PROVO — BYU’s latest commit, Garrett England, was very much an unknown commodity until proving his worth at three separate BYU camps and a camp at Utah this June. The 6-foot-3 defensive back prospect first caught the eye of BYU defensive backs coach Nick Howell during BYU’s junior day who asked the Skyline High School product to switch over from wide receiver to defensive back so he could work him out a bit.
“He worked me hard and I feel I did alright,” recalled England about the one-day camp in mid-June. “I always thought I’d play wide receiver in college, if I got the chance, but Howell gave me a lot of confidence playing defensive back.”
England was strongly encouraged to return to the High School 7-on-7 tournament and the weekly padded camp later in the month. England did as directed and was rewarded with a scholarship offer which he quickly accepted.
Following camp on Tuesday he received word that BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall would like to meet with him in his office. Although he had spoken briefly with Mendenhall beforehand, meeting with him one-on-one was something he wasn’t anticipating.
“When they told me he wanted to meet with me it just felt amazing,” said England. “I didn’t know if they’d offer me, but knowing that Coach Mendenhall wanted to meet with me personally — it was just really exciting.”
During the meeting the two of them discussed what BYU is as a program and as school. They read from the latest issue of LDS magazine with England feeling right in line with what BYU stands for.
Shortly after the meeting England was met with a scholarship offer which he quickly accepted.
“I love what BYU stands for and it’s what I want to stand for,” said England. “It’s more than just football at BYU and I love that. I love the atmosphere there and I love all the coaches. I really like Coach Howell and I’m very excited to have him as my position coach.”
England will grey-shirt for a season, which is to mean he’ll workout with the team, but not take part in any practice sessions or team meetings. He’ll then serve an LDS mission and receive his scholarship when he returns for the 2015 season.
“I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to play football at BYU,” said England. “I always cheered for BYU growing up and followed them, so this is really something I’ve wanted for a while and it’s just incredible.”