James Empey is on top of this whole recruiting thing. He doesn't do much procrastinating and there's certainly no complacency. The American Fork (Utah) offensive guard lists four scholarship offers and has already toured the campuses of all of them.
Trips to Utah, Utah State, Boise State and Washington are already in the books. But the fact that Empey has seen all of his options in person doesn't mean he's ready to name a frontrunner. Apparently, there's more reflection to be done.
"I'm still trying to figure out the favorite," Empey said. "Education is important. I'm looking at the atmosphere of the school. Also, if the coaches are cool. That's important."
Empey attended Utah State's spring game last weekend in a return trip to the campus he has visited most often. And while he's already plenty familiar with the lay of the land there, this trip provided added details.
"I've been there a bunch of times because it's pretty close to me," Empey said. " We watched the spring game and walked though the facilities. They talked to us about what they do. It was a regular junior day thing.
The most recent offer on Empey's list comes from Boise State, which made things official in person during the program's junior day a few weeks ago. It's an offer that is strongly under consideration, even if the offensive lineman stays away from sharing strong opinions.
According to Empey, he is done taking visits this spring but may travel a little this summer before turning his attention toward making a verbal commitment.
"I've been entertaining the idea of committing before the season, so I know where I'm going to be playing going into my senior season," Empey said.
A 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect, Empey was part of an American Fork team that finished the season with a 6-4 record a season ago.