All-American defensive end Bernard Afutiti found a way out of junior college summer limbo.
It's a place juco players on their way to a Division I programs find themselves in summertime. It features missing transcripts, absent community college personnel on vacations, backup workers unable to function, phones that ring without human voices on the other end, professors that haven't posted grades or filed final papers, closed doors and an endless chain of frustration.
Bernard found a way to cut through all the tape and spent his first week in BYU's football camp after missing the initial week of two a days.
He's lucky. His teammate at Mount San Antonio, Utah-bound All-America receiver Aiona Key, has missed his second week of Kyle Whittingham's camp, and inquiries about his status, just like Afutiti that first week in Provo, are becoming a soap opera.
A third Afutiti teammate, Kevin Craft, is already vying for a starting spot at UCLA after Ben Olson injured his foot more than a week ago.
So, what gives?
"It's just very, very difficult to get things done," said BYU recruiting coordinator Paul Tidwell. "Sometimes people simply are not around to push things through at some of these junior colleges, it's summer and they're on vacations. Their timetable isn't the same as the timetable for the athlete."
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