The Scholarship Alert is a tradition in college football, but usually it’s a training camp thing. August is the beginning of the school year, so it’s when the math is clearest on how many free scholarships are actually available. You usually don’t see this done in February.
And you usually see the player call Mom to inform her that he’s now on scholarship.
Kyle Whittingham and Utah, though, decided to flip the script on senior offensive lineman Kyle Lanterman.
His mom called in the middle of team huddle… to tell him he’s officially on scholarship.
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) February 28, 2019
Now in his fifth year in the program, Lanterman redshirted in 2015, then played exclusively on the scout team in 2016. He saw action in two games in 2017, playing all of four snaps against UCLA and an undetermined number in the Utes’ Heart of Dallas Bowl victory over West Virginia. As a junior in 2018, Lanterman appeared in six games and 34 total snaps.
And he did all of that while not only paying his own way, but paying out-of-state tuition to do so. He’s a native of Long Beach, Calif., but he doesn’t have to worry about tuition anymore because he’s now on scholarship.