As Azarcon got older, sports became important and he knew his passion was football, despite being a talented basketball player as well. Azarcon played football at Juan Diego High School in Draper, Utah, catching the eye of college coaches.
He was a two-time all-state and all-region cornerback for Juan Diego, earning first-team honors as a senior and leading his team to back-to-back state championships. While he knew college football was in his future, he also kept his never surrender mentality to go for what he wanted.
“I was always going to play college football, it was just a matter of where,” he said. “I was recruited by some smaller schools, but I was still pretty hardheaded in high school. I was going to play for a big time, Division I program and nothing else was ever an option back then.”
Azarcon’s dream came true when Utah’s defensive coordinator, Morgan Scalley, offered him a preferred walk-on spot with the Utes. That offer, like everything else in his life, has helped him push himself even more.
“I fully believe that I should be a scholarship player, but that’s not up to me,” Azarcon said. “It drives me to work that much harder and compete in everything with a chip on my shoulder.”
“My best friends and teammates, Javelin Guidry and Jaylen Dixon were huge in helping through it all,” he said. “Blood couldn’t make us any closer, so it was like I had two more brothers helping me deal with everything. Coach Scalley and the staff were always available for me and I knew they were all by my side.”
When Azarcon looks back at his decision to come to the U., one thing sticks out above others, especially when he thinks of losing his brother.
“I wanted to come to the U. because Coach Scalley gave me an opportunity that no other coach was willing to,” he said. “I wanted to play for a coach that was straight up, and also treated me like one of his own children. He coaches and lives with a chip on his shoulder, and he’s instilled that in me as well.”
“I used to have an attitude where I thought I deserved things or things would be given to me because of a certain position I held and he completely wiped that mentality out of my head. He has taught me that everything in this world must be earned, not given. He taught me to always be hungry.”
“Scalley taught me to always be on the prowl for ways to improve – both on the field and in my personal life. He always tells us that in order to be great or recognized, you must add more value than you receive in payment. I take that quote to heart and feel that as a walk-on, this is the attitude you must have.”