August 19, 2013

Why Nick Kurtz chose BYU over other big offers

One of the bright spots for BYU this fall camp has been the depth at WR. Cougar nation knew what they could expect from Cody Hoffman and JD Falslev, but were hoping to see an emergence with Ross Apo and some of the other guys.

With spring camp Skyler Ridley took the spot from Ross Apo as a starter. And in fall camp Mitch Matthews at 6-foot-6 has been making impressive plays and catches and been called out by coaches with his performance. And then there is Ross Apo, who seems to show the fight for regaining the top spot.

Next year Hoffman and Falslev will have graduated and BYU will be looking for guys to fill those shoes. This is why the coaching staff has been recruiting guys who can fill immediate needs and perform. One of those guys is Nick Kurtz, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound WR from Grossmont Community College in California.

Cougar nation may remember when current Bronco's WR Wes Welker tweeted to Nick Kurtz some unflattering words about BYU and promoting his alma-mater, Texas Tech. Tech was also one of the schools highly interested in Kurtz. That tweet sparked responses back from BYU fans and even BYU WR Coach Guy Holliday.

Last week ended his recruitment by choosing BYU via twitter. Cougar nation went a buzz with excitement because just a day earlier Cedric Dale Jr. had committed to BYU. Cougar nation was seeing offensive fire power take the first step in helping BYU with the future of the program.

"I just followed my heart and it was shouting BYU. Don't get me wrong, I liked a lot of other schools but I could only choose one, and that was BYU," said Kurtz. Other schools that offered him were Akron, Cal, Colorado State, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Oregon, San Jose State, Texas Tech and Utah State.

So with other quality schools offering, what made Kurtz commit to BYU? "I loved everything about BYU; from the staff, to the fans, to the beautiful mountains that engulf LaVell Edwards stadium. Everyone at BYU is willing to work to become both the best athlete and person they can possibly be," Kurtz continues about the friendships he has made with other BYU commits, saying "Cedric and I actually spoke for the first time over twitter the day before I committed. I watched his film and loved what I saw, so I messaged him congratulating him on his commitment and let him know to look out for my commitment as well. I've made friends with a lot of current BYU players and also 2014 commits like Fred Warner and Tyler Cook."

The two coaches primary for his recruitment to BYU are Coach Holliday and Coach Tujague. This is BYU's first 4-start commitment from the 2014 class. Kurtz plans to major in Exercise Science.

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