Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips outside linebacker Phillip Amone spent Thursday and Friday on campus at Brigham Young. The 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker loved every second of the visit, culminating with his commitment to the Cougars.
"When I first got there, it was a good vibe and they took me on a personal tour for a few hours around the campus," Amone said. "I didn't learn much about the football team during that time, more about the school and that was cool. I was on campus all day Thursday and I got to meet with some of the coaches."
"Friday was the camp and they wanted to see me run around and do some one-on-ones and drills," Amone added. "They liked what they saw and they gave me the offer. I just felt really good about it and gave them my commitment."
Amone said the decision was a simple one for him, especially from the interest and affection he was shown during his time on campus.
"Even from the time I got there, I felt good that they were going to offer because they said if I came out it was likely going to happen," Amone said. "Once I got there, I felt really good about it. They just showed me a lot of interest, made me feel really wanted. Coach (Bronco) Mendenhall got really fired up. It just made me feel good."
The visit wasn't the only reason why Amone felt BYU was the right place for him.
"A lot of different factors played into it," Amone said. "I am a member of the Mormon Church, and BYU is kind of based on that. So that played a big factor. My parents really liked BYU. It just felt good, a good environment with good people and good coaches."
As for on the football field, Amone likes the way in which linebackers coach Paul Tidwell intends to use him on defense.
"Coach Tidwell said he likes the way I play and how I get to the ball," Amone said. "He said I would fit into their defense well, especially with my intensity and different things I bring to the table."
Amone chose BYU over an offer from Florida Atlantic. He said he is 'pretty firm' in his decision but may still participate in some other camps this summer simply to hone his skills.