Getting to know incoming BYU football commit, Will Zundel (WR, Class of 2021)

Will Zundel is a BYU football commit for the Class of 2021, making a verbal commitment on January 14, 2021. 

Zundel is a 6-foot-5 220 pound receiver that prepped at American Fork High School (American Fork, Utah).  In seven games as a senior he had 20 receptions for 433 yards (21.7 avg) and three touchdowns. He also returned one kickoff 98 yards for a score and one punt return for 5 yards (MaxPreps). He has improved on his 4.6 forty, 260 pound bench, and 380 pound squat (HUDL) with a reported 4.49 forty, 315 bench, and 5 squat reps at 350.

Zundel had a lot of interest in his recruiting and ended up turning down a scholarship offer to Southern Virginia to join BYU as a preferred walk-on.  Zundel will serve an LDS mission in Luanda, Angola and return to join the team for the 2023 season.

I caught up with Zundel to ask him about his recruiting.

BYU Insider: Why did you choose BYU?

Zundel:  Because I have a long family history at the school.  My parents went there, my grandfather taught there, and I have plenty of relatives that attended and/or played sports at BYU.  BYU has always been a goal of mine and I have been working to be there and play there since I was a kid.  With those years of constant work to get where I am, I felt like a perfect fit at BYU.

BYU Insider: What other schools were showing you love in the recruiting process?

Zundel:  I talked with plenty of other schools from around the country.  Some big, some small.  I definitely got the most love from BYU, especially during the season.  I received constant texts, graphics, and videos before my games each week. 

BYU Insider: What are some of your favorites?

Zundel:  My favorite movie is The Emperor’s New Groove.  My favorite book is the Book of Mormon.  My favorite band has to be the Bee Gees, and I love any music I can sing along to.  My favorite breakfast cereal is Malt-O-Meal brand Coco Crispies. 

BYU Insider: What is one of your greatest accomplishment in sports?

Zundel:  We upset the no.1 seed as the 16th seed in the state playoffs. 

BYU Insider: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Zundel:  “You can do anything you put your mind to.”  I also love “act with positive discontent” meaning you are happy with where you are and what you have done, but you know you can work to be better.

BYU Insider: Who is a current player that you seek to emulate on the field?

Zundel:  Tom Brady.  Nothing can stand in his way.  Physically and as a player I seek to emulate DK Metcalf.

BYU Insider: Is there anything else you’d like Cougarfans to know about you?

Zundel:  I’m a preferred walk-on but I intend to work hard and receive a scholarship soon after I start playing.  I leave July 12th 2021 on my mission to Luanda, Angola.  Finally, I plan to work nonstop to be the best football player and best person I can be.  Cougar Nation, you will know my name. 

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Tyler Christensen is a teacher, sports writer, speaker, and ultra-marathon runner. He is the founder of BYU Insider, D1 Recruiting, Virtual School Assembly, and After the Run. When he's not writing or speaking, he's spending time at home in southern Utah with his amazing wife and four children.