PLEASANT HILL, Calif. — Sometimes things work out for the best. That’s how recent BYU commit De’Ondre Wesley feels after a desire to commit to Arizona State fell through in the latter stages of the recruiting process.
Wesley is a 6-foot-7, 300 offensive tackle from Diablo Valley Junior College who originally committed to Utah in early September.
“My commit to Utah was soft and I told them that I’d continue to look around because it was so early,” Wesley explained. “I liked Utah, but I was always interested in other schools — especially Arizona State because that was the school I always wanted to play for growing up.”
Wesley was shown a lot of interest by the Sun Devils and was confident of an offer. In the meantime Utah decided not to wait on him and move on to other Junior College prospects.
When he learned that Arizona State did not have an offer available it was a huge blow.
“That was tough when I was told I couldn’t go there,” he said. “I mean, I loved the school, the football program — everything was perfect in my mind, so when I was told that it was a huge blow to me.”
Fortunately, for Wesley, BYU began recruiting him late in the process and offered him an official trip last weekend.
“I didn’t know much of anything about BYU and it’s different — real different, but in a good way,” he said. “The community there is so friendly and I seriously felt at home even though I’m not Mormon and all that.”
While on his trip he met the Cougar coaching staff and was explained the finer points of the BYU honor code.
“I love Coach (Garrett) Tujague and how he is,” Wesley said. “He’s sort of a ‘get-after-it’ type of guy that I like. I can’t wait to play for him and I really liked Coach Mendenhall and who he is.”
“I feel that BYU is the place that builds guys like me into great students and great people and I need that — everyone needs that, in my opinion,” he added. “I never thought I’d feel at home at a school like BYU or even want to go to a school like that, but I couldn’t be more excited. I really think it was meant to be with Arizona State and all that.”
Wesley will arrive at BYU this summer and immediately work to fill the open right tackle position for the 2013 season.