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Jan 7 2012 - 5:20pm

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Fremont High's  Nick Vigil
Fremont High's  Nick Vigil

PLAIN CITY -- After playing in two consecutive state 5-A championship games, the Silver Wolves' Nick Vigil has turned the page on his football career.

The 18-year-old Vigil has verbally committed to Utah State University, where he is hopeful of playing this fall with his older brother, Zack.

"Zack, a wideout and free safety, will be a redshirt sophomore at Utah State. I wanted the chance to play with Zack," Vigil said. "I like the coaches at Utah State and it's close to home. Coach (Gary) Andersen has them going in the right direction and that's where I want to play."

Vigil can't sign a letter of intent until February, but he has scheduled an official campus visit to Utah State on Jan. 16-17.

"I think I'm pretty set on where I want to play. Utah State is really the only place I wanted to go," Vigil said. "BYU was talking to me quite a bit, then Utah and Weber State."

Vigil, a running back and strong safety at Fremont, is being looked at by the Aggies as a safety.

"I like defense and you have a little more freedom there, so I'm excited about playing on that side of the ball," he said.

"I think they have recruited him as a safety at Utah State," Fremont coach Kory Bosgieter said. "As talented as Nick is and so gifted, he will fit in somewhere. He's going to be a big kid, and Nick has never had a full year in the weight room because of basketball."

During Vigil's three years, the Silver Wolves went 26-10 overall -- falling to Bingham and Lone Peak, respectively, in the 2010 and 2011 5-A championship games at the University of Utah -- sweeping back-to-back Region 1 titles in 2010 and 2011 with a composite 18-3 record.

Vigil has been selected the Standard-Examiner's 2011 All-Area Football Team Most Valuable Player. He also earned the same accolade for the 2010 high school football season.

"I think I progressed each year and got better, as our team did," Vigil said. "I was on the field quite a bit this year, and they took me off punt return to give me a rest. This was the first year I was a two-way starter. I had to get in better shape to play both ways, and it made me a better overall player."

Vigil rushed for 1,305 yards and 18 touchdowns on 211 carries despite missing 11aN2 games, and had 19 receptions for 224 yards and a touchdown. He also completed 4-of-6 passes for 24 yards and four touchdowns, had five kickoff returns for 116 yards and 1,745 all-purpose yards.

Vigil had 57 tackles, two interceptions -- returning one 100 yards for a touchdown -- a fumble recovery, three forced fumbles, one sack and 41aN2 tackles for loss for the Silver Wolves.

"How many dozen times did Nick drag the pile?" Bosgieter said. "He takes care of the ball and is not a fumbler. Nick is a great downhill runner -- a north-south runner who does a good job setting up his blocks -- and when he is not carrying the ball, he is a very effective blocker.

"Nick did a great job of being a vocal leader. He was a two-year team captain, as voted by his teammates," he said. "Bottom line, Nick is a tremendous all-around football player. It has an impact on you when he's not in there because of the respect he has from his teammates.

"As a coach, you have something when your best players are your hardest workers and that is not always the case. Nick is always working hard," Bosgieter said. "The biggest improvement he made toward our football team was his leadership. With all the success and awards Nick has received, he is first to credit his teammates.

"I'll tell you what, we'll miss this senior class like nobody's business," he said. "Nick is a high-character guy who is a good student, treats people right and just happens to be a good football player."

The only thing Vigil regrets about his high school career is not winning the state 5-A championship. He broke the metatarsal bone -- on the outside of his left foot -- in two places on Fremont's first third-quarter drive versus undefeated Lone Peak in the Nov. 18, 2011, game at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

"It was a bummer having to stand there and watch," Vigil said. "Lone Peak kind of had our number and was playing pretty well. I don't think we played our best football that day, but they had a heck of a team and a good game plan. (Quarterback) Chase Hansen is pretty darn good. He can run, has a strong arm and doesn't make many mistakes."

Vigil may have to undergo surgery if the metatarsal bone is not healing properly. After being in a cast and on crutches for three weeks, he is now in a walking boot.

The Knights capped a 14-0 season with a 41-21 victory over Fremont.

"Making the finals two years in a row is a great accomplishment and it would have been nice to win one," he said. "We played two really good teams in Bingham and Lone Peak."

"Our senior group had a good work ethic, and hopefully, that will continue. It was a combination of good players, good coaching and hard work."

Vigil says he will remember all the friends he made at Fremont and will always cherish those friendships.

"I want people to say I was a good person who worked hard, and treated people right and with respect."

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