On Thursday, April 3, Boise State offered Salem Hills quarterback/linebacker Porter Gustin a football scholarship.
A week ago, Cal followed suit. Last Sunday, USC got in the mix. And just this past Wednesday, the University of Utah officially made an offer to Gustin.
It’s all part of what could be called scholarship week. Not a bad seven-day span but if that wasn’t impressive enough, Florida State has now made it 26 official Division I offers for Gustin, who has become one of Utah’s hottest football recruits.
Oddly enough the school closest to Porter is not one of them. BYU has shown interest in Gustin, but the Cougars have not offered a scholarship and now it looks like BYU will not have a shot at the 6-5, 237 pound junior.
“We made a visit to BYU in December and talked to the coaching staff with the intention of committing to BYU if they had offered, but they said they were over their scholarship allotment for linebackers,” said John Gustin, Porter’s father. “That’s fine, that’s part of the process so we parted ways and now that’s not an option.”
Porter plans on serving an LDS church mission following his senior year and is expected to be ready to play in the 2017 season.
BYU’s crowded scholarship situation at linebacker is based on the projections for the 2017 season.
Gustin started at quarterback last year for Salem Hills. He played in five games injuries cut his season short. He passed for 1,248 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions. One of this favorite targets was his older brother Gunnar, who led the state in touchdown receptions with 17.
He also ran for 260 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns.
On defense, he had 67 tackles, two sacks and an interception.
What make’s Porter so attractive to colleges is his strength, athleticism and versatility.
“The thing that makes him an elite athlete and someone so many colleges are interested is his ability to play so many different positions,” said Salem Hills coach Joel Higginson. “He can play six different positions on defense and three on offense.”
Porter has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.67. He has a 33-inch vertical leap and his max on the bench press is 330 pounds.
LSU likes Porter as a quarterback. Wisconsin thinks he would make a dominant tight end. Utah believes he would blossom as a linebacker or defensive end.
Schools like Louisville, Cal, Washington, Utah State, Wyoming, Oregon State and Arizona State just want him.
The position Porter plays isn’t a factor driving his decision.
“I’ve always been a defensive guy my whole life but the position I play isn’t much of a factor,” Porter said. “What I’m looking for is to help a team win a conference championship and have a chance at a national championship at a school where I can get a good education and the coaching staff can help me reach my potential.”
Gustin, who is rated as a four-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com, said he plans on waiting to see what all his options are before he makes his decision.
See video highlights of Gustin here.