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Published: Monday, May 14 2012 12:00 p.m. MDT

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Provo, UT

How great for him. I hope he gets a chance to prove himself at BYU. That said, I also hope if BYU doesn't offer to him, he doesn't take offense at it (from what I've read, I don't think he will)

American Fork, UT

What a fantastic story - he sounds like a wonderful young man.

I'd love to see him come to BYU. I hope it works out.

Especially the part about him wanting to serve a mission! I love this kid

San Diego, CA

It's exciting to sense the enthusiasm of a new convert to the LDS Church. I hope he is good enough to play football for the Cougs. Please get him off those ice skates before he hurts himself.

Uncle Rico Coug

What a great story from a genuine young man! I admire him for his desires to live a righteous life and his commitment to do that by joining the church. I think that we could find a spot on the team for a football player of his size and the transfer could benefit BYU and Phil Ford. I hope we see you in a BYU uniform Mr. Ford!

Kearns, UT

If he's any good and his grades are up, sign him up.

Mcallen, TX

This guys dad is a KU football coach and former Kansas City Chief. Can't go wrong with a Ford.

South Jordan, UT

Sounds like a win, win for everyone.

West Jordan, Utah

Well, this story is interesting to much of the audience of the DesNews. For that, it's newsworthy. Time will tell if there is any substance to it. Will BYU show much interest? If so, will the young man turn out to be a quality player?

South Weber, UT

Best wishes to this young man and Kudos for his desires to serve.
Nice surprise for the football staff !

Ann Arbor, MI

I'm sure Brandon simply forgot to mention all the other programs desperate to get Phil. Brandon did mention that powerhouse Minn and Kansas had offerd him before he failed to make grades so I'm sure they're jumping through hoops to get him now.

Scout must not be updated as they don't have a profile for Phil but i'm sure they will straight away.

Woods Cross, UT

In that one moment, Jake Heaps demonstrated an incredible amount of class. Best of luck with your new team, Jake.

Danbury, CT

Hey, anyone else notice that Jake Heaps showed a whole lot of class in recommending BYU even though so many of us fans have been dissing him for months (including yours truly)? I have repented.

Highland, UT

I just love these kinds of stories. I hope it works out for this young man but even if it doesn't I love his enthusiasm and his desire to serve a mission. The story just really made me feel good and I'm pulling for him. Good Luck Phil!

Salt Lake City, UT

This story is about more than football. Hope the football works out, but long after college sports he will be blessed for his decision.

AZ Blue & Red
Gilbert, AZ

Like several of you I was not only impressed with this young man but proud that Jake was willing to do what is right. So thanks Jake. Impressive. I am still a fan and hope you do well at KU.

Now if we could only get both Red and Blue people to understand that great people go to the U and the Y. (and KU) And the fact that BYU is not for everyone that is LDS and that all BYU people are one way and that U people are a certain way as well. Having grown up around the U my whole life with most of my friends going there and me going to the Y, trust me I have seen both sides. I am a fan of both. I know the good and the bad at both.

Please let us know how this story ends. He would be quite a missionary. 330 pound guy knocking on a door would be fun to watch. I was that tall but half that weight when I was knocking on doors in Kansas 35 ears ago.

Lone Star Cougar
Plano, TX

Dear Brother Ford, congratulations on your joining with us in the gospel. I really hope you get a good shot at joining BYU. I also highly recommend a mission. It will forever change your life and make you into a man with great priorities. Good luck and God Bless!

Orem, Utah

What a great story. B.Y.U. loves recruits like these who are LDS and want to come and play sports as well as surround themselves with others of their faith. I don't know if B.Y.U. has a scholarship available for him, but if they do he would fit nicely with our program. Also kudos to Jake who could have made disparaging comments about B.Y.U. but instead told him that even though B.Y.U. didn't work out for him it is still a good school and has a great atmosphere. Good luck to Phil and Jake in your endeavors.

Provo, UT

I like and support Utah football but can I say this hedgehog, you're getting a bit tiresome already! Attack BYU football all you want but let's keep the young men out of it.

Keisels Beard
Overton, NV

Hopefully he can reach his dream and play for BYU. If that isn't possible for some reason, Utah and USU could be alternate options for him.

Springville, UT

Iowa Western has LDS roots in the soccer program and now some football!

The Reivers have been recruiting LDS kids since they started their soccer program several years ago. More than 50% of the girls team are from out here and LDS.

Their football program for a JC team has done a great job in the three short years they've been around. 23 - 8 overall. They came out here 2010 and played Snow College for a bowl game.

Hope this kid can find a home, he's got heart!

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