BYU commit Max Tooley recaps his Utah visit

Utah is hoping to flip local athlete Max Tooley from BYU

BYU commit Max Tooley took an official visit to Utah over the weekend, trying to get a better feel for the program and to see if they were the better fit.

"The visit was great. I was very impressed with everything they have to offer."

Tooley spent a lot of time with some current players and a few Utah commits, really bonding with the group.

"We spent a lot of time hanging out with the other players. They gave us a big tour of the campus to see all of the academic stuff and the facilities. We went and played lasertag, went snowmobiling, and ate a lot of food with the players and the coaches."

Tooley was hosted by fellow Utahn Chase Hansen during a visit and spent a lot of time with him and another local Ute.

"Chase and I got along great. We spent time at Britain Covey's house too and had a lot of fun."

Tooley is an intriguing prospect with his size and skillset that could see him end up playing in the secondary or the front 7.

"Coach Scally said that he likes me best at strong safety, but I could end up playing linebacker depending on what my body does over the next two years.

Despite Tooley's proximity to Utah's campus, he hasn't been up on the hill too often.

"This was only my second time up at Utah. I visited them after they offered, but this time I got to see a lot more of the campus and the football facilities, so it was nice to get up there again."

With his commitment less that certain than before, Tooley is putting a lot of stock in his final visit this weekend when determining where he'll play in college.

"I'm still committed to BYU right now. I want to see how the visit goes with them next weekend and then I'll have a final decision."

The Utah coaches will continue to recruit Tooley as long as they can, with an in-home visit scheduled for later this week.

"Coach Whittingham and Coach Scalley are going by on Thursday to visit with me at home."

The 6-2, 195 pounder decided to take the visit to Utah after the changes on the BYU coaching staff, and felt he owed it to himself to see what else was out there.

"When the BYU coaching staff changed I thought it would be a good idea to check out some other options. Utah has been recruiting me pretty hard for a long time and I figured visiting was the right thing to do. Anything can happen after I take my visit to BYU."

Tooley is a sign and send prospect that will serve an LDS mission right after high school.

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