Pine View High School's (UT) Kody Wilstead received a scholarship offer to play football for BYU yesterday. BYU becomes Wilstead's 4th offer, Louisville, San Diego State, and Southern Utah were all already in the running for Wilstead's services. He also has interest from Boise State, Colorado, Texas, and Washington State. Wilstead is the 4th quarterback BYU has offered for 2015. Kimane Domena has already committed to play for the Cougars, Austin Kafentzis is commited to play for Wisconsin, and Travis Waller has yet to make his decision.
A 6-6, 210 pound quarterback, Wilstead is rated as a three-star prospect according to the 247sports composite. Wilstead is a big, athletic pocket passer with great vision. Wilstead threw for 4,395 yards and 36 touchdowns completing 62.4 percent of his passes during his junior year at Pine View. Wilstead led Pine View all the way to the Utah 3AA State Championship game last year, but came up short against Desert Hills.
I had the opportunity to catch up with Wilstead yesterday and he had this to say about the BYU and the offer, "I love the program, I grew up a BYU fan, and the coaches have been nothing but great to me and my family."
Interest in Wilstead has picked up since his visit to the Elite 11 regional in Southern California back in February. 247sports writer Brian Perroni had this to say about Wilstead's performance at the Elite 11:
The most impressive out-of-state prospect on Sunday, the 6-foot-6, 210-pound passer is a big presence in the pocket. He should have no trouble seeing over the offensive linemen at the next level. Wilstead also has a high release point without suffering any on the quickness of his delivery. He has a trio of offers already from Louisville, San Diego State and Southern Utah but will see that total increase this spring.
Wilstead is comfortable in a no-huddle offense since that is what he runs at Pine View, but he did mention that BYU has told him they would change their style to fit his own. An offense with Wilstead at the helm would likely feature a lot of passing and a lot fewer quarterbacks runs. According to freelance AP reporter, John Coon, Wilstead reminds Louisville's coaching staff of a very talented former Cardinal.
Louisville coaches compared Kody Wilstead's skill set to Teddy Bridgewater. If that's the case, #BYU could score big getting him to sign.— John Coon (@johncoonsports) April 16, 2014
I asked Wilstead about that comparison and he wasn't ready to compare himself to a soon-to-be first round draft pick, "Teddy is a great quarterback and those are big shoes to say I would fit into." When I asked him which quarterback he would compare himself based soley on style of play, he did say he felt his "pass first, but able to run" style was similar to Bridgewater's.
Wilstead plans to make his decision sometime during or shortly after football season. He plans on graduating high school in December, so he can leave on a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shortly after and return home in time for spring ball in 2017. Check out all of Wilstead's highlights on Hudl and this exciting play from last year's 3AA semifinal game.