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BYU announces two mid-year football signings
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One was expected, while the other was a bit of a surprise. BYU announced Wednesday morning that it has signed two football players who will enroll in January. The first, and expected, signee was Nick Kurtz, a wide receiver from Grossmont (Calif.) College in El Cajon who committed to the Cougars a while ago and withstood advances from USC, LSU, Oregon and others to stick with that commitment to BYU. The second is defensive back Michael Shelton, a senior at Wakefield High in Raleigh, N.C., who is graduating early. Kurtz signed an NLI with BYU and Shelton signed what the school is calling a "scholarship agreement" as a high school senior and mid-year enrollee. "Nick and Michael are both great athletes and excellent football players," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said in a statement. BYU coaches are hoping to fill the void created by the departure of all-time leading receiver Cody Hoffman. Kurtz is taller than Hoffman, at 6-foot-6, but not quite as sturdy, at just 205 pounds. He attended Valhalla High before playing the past two years at Grossmont. He is the No. 4 receiver and No. 22 overall juco prospect in the land, according to Rivals.com, and had more than a dozen scholarship offers. Kurtz caught 18 touchdown passes and produced 1,301 receiving yards at Grossmont the past two seasons, with a single-game high of 174 receiving yards. He will enter BYU as a junior, but will have three years to play two because he did not redshirt at Grossmont. Shelton is a 5-foot-8, 170-pounder who played on both sides of the ball in high school, cornerback and receiver. His team went 11-2 last season. Shelton has recorded a 4.43 time in the 40-yard dash and a 38-inch vertical leap. He made three interceptions on defense and caught 20 passes for 277 yards on offense in 2013. He is also a track star, achieving gold-medal status in the U.S. Track and Field Junior Olympic Championships in the 800 meters.

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