BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
BOUNTIFUL – Darren Denucci went through a “really crazy” recruiting process, but he’s decided to play relatively close to home next season.
The former Bountiful High School lineman will play for the Nevada Wolfpack when the college football season starts in August. Though he can’t officially sign until then, he’s excited to be able to play football for a Division I school.
“Nevada stood out because (of) their great coaches,” he said. “Coach (Brian) Polian just came from Texas A&M and really knows what he’s doing. He runs things a lot like Coach (Tyler) Hughes at Snow; he’s very business-like.”
Denucci had a rash of offers early on, including from schools such as the University of Southern Mississippi, Georgia State, Wyoming and others, but announced only recently.
“Playing time is definitely a big factor, especially when you’re a junior college player,” he said. “No one comes to recruit you and sit you for a year when you’re a junior college player. They expect you to be ready, to step right into the offense and go.”
It didn’t hurt, however, that Reno isn’t far from his home in Bountiful.
“My parents are ecstatic for me,” he said. “They’ve done so much for me and this was the plan we had from last year when I was training at Snow. All the hard work so far has made this (decision) worth it.”
As far as academic goals, Denucci is hoping to become a coach himself someday, and hopes that he’ll be able to do so as a Graduate Assistant.
Playing at the next level isn’t out of the question either.
“I want to make everyone proud and hopefully make my ultimate dream come true,” he said. “Playing in the NFL (National Football League) would be great, but until then, I’m going to be getting ready for the upcoming season.”
Another Bountiful football player will also play college football at the Division I level in the fall. Rylee Gautavai, who led the team in tackles the past two seasons, will play for BYU.