Most American Fork High School seniors who will be attending Brigham Young University in the fall of 2019 have received their letters of acceptance by now.
But Devin Downing, the 6’2, 175-pound Caveman wide receiver, is a year ahead of everyone else. Though he is just a junior, he received an offer Wednesday to attend BYU in 2020.
Devin told the Citizen he plans on serving an LDS mission when he graduates from American Fork High School, so he wouldn’t be playing for BYU until 2022. Still, playing college football has always been a dream of his.
“It was an honor to represent American Fork High School as our team progressed to the State championship game last year, and I appreciate the support from the community!” Devin said. “Playing football in college has always been a dream for me and I’m so grateful for the chance to make it a reality!”
The Citizen was first to report last month that his teammate, quarterback Boone Abbott, would commit to the University of Hawaii.
If Devin accepts the offer, he will join another Caveman wide receiver at BYU, Chase Roberts. Chase was the top receiver in Class 6A, ranking in the top-eight in Utah history for receiving yards in a single season. Devin and Chase are among the closest of friends on and off the field and have fed off each other’s success.
During the overtime victory game against Bingham that qualified American Fork for the State championship last November, Devin had 11 catches for 162 yards.
On the final offensive play in overtime, he snagged a perfectly thrown back-shoulder fade pass with his left arm in the end zone, giving the Cavemen the lead for good.
And did we mention he is just a junior?