My nephew was invited to Junior Day. His Mom couldn't make it so I went up and spent the morning with my BIL. It was really fun to be there.
At around 9:00 Bronco met with the parents in a small auditorium. He had a powerpoint presentation that was pretty interesting. There were a few things that really stood out to me. Only one other University has more polynesian players on their roster than BYU. That would be Hawaii. He said that they are working hard to make sure that continues.
He talked about how competitive it is for a kid to make it on the roster at BYU. He used a funnel analogy and how they start with a big group and work it down to just a few. He talked about how they only get it right 50% of the time if they offer a kid by just using film. He said that they haven't missed on a kid though that they have brought in to workout at the different camps. Not to say they all turned out to be all americans but that the kids that they were able to see in person they got what they expected from them. He stressed the importance that they feel in being able to see a kid in person.
He talked about the grade requirements to get accepted into BYU. I believe he said a 3.3 and an ACT of 19 for football players. He also said that it is a sliding scale. If you get a higher ACT score than what is required they'll give you some leeway on the GPA, I believe to a 3.0 and 24.
After listening to Bronco for about 25 minutes we went back out to the practice field and watched the drills.
My nephew is a receiver so that is where we spent the morning watching them. There was about 40 of them or so. Out of the 40 there were a dozen or more really good receivers. Out of the dozen or so I had 4 that I thought were even better than the rest. I might be biassed, but my nephew was one of the four. He made a couple of circus diving catches. Hayden Weichers from Bingham had an outstanding morning. I'm not sure I saw him drop a ball. There was a kid from so-cal name Michael Davis, that was unguardable. He was tall, lanky and an absolute burner. He dropped a ball early on and then I don't think he dropped another one. In my opinion he was the top receiver there. There was one other kid who was very good also.
The best part was watching them go one on one with the DB's. Leavitt was one of the DB's that was getting the most attention. Part of the reason why is because he had taken his shirt off. The kid is built. He looks like he could be a linebacker. He runs pretty well. That Michael Davis got the best of him though. There was another kid that was a very good DB also. He was equally as good as Leavitt I thought if not better. He wasn't very tall though.
Speaking of taking his shirt off, Riley was there walking around the practice field showing off the abs. I guess if you have them, you might as well show them. They had just come out of the workout room. I noticed he and Apo were there watching the group run. We looked in on the workout facility and there were quite a few guys in there working hard.
That's about all I have. My SIL thanked me for being there to support my nephew. I just laughed. I was like a kid in a candy shop. There was no sacrifice on my part to be there. I got to hear Bronco speak, see all the different coaches and some players, tour the facilities and eat a free J-Dawg for lunch. Best of all I got to take in a little football in June. It was a good time.