I just want to see what happens and then make a decision after that.”

The offer from BYU is Bills’ third scholarship offer. The junior-to-be hasn’t spoken to any other FBS programs since receiving his offer from BYU.

“I have three offers right now,” Bills said. “I have an offer from Utah State, Weber State, and now BYU. After I got the offer from BYU I haven’t really spoken to any other schools.”

Bills is LDS and has plans to serve a mission immediately following high school graduation. He’ll then come home and pursue the sport of football.

“You know, I’m planning serving a mission after high school,” said Bills. “That’s something that I want to do.”

Congratulations to Keaton Bills on receiving his scholarship offer from BYU. TotalBlueSports.com will stay in touch with Bills throughout this upcoming prep season and report on any other offers or news dealing with his recruitment.


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