EL CAJON, Calif. — Replacing receiver Cody Hoffman isn’t going to be easy.
The 6-foot-4 senior has put up huge numbers over the last three seasons and will undoubtedly play a major role within the Cougar offensive attack again in 2013. A direct replacement of his overall talent and production may be too tall of a recruiting task, but coaches have a keen eye on a similar athlete who will be making his official trip to BYU this week.
Meet Nick Kurtz, a 6-foot-6 receiver from Grossmont Junior College who received an offer from BYU a little more than a month ago. Like most non-LDS prospects, Kurtz knew little about the Cougars when first contacted but has since learned more.
The good news for BYU is that he likes what he’s hearing.
“BYU is just a straight-forward program that promotes clean living with a focus on football,” Kurtz said. “I’m all about that and I’m excited to make a trip there and see it firsthand, to help confirm everything I’ve come to learn about the program.”
Kurtz had 49 receptions for 697 yards and 10 touchdowns playing as a freshman for Grossmont last season. Although his stature may indicate a future at tight end, he strongly disparages such notions.
“Have you seen my film? I’m definitely an outside guy who has the quicks and the speed to play outside receiver at the next level,” he said. “BYU has told me they want me to help replace Cody Hoffman and I believe I have the talent to maybe help replace him and play his position. I know that they’re thinking that and it’s why they offered me.”
BYU isn’t alone in its interest. Kurtz has received like interest from a host of programs, but will likely decide between BYU, Texas Tech and Cal, all of whom have offered him a scholarship.
Kurtz wants to commit before the start of his sophomore season and intends on visiting his three top schools. BYU will be his first visit and he’s anxious to get a firsthand look at the program.
“I want to meet all the coaches I’ve been talking to face-to-face and just see if BYU is the place I’m thinking it is,” he said. “I’ve really come to like BYU a lot with all it offers, but seeing it up close will be a great experience and something I need to do before making a final decision. I want to see everything. I want to meet the players, hang out, see the facilities. I’m excited.”
Kurtz flies out today on Wednesday and will likely stay through Friday.
So how likely is he to commit while on his trip?
“I have a favorite school, but I’m going to keep that to myself right now, but yeah, I could definitely see myself committing to BYU,” Kurtz said. “We’ll just see how things work out, but I definitely want to make the best decision for myself. I have an official trip scheduled to Texas Tech and I’m working on scheduling one for Cal. I really don’t know for sure what I’m going to do, but tripping to BYU should help me a lot with my final decision.”
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