Recruiting: The Kurtz Way Leads to BYU

One of the top junior college prospects in the country committed to BYU today.  Nick Kurtz a 6-6 wide receiver from Grossmont College became the 13th commitment of the 2014 class.

Kurtz was one of BYU’s top targets for the 2014 class.  In Kurtz’ freshman season at Grossmont, Kurtz hauled in 46 passes for 697 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Kurtz held offers from Oregon, Kentucky, Kansas State, Kansas, Texas Tech, and a handful of others.  Speaking of Texas Tech, Kurtz was the recruit that Denver Broncos WR, Wes Welker, was trying to lure to Welker’s alma matter in Lubbock.  Apparently the pitch from an NFL standout wasn’t good enough compared to the experience Kurtz had at BYU back in June on an official visit.

This is an important commitment for BYU.  Cody Hoffman will obviously be graduating after this season and the Cougars will be looking to fill his shoes with another playmaker at WR.  Kurtz could fill that role nicely.

Rated as the 36th best JUCO prospect in 2014 by 24/7 Sports, Kurtz alongside Ross Apo and Mitch Mathews could be a playmaking WR core in 2014.  Then you add Arizona prep standout, Josh Weeks, and Dylan Collie to the mix in 2015.

Huge week for BYU on the recruiting trail for the 2014 class.  The off-season additions of Geoff Martzen and the offensive coaches are paying huge dividends for this program.  It’s great to see BYU being a strong player in the JUCO scene again.  A lot of the credit with JUCO recruits has to go to offensive line coach, Garrett Tujague.  Tujague has been a recruiting ace for landing JC kids to Provo.

Tujague even had a celebratory, subtle tweet about the Kurtz news this afternoon.  Obviously Tujague can’t comment directly about Kurtz due to NCAA recruiting rules and policies.

Kurtz like Cedric Dale who committed yesterday is non-LDS and was attracted to BYU by its “straight-forward” ways.

We will be discussing more about Kurtz and Cedric Dale on this week’s Cougar Center Podcast.  Will be up Wednesday morning.

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