BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Wednesday the signings of wide receiver Nick Kurtz (Grossmont College in El Cajon, Calif.) and defensive back Michael Shelton (Wakefield High School in Raleigh, N.C.).
Both players plan to enroll at BYU in January. As a junior college player, Kurtz signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Cougars, while Shelton signed a scholarship agreement as a high school senior and mid-year enrollee.
“Nick and Michael are both great athletes and excellent football players,” Mendenhall said. “We look forward to having them join our program in January.”
One of the nation’s most sought-after JC players, Kurtz is a 6-foot-6, 205-pound receiver who attended Valhalla High School prior to two seasons at Grossmont College. The talented wideout comes to BYU as the fourth-rated receiver and No. 22 overall JC prospect in the country according to Rivals.com. Kurtz chose BYU among more than a dozen offers from programs including USC, Oregon and LSU.
With 4.5 speed and exceptional size, Kurtz produced 1,301 yards and 18 touchdowns in 18 games for Grossmont’s passing attack the past two seasons. He recorded six multi-touchdown games, including two three-TD outings, while totaling more than 100 yards on four occasions, including a single-game high of 174 yards. The four-star prospect (Rivals.com) averaged nearly 15 yards per catch while amassing 87 receptions overall.
See game film of Kurtz here:
Shelton is a 5-foot-8, 170-pound speedster who played both offense and defense at Wakefield High School in Raleigh, N.C. He played both receiver and cornerback on the football field while helping Wakefield earn an 11-2 record and advance into the state playoffs.
Known for his physical play and athleticism, Shelton has recorded a 4.43 time in the 40-yard dash and a vertical leap of 38 inches. He made a team-high three interceptions on defense while adding 20 receptions for 277 yards on the offensive side of scrimmage in 2013. He averaged 13.9 yards per catch and while scoring four touchdowns among his 20 catches.
In addition to football, Shelton has earned national accolades applying his talents in track and field, where he achieved gold-medal status in the United States Track and Field Junior Olympic Championships in the 800-meter race.
See Shelton’s game film here: