BYU offers second junior college receiver

Nick Kurtz

BYU already extended one scholarship offer out to a junior college receiver in Tim White, and now Coach Mendenhall has extended another offer to a junior college wide receiver from the state of California.

His name is Nick Kurtz and he's literally a big receiver prospect from Grossmont Community College.

"I'm 6'5" and a half and probably 6'6" with shoes," Kurtz said. "I weigh around a solid 205 pounds. If I eat good that day I come in at around 208.

"I love playing receiver and I love what I do. I love training to be a receiver and I love mastering what I do. I love lining up knowing that I'm going to beat the cornerback or beat the press. I like coming out of my breaks strong and all that stuff. People think that if you're a big receiver you just want the jump ball, but really I like running good routes and all that stuff."

Kurtz feels his size, speed and route running are his strengths as a receiver.

"I can use my size if I want to, but I want to have more than great size to give me an advantage," said Kurtz. "I want to [show] good speed to sell the deep routes to be able to come back on short routes. I then want to have good route running so I can sell the double routes or get open for the shorter routes. There's more a receiver can do if he has more than just size. He can use other aspects of his game to complement size to create that much more of a mismatch. I like to try and be complete."

Kurtz played his high school football at Valhalla High School not too far from Grossmont Junior College. He graduated in 2011 and took a year off before playing his first year during the 2012 season.

"I was just hoping I could just get on the Grossmont football program and just get some playing time. I never dreamed I would have all these colleges coming after me. Now I've got all these coaches coming after me and people calling me and all that. It's just been a crazy and exciting experience for me."

Having played one year, Kurtz will play this next season and then have three years to play two at the Division I level.

"I graduated in 2011 and took the fall semester off. I had to work and get a car and I was just training and was a part-time student in spring, so my clock hasn't started yet and this past season was really my first year as a full-time student."

Kurtz didn't do too badly during his first year of college football.

"I had 49 catches for 697 yards," he said. "I also had 10 touchdowns."

He's received a number of Division I offers, with more to possibly come.

"I have offers from Akron and then from Illinois after that," Kurtz said. "After that I got an offer from Utah State and then Kentucky. Then today I got an offer from BYU. I'm really excited with the interest I'm getting. Then as far as interest goes, I know Texas Tech is really close to offering. I know Kansas was just down here watching."

Kurtz is excited about being offered by the Cougars.

"Yeah, the BYU offer, that's really special man," said Kurtz. "It's a real healthy and friendly type of community and that's the type of person that I am. I'm not Mormon or anything but I really like that kind of community, and, you know, they like to throw the ball a lot over there. I plan on taking a look at the campus probably after this semester. I plan on taking my visits before the season starts just so I can have a good idea of where I want to go."

BYU senior receiver Cody Hoffman is poised to break just about ever receiving record at BYU this upcoming season. Kurtz has seen what Hoffman has been able to do and knows that he could be that type of a receiver in BYU's system after Hoffman graduates.

"They have a receiver over there that is really, really good," said Kurtz. "I've been watching some Cody Hoffman film and seeing how they use him in that offense over there. He's done some good things and I really like the way he plays. I've checked out his tape and seeing how they might use me in a similar way. I'm really intrigued by BYU."

The BYU coach that has evaluated Kurtz has been Coach Nick Howell.

"Coach Howell is the one that initially reached out and started to recruit me," said Kurtz. "We always talk about the school and the community. We talk about what the school and program can do for me and what I can do for the program. He talks about how they're going to use me within the offense and things like that."

Kurtz is attracted to the environment at BYU and the type of people found there.

"The more I've learned and heard about BYU, the more I've become intrigued by it," he said. "I'm not a big party kind of guy and I don't do the type of things that's required [to be avoided] to even get looked at by BYU anyways. I want to go to a place where I can just focus on school and football. I'm not interested in all that other stuff that goes on at colleges because it just becomes a distraction.

"I just want to be a part of team where they have rockin' fans rockin' the stadium. We don't really get that at the JUCO level. I want to be a part of a team that's close and like a family. I'm really excited about being a part of a team that's really close and like a family."

Kurtz is familiar with the high academic standards found at BYU and takes his schooling seriously.

"I have a 3.7 GPA, so academics is important to me. I'm going to be the first in the Kurtz family to even get an associates degree," he said. "My family is just really proud of that, so just to be able to go to college and be able to get a bachelor degree in whatever field I want to study will just make them even more proud."

Kurtz knows what he wants to major in when he gets to his new college.

"I plan on doing kinesiology, and that's what I want to study when I go to college," said Kurtz. "It's a study of the muscles and things like that. I also would like to end up being a football coach myself when it's all said and done. When I get my degree, I want to go into coaching because I want to stay connected to football somehow. That's what I want to end up doing."

Kurtz likes the fact that he could have the opportunity to play right away at BYU.

"BYU is going to take one or two receivers for my class, and that's important to know because when you're a junior college player you don't have a whole lot of time to sit on the bench waiting your time to see the field," Kurtz said. "I don't want to sit behind a bunch of players hoping that I can see the field at some time. I won't have a lot of time, so the situation has to be right as well. It's something you have to consider."

All in all, Kurtz is excited to have been offered by the Cougars on Monday.

"I gave Coach Mendenhall a call today and that's when he offered me the scholarship," said Kurtz. "He was actually at the airport and about to hop on a flight, so they had to squeeze me in on a conversation before he boarded his plane. He said he liked me and saw my film and wants me to come out there and visit the campus to see if BYU is really a good fit for me or not. I just feel so special and all I can really say is I feel blessed. I was excited and was really happy. For someone who wants to pay for my schooling to come out there to play football makes me really happy. Like I said, I'm really excited and intrigued by BYU."

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