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January 16, 2013With all of the coaching changes that have happened since the New Year there have been some recruits that have lost interest and some that have gained interest. A recruit can't be much more consistent in his interest or solidly committed to a program than Addison Pulsipher is to the Cougars. The coaching staff must know this, because as of Monday evening he still hadn't spoken with Coach Anae since his hiring.
"I actually talked to him while he was at Arizona, he was recruiting me from there. He came down and I talked to him for a while, so I've met with him before. He came down here this time last year, we talked on the phone a little bit and talked back and forth a few times. It's kind of ironic that he recruited me from Arizona and now he's my coach.
"One thing he did tell me, he said 'you're a BYU boy, that's where I think you belong. But it'd be great to see you at Arizona.' Yeah, he told me my personality would fit BYU, and BYU would be a great fit for me."
"I liked him, it's easy to have a conversation with him, I talked small talk with him because we had the church in common and missions and stuff like that."
"With Weber, I loved the man, it's sad to see him go, and I wish the best for him. It's real sad to see him go, I really liked the guy. He's a fun guy and I was looking forward to being a player under him, but I'm also looking forward to being a player under coach Anae. I really liked Weber, he was the recruiting coordinator for Southern California so I've known him since he came to BYU. He recruited my brothers so I've known him for a long time."
Addison is not one to switch allegiances, as David Lassen pointed out in this article: http://www.pe.com/sports/high-school/hsg-sports/hsg-football/hsg-football-headlines/20130108-football-pulsipher-continues-family-legacy-at-temecula-valley.ece, so he remained on a high school football team that only finished 1-9, but his Riverside County team was able to win in the Inland Empire All-Star Classic football game.
"I played left tackle and long snapper and it was a lot of fun to play with a bunch of talent, everyone was good on that team. It was a little different than our high school team, our high school team wasn't the greatest, we went 1-9. It was disappointing but I did well, I was first team All-League and first team All-Valley, which was a pretty cool honor. The All-Star game was a county game, it was Riverside vs San Bernadino. I think there were about 120 schools between the two counties."
To put that into perspective there are 187 public high schools in the state of Utah, and about 60 high schools in the Utah 4A and 5A classifications combined.
"I got second team all-league on defense and I only played about a quarter per game. The other coaches said that just having me in made it so that they had to game-plan for everything and they couldn't run to my side, they had to switch all of the pass protections."
Last time CougarNation talked to Addison he had recently gained about 35 pounds of muscle for a 40 pound weight gain to get up to 255-pounds. Now that he has had a season to play at his new weight, he still feels just about as fast, and even feels quicker than he was before. "I didn't lose much speed at all, I kept it up and felt quicker and more powerful with it. I still have plenty of room to gain still and keep up my speed."
"I talked to Coach Omer, and he said that if I come in at 260 then I should be perfectly fine. Come in at 260 and they'll put me where they want me."
With Anae and Tujague's offensive line being a little low in numbers, it will be interesting to see if the new coaching staff encourages Addison to come in at a heavier weight, and ready to contribute as a true freshman. Up to this point, Addison has been planning on greyshirting this first year.
"I felt the coaches left it up to the kids to decide when they wanted to go on a mission, I was expecting them to say that they wanted me to go now, or go later. They completely left it open and asked me when I wanted to go. Since I'm young, I'm still 17 and I don't turn 18 until October of next year, I'm going to go for a semester. They still haven't told me yet if I'm going to redshirt or greyshirt, it all depends on how many JUCO O-Linemen they got. But with the missionary age change I'm going to be leaving a year earlier than I would have otherwise."
If the Cougars do call Addison's number to contribute as a true freshman, expect this 17 year old "BYU boy" to show that he is now a BYU man.