Can BYU Really Get the Nation's 2011 Top WR Recruit, Kasen Williams?
A year after producing the nations top QB recruit, Jake Heaps, Skyline High School's five star recruit Kasen Williams is the top receiver recruit in the country according to Scout.com.
He has offers from Alabama, Boise State, California, Florida, Notre Dame, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Washington and BYU, among others.
It would probably be much easier to list the key national recruiting powers that haven't given him a scholarship offer.
So why BYU?
Incoming BYU QB Jake Heaps had an incredible rapport with Williams at Skyline. Williams might decide he wants to continue that, while also going to a receiver friendly offense and a school that has proven to be able to get kids into the NFL.
As a BYU fan myself, it would be beyond awesome to see him come to BYU—as long as he really understood what he was getting into. It would be a complete culture shock.
BYU isn't a bad place at all for a future NFL wide receiver to develop, just ask Austin Collie.
If Williams really is as talented as he is touted to be, and Austin Collie can put up 100 catches, 1500 yards and 15 TDs in one season, what could Kasen Williams do?
With Heaps at the helm in this kind of offense, Kasen Williams might be able to put up Michael Crabtree (2007) type numbers. He very well might challenge 2000 yards and 20 TDs.
Another thing to consider is his chances of starting as a freshman. If he went to USC, he might be their fourth or fifth option. At BYU he would have a much greater chance to start and get more playing time as a true freshman.
BYU has more NFL alumni than any school in the "West" except USC. Its definitely a more than solid option to prove oneself to the pro scouts. The Mountain West may very well be a BCS conference soon, or BYU may move to the Big 12 or Pac-10.
Also, BYU is one of the top undergraduate institutions in the United States. US News and World Report claimed that it was the "most popular" university in the United States, based on the fact that "78 percent of students who were accepted chose to attend. Harvard finished a close second, with 76 percent of accepted students opting to attend."
The main hangup would be the inevitable culture shock.
BYU is 98.5 percent LDS, 87 percent Caucasian, and less than one percent of its 30,000 students are African-American (BYU Demographics Department, Fall 2009).
BYU is a private university, owned and operated by the LDS church. Anyone who goes there is expected to follow the honor code—which strictly prohibits alcohol, illicit drugs, premarital sex, and even coffee.
If following such a code fits within Kasen's lifestyle, then he would be able to feel comfortable coming to BYU. It would still likely be a huge culture shock, but it might very well be worth it.
Kasen Williams highlights are below:
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