Prospect Preview: Snow College

Year in and year out, Snow College is a contender in the tough WSFL. They air it out and have sent several quarterbacks to the next level. Josh Heupel, of course, led last year's Oklahoma Sooners to a National Title. And their QB of two years ago, Olin Hannum, is now at NC State. This is a report on The Badgers' future stars.


Location: Ephraim, Utah
Head Coach: Jeff Kilts (entering 2nd year)
Conference: WSFL
2000 Record: 7-3
Interesting Fact: ~70% of players go on Missions.
Internet site: Snow Football 

The Badgers


NAME: Scott Tuitupou
6-3, 230
FORTY: 4.6

COMMENTS: Key words to describe: Strong, hard nosed, aggressive, good character. "Based on the response (from recruiters) and how he played he's our number one guy. Southern Cal is all over him," said head coach Jeff Kilts. The returned Mormon missionary is 22-years old and provides a level of maturity in the locker room and on the field. "He has the ability to put on some additional weight but in his current position of OLB he may be just fine," said Kilts. A part-time starter in 2000, Tuitupou battled nagging foot injuries exacerbated by artificial turf. According to Kilts, Tuitupou is carrying a 3.4 and may have been a qualifier.

Coming out of Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah, Tuitupou didn't get many looks from recruiters.

NAME: B.J. Flores
6-2, 215
FORTY: 4.45

NOTEWORTHY: An Olympic boxer. Placed 4th in Olympic Trials in Lt. Heavyweight division. Currently in Phoenix fighting in tournaments.

COMMENTS: "He can fly for a big guy. Faster than Aaron Boone, who signed with Kentucky this year," said Kilts. Last spring, Flores clocked a 4.45. During the season, while backing up Boone, he caught about thirty balls including a handful of TDs. Coaches say Flores is "very quick off the line" and that he works hard in the weight room. 

Was a qualifier out of HS and signed with BYU where he redshirted. Went on a Mission and upon returning decided against playing for BYU. Recruiting attention is coming from both Colorado and NC State so far. BYU is definitely out of the picture it seems.. Brother Jeremy Flores is the punter at Colorado, so they could have an edge. Flores carries a 2.9 GPA.

Attended Willard High School in Springfield, MO.

NAME: Shane Knudson
HT/WT: 6-1 1/2, 215
FORTY: 4.6

NOTEWORTHY: 2nd Team All-WSFL as a freshman.

COMMENTS: "A big hitter. Really lays some hat," said Kilts. "We thought about moving him to WLB last year, which is where he'll play at the next level." In addition to being a physical player Knudson is also an excellent cover guy. Apparently, he will need a medical redshirt because right after his mission he contracted mononucleosis and skipped a season to recover. Idaho State is really interested right now and is working with the NCAA to get a medical RS. Knudson is a 2 x 2 guy pending the final decision.

Academically, you're looking at a low risk guy. He's carrying a 2.64 GPA and has earned enough credits to graduate already. But he'll stay for fall and officially graduate then.

Attended Gunnison High School in Utah.

NAME: Jon Peterson
HT/WT: 6-2, 230
FORTY: 4.65

COMMENTS: Peterson is in the same mold as Tuitupou with whom he shared a starting role in 2000. USC is recruiting both of these guys although they may like the latter a bit more. Currently carrying a 2.77 GPA and will graduate in fall of 2001. Attended Dixie HS in St. George, Utah.

NAME: Chad Nickelsen
HT/WT: 6-1, 183
FORTY: 4.6

COMMENTS: Nickelsen is more of a possession type receiver than Flores. Runs great routes. Brother, who also attended Snow, was Tim Couch's leading receiver at Kentucky. According to Coach Kilts, Chad is the better prospect coming off his freshman season. A predictor out of N. Sevier HS in Utah. Carrying a 2.95 GPA and will graduate in fall 2001. A 2 x 2 guy.


TE Boyd Clyde (6-4, 238)
Coming off a mission last spring he ran a 4.75 forty. Coach Kilts thinks he's probably faster now. Was brought in by former coach to play SS but was moved to TE. Great routes. Will get bigger. 3.0 GPA.


NOTE: Nick Johnson, an offensive lineman with Snow last year (ASU signee), had to quit the team after a malignant tumor was discovered in his knee. He faces knee replacement surgery. Our best wishes go out to him.

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