Utah State football: Bingham star Hayden Weichers chooses USU over BYU

Published: Monday, Dec. 10 2012 10:05 p.m. MST

Bingham star Hayden Weichers had 38 receptions for 788 yards and nine touchdowns last year for the Miners. He decommitted to BYU and will play for Utah State instead.

Jeffrey R. Allred, Deseret News

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SOUTH JORDAN — Utah State coach Gary Andersen is building a quality program up in Logan and top local recruits have noticed. Andersen and his staff recently convinced Bingham High star Hayden Weichers to forgo his BYU commitment and sign on as an Aggie.

"It's a great opportunity for me to play immediately and I feel Utah State is a better fit for me," Weichers said. "I love coach Andersen and I love everything Utah State has to offer. I weighed all the pros and cons of BYU and Utah State and just decided Utah State was the better place for me."

Weichers is a 6-foot, 180-pound receiver prospect who will likely play at slot receiver for the Aggies. At Utah State, he'll have the opportunity to play right out of high school instead of having to wait at least two years for a scholarship.

"Both BYU and Utah State offered me in the summer with the understanding I wouldn't receive a scholarship until after my mission," for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Weichers explained. "Utah State recently told me that they had a scholarship open up and that I could play immediately and that's really all I needed to know."

Weichers jumped at the opportunity to play immediately for a program that is clearly on the rise. Andersen and his staff have focused on luring top instate talent and didn't let up on recruiting Weichers after he had pledged his services to BYU.

"They let me know throughout that they wanted me as part of their program and that meant a lot," Weichers said. "I love coach Andersen and everything he's done up there. Every time I meet with him, he has a huge smile on his face and he makes me feel at home whenever I'm up there visiting or when he's down here."

FALK TO CORNELL: Logan quarterback Luke Falk announced via Twitter his intentions to sign a national letter of intent to play for Cornell University next season.

"Just committed to play football at Cornell University! #gobigred" Falk tweeted.

Falk's career originally started with the Grizzlies as a sophomore, but after splitting time with Utah State commit D.J. Nelson, Falk elected to transfer to Oaks Christian, Calif., the next year.

After relocating back to Cache Valley before his senior season, Falk threw for 3,618 yards and 36 touchdowns in 2012. He completed 59 percent of his 562 pass attempts on the season.

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