Aug 30, 2012; Provo, UT, USA; A general view after a kick-off during the third quarter of a game between the Brigham Young Cougars (left) and Washington State Cougars (right) at Lavell Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

2014 BYU Football Newcomers: Adam Pulsipher

Leading up to Fall Camp at the end of the month, here at Lawless Republic we will be giving you a daily glimpse at the signees and return missionaries that will be part of the 2014 BYU Football team.

Adam Pulsipher

Temecula, CA | Temecula Valley High School

6-2 | 230 | LB

Before BYU:

Probably one of the smartest men you’re going to find on BYU’s team. Pulsipher had a 4.2 GPA in high school. Because of Pulsipher’s academia prowess, Pulsipher had offers from Ivy schools and interest from Stanford.

Pulsipher played both sides of the ball for Temecula Valley as a wide receiver, and of course linebacker. Pulsipher was one of the top middle linebackers in southern California; was a MLB MVP at a Nike Camp in 2010. Received an offer from BYU prior to his senior year in high school and committed to BYU shortly after.


Pulsipher embodies the look of a 3-4 middle linebacker in BYU’s scheme. A natural at stopping the run. What he lacks is pass coverage and elite top-end speed. Smart athlete who moves well sideline to sideline, and has a nose for the football.

Expectations in 2014: Redshirt

Pulsipher greyshirted in 2011, and then went on a mission for two years in Chile. It’s going to take a few seasons for Pulsipher to crack the two-deep due to the number of talented players that are in the program right now. Need to absorb the program for a full season and improve his speed.

Potential in BYU career: The next Brandon Ogletree?

Pulsipher reminds in many ways of former BYU linebacker, Brandon Ogletree. Tough minded middle linebacker who started to gain some recruiting buzz prior to his senior year of high school, and eventually went on to have a productive career as a starter at BYU. I could see Pulsipher’s career at BYU playing out very similar to that of Ogletree. Ogletree didn’t start at BYU until the later part of his career. I would expect the same from Pulsipher. Once he’s a junior, expect him to finally become a starter in the middle of BYU’s 3-4 defense.

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