Printed on: February 08, 2013

Pearson headed to BYU

By Michael Lycklama
mlycklama@postregister.com

Blackfoot High School senior wide receiver Colby Pearson always wanted to play Division I football. And Sunday, he made that dream come true, verbally committing to a preferred walk-on offer from BYU on his official visit.

Pearson chose to walk on at BYU over the same offer from Boise State and a full-ride scholarship from Idaho State.

"I've always dreamed of being a Division I guy," Pearson said. "I think I have a pretty good chance of earning a scholarship if I go there and work hard. And I've always wanted to play for BYU."

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Pearson started both ways for Blackfoot for three seasons and played in three 4A state title games, winning two. He's a three-time first-team member of the Post Register's All-Area team and was named to the All-Idaho first team as a wide receiver and a defensive back as both a junior and a senior.

He led eastern Idaho with 74 receptions and 1,260 receiving yards while adding 16 touchdowns as a senior year to lead Blackfoot to its second straight state title and fourth in six years. He finished his high school career with 197 receptions for 3,338 yards and 41 TDs.

Pearson will join BYU in camp this summer and said he may go on a mission in the future. But he's focused on earning his spot on the roster.

If Pearson earns a scholarship, he would follow in the footsteps of 2008 Blackfoot graduate JC Percy, who walked on at Boise State after not receiving a single scholarship offer. The linebacker then earned a scholarship and led BSU in tackles as a junior and senior.