PLAIN CITY — Fremont’s Jordan Preator committed to Cougar football coaches Monday night after considering his options throughout the season. The 6-foot, 180-pound athlete played at a number of positions in high school but will likely play at safety for BYU.
Preator was first offered by the Cougars over the summer following a camp visit and some meetings with coach Bronco Mendenhall.
“BYU really won me and my family over when we visited there over the summer,” Preator said. “My dad was a big Utah fan and so was my stepdad, but that really changed after we met with coach Mendenhall and saw everything BYU had to offer. It’s definitely the right school for me because it offers everything you’d ever want.”
Preator received an offer from Hawaii and increasing interest from both Utah and Utah State, but rested on BYU after thinking it over throughout the season.
“I guess I always knew I’d end up at BYU after getting offered by them, but I wanted to make totally sure,” Preator said. “It just felt right and after thinking it over a lot I decided that my mind was made up and I needed to commit to BYU coaches.”
Preator was injured throughout most of his senior season, but did enough his junior year and through offseason camps to warrant interest. He’s a versatile athlete that has played at quarterback, running back, safety and even kicker for the Silver Wolves.
He was primarily recruited by BYU defensive backs coach Nick Howell.
“Coach Howell is someone I’ve built a very good relationship with and he’s a big reason why I’m going to BYU,” Preator said. “He said I’ll probably play safety, but I could possibly play at corner while I’m there.”
Preator will grayshirt his first season before receiving a scholarship in 2014. He plans on playing four to five straight years for the Cougars and is anxious to partake of everything BYU has to offer.
“BYU offers you so much in every area including a great football program,” Preator said. “When thinking about everything that is important to me in my life BYU is the school that offers me the best chance to achieve everything that is important to me. It has a great environment socially and it will be an opportunity to gain a great education. I couldn’t be more happy about my decision."
Tanner Shipley committed to BYU in June only to de-commit and reopen his recruitment shortly after. In the end, BYU was able to retain his services with Shipley deciding to recommit early Tuesday.
Shipley is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete will likely play receiver while at BYU, but could play running back. Originally offered as a safety, BYU now likes him on the offensive end and that played big in his recommitment.
"I really want to play offense and after sending coaches film of me on the offensive end they agreed to have me fill one of their open running back slots, but it's an option for me to switch to receiver," Shipley said.
The primary reason for Shipley committing again simply had to do with more time to think it over. Shortly after his commit in June, the Wilsonville High product didn't feel at peace with it.
"I'd wake up every day and go to bed every night thinking about my decision and that didn't seem right to me," Shipley explained. "I think I committed in the heat of the moment, but it bothered me and I didn't feel right with it, so I called the coaches and explained it to them."
Most coaches don't take decommit news well, but Shipley found BYU coaches understanding.
"They told me that they'd keep the offer open for me and hoped I'd decide to come back, but that I should take my time," Shipley said. "That really impressed me and all throughout my recruitment BYU was always on top, but I really looked into other programs."
Chief among those other programs were Oregon State and Colorado. Shipley recently took an official trip to Colorado and came away impressed. Shortly after his visit, however, Colorado fired its head coach and Shipley took it as a sign.
"I think that was really a confirmation that BYU was where I needed to be," he said. "I think that was the final thing I needed to recommit to BYU. Shortly after they fired coach (Jon) Embree I decided to commit to BYU."
Shipley feels completely at peace with his commit now and is excited for his future at BYU. He doesn't have certain mission plans, but will discuss the option with coach Bronco Mendenhall this Friday during an in-home visit.
"I don't know when I'll start playing there or what, but I know for certain that BYU is the right place for me," Shipley said. "I love the coaches, I love the atmosphere and I just know in my heart that it's where I need to be. There's no doubt in my mind now."