Comments about ‘Salem Hills star football recruit Porter Gustin carefully considering all options’

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Published: Wednesday, June 11 2014 3:20 p.m. MDT

Updated: Saturday, July 19 2014 8:54 p.m. MDT

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dnay
Salt Lake City, UT

How in the world has Bronco not offered this kid. He'd commit to them, he's already stated that if they'd offered after camp he'd signed. How in the world do you not offer a 4 star linebacker a scholarship? I read somewhere that they were over their allotment at linebacker, and to that I say SO WHAT, he will be better then many of the 2 star linebackers you have on the roster, Bronco pull your head out and get that kid in a Cougar uniform!

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I wish Porter the best of luck with whatever decision he comes to, but I of course hope he stays home!
Porter, you've gotta love your NFL odds playing defense for Whittingham and Sitake up on the hill. Here's to hoping you stick around!

Hoopcoach
Provo, UT

Having witnessed an incident during basketball season, it does not surprise me at all that BYU has not offered. Character is very high on BYU's list... I'm not doubting his athletic ability at all, he's an incredible athlete. He may or may not fit the criteria that is required at BYU. He may be better off at another school. Good luck to the young man. He potentially could be playing on Sunday's.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

@Hoopcoach

Did you really just play the "he doesn't have good enough character card to play at BYU, so he should go to a 'lesser' school" card? And you wonder why everyone in the country thinks BYU fans are the most arrogant...

Indy
St George, Utah

Gustin on Utah:

"Every year I'd drive from where I lived in Idaho to come to BYU not Utah, nothing against Utah though, I need to be respectful to Utah because they offered me. I do have great contacts at both schools right now (BYU and Utah) and Utah has shown more love obviously with an offer,"

Wait... So he would rather play for the mid-major Cougars than the PAC-12 Utes?
How can this be??

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

Hoopcoach
Provo, UT

"Having witnessed an incident during basketball season, it does not surprise me at all that BYU has not offered. Character is very high on BYU's list..."

Character is high on byu's list? How's that Kearsley kid working out? Not so great, from what I've read. Well, the warning signs were there but byu wanted and took him anyway.

Character is so high on byu's list. LOL! Fights, drinking, etc. Bottom line, byu has the same problems every other program has including potential NCAA sanctions. Time to come down from that high horse you're riding.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Obviously academics is the most important thing, but after that it’s about winning a conference championship, contending for a national championship, and then preparing as best he can for the NFL

Go UTES!!

Black&Blue
St George, Utah

How does this happen?

The kid has offers to virtually EVERY elite program in the country, but somehow Bronco can't find room to offer him a scholly?

And I am sick and tired of hearing people throw this kid through the mud and labeling him with low character or integrity. He is 17 years old! Maybe he hasn't figured everything out yet, but if BYU truly does stand for everything I hope it does, this kid should not be rejected because of mistakes he may or may not have made.

You can't let a 4-star LB with offers to USC, Ohio St., and Florida St. slip away. Especially one in your backyard who has dreamed of playing at BYU his whole life.

Fight On!
St George, Utah

Can't wait to see this kid suit up for my Trojans.

Academics - Check
Winning Conference Championships - Check
Contending for Nat'l Championships - Check
Preparing for the NFL - Check

His family are HUGE BYU fans, so I'm sure they are pretty familiar with Sark. He already signed 3 top LDS athletes in his first class at SC, so Porter will fit right in!

Why would he want to play anywhere else?

Fight On!
St George, Utah

Can't wait to see this kid suit up for my Trojans.

Academics - Check
Winning Conference Championships - Check
Contending for Nat'l Championships - Check
Preparing for the NFL - Check

His family are HUGE BYU fans, so I'm sure they are pretty familiar with Sark. He already signed 3 top LDS athletes in his first class at SC, so Porter will fit right in!

Why would he want to play anywhere else?

ScooterZG
Star, ID

Message to both sides, BYU fans and Utah fans, regarding Gustin.

BYU Fans: Fact is, Bronco messed up big time on this one. He camped to BYU early and was expecting an offer, one didn't come. Why exactly, I'm not sure but at the time he was an unrated, largely unknown LB from little Salem Hills. Then he released his Junior film, which is impressive, and he blew up. Got offers from Utah and the rest of the Pac 12 and it spread like wildfire to the rest of the BCS conference. But by that time, the bridge had been burned with BYU.

Bronco made a big mistake, he could have locked Gustin up early. There are no moral or character issues or LB allotment problems, that's an excuse. Bronco or whomever was scouting him missed big time, so now BYU will try to save face by not offering at all.

Utah Fans: Gustin is not coming here. Period. It is apparent that his main goal is to win a National Championship...that wouldn't happen at either in-state school. He is SEC bound, so don't get the hopes up or crow over BYU.

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

btw...

I would love to see Porter choose to say home and choose the Utes. Coach Whitt has a long history of putting linebackers in the NFL.

Go Utes!

Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

I can't see this guy playing in-state. He wants a good education AND a shot at a title he needs to choose Stanford since they apparently have offered.

I would surely love it if this guy went to BYU, but that may not be in the cards. If he meets the standard offer him a baseball scholarship and use him as a dual athlete. Its not that hard to do when he is obviously great at both.

Blue Collar
Huntington, UT

Porter, go to the place that will make you the best man that you can be. I wish all the best, sounds like you have put the work in and deserve this opportunity . Good luck where ever you go kid.

WJCoug
South Jordan, Utah

Hoopcoach - Did you really say that??? And I am sure you know all the facts of what allegedly happened as well? Based on what I have heard it is questionable at best if the kid did anything wrong at all.

I am tired of this whole judging thing that goes on, as if we are "better" than those we choose to cast stones at. Unfortunately my kids have been subjected to it for years from neighbors, church leaders, and others. I never dreamed that as a father I would have to deal with the self-righteous judgments made by selfish, self-serving individuals who know none of the facts. The impact on a couple of my kids has been devastating - but that's a discussion for another day.

I hope Bronco comes around and offers this kid, though at this juncture I am not sure that he would give BYU the time of day. Can only hope that Bronco knows what he is doing.

truthsandwich
RANDOLPH, UT

@BlueCollar

"Porter, go to the place that will make you the best man that you can be"

Or just pick a good school and make yourself the best man you can be.

311ute
Reno, NV

Hoopcoach is a great example of why BYU is so disliked by so many. As someone who grew up in Utah and has spent many years in other places, there is nothing like the judgement that comes so quickly from a few individuals in a certain Utah based faith. This is not to say everyone is that way, there are far more awesome people than not but it's the ones like Hoopcoach that make the others look bad.

Not offering a 4 * stud linebacker who grew up wanting to go to your institution is beyond insane. Even if the kid did have some issues in the past, does that disqualify him from attending your school?

If I were a BYU fan, I would be outraged.

PhilRM
Anchorage, AK

"How in the world has Bronco not offered this kid. He'd commit to them, he's already stated that if they'd offered after camp he'd signed. How in the world do you not offer a 4 star linebacker a scholarship?"

Answer: Because Bronco lives in Utah Valley and knows the kind of competition this kid is playing against week in and week out: Payson, Juab, Wasatch, Provo, Spanish Fork. These aren't exactly top Texas, Southern Cal, or Southeast United States powerhouse schools. Lets see how he stacks up against talent from these areas of the country before we start lauding this kid.

zmillion2
West Jordan, UT

@Utah fans...
Why you keep bringing up Whit and Sitake is a bad bargaining chip as everyone that isn't a Ute fan can see that Whit will be gone by the time this kid is in college. Also Sitake will most likely be shown the door as well if Whit is fired. All the better for us Cougs, as Whit and Sitake will both probably be in BYU Polo's when he's playing in college.

@BYU fans...
I don't see us offering him a scholarship this late in the process though. It's clear at this point that out of his childhood love and respect for the Y that a scholarship offer would simply be sentimental for him. I do believe we have burned the bridge.

zmillion2
West Jordan, UT

@U-PAC...
He himself stated that he is a BYU fan. I don't know of anyone who drove from Idaho to Utah to see the Cougs play other than a BYU fan.

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