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    Didnít see a thread.

    So how bad is it? It seems like we have a somewhat higher than normal percentage of three-stars but the class itself is small.

    How are the RMs and other transfers looking?
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    Quote Originally Posted by All-American View Post
    Didn’t see a thread.

    So how bad is it? It seems like we have a somewhat higher than normal percentage of three-stars but the class itself is small.

    How are the RMs and other transfers looking?
    He is a mission first guy, Conover is a big QB who turned down a bunch schools including Alabama.

    About 2019 newcomers:

    Chase Roberts will be an important player if BYU can hold off Utah. He's 6-4 and fast and could play right away.

    I'm not positive about his mission plans, but Blake Freeland played multiple positions including qb, he is 6-8 and 260. He'll likely be a lineman if BYU doesn't lose him to Utah or UCLA.

    Eli Unatoa is a nice prospect, he has a couple P5 offers. We missed out on his brother Mo, last year who went to Utah. Michael Daley has had a monster year and could start getting P5 attention if he's open to it. I think Keanu Hill and Ethan Erickson are both better than 2 stars.

    There are still several undecideds out there, especially at running back. I think this class will end being better than last year's, which turned out much better than its ranking.

    As far as RMs go,

    Jackson McChesney is lightening fast and would have gotten a lot of offers if he didn't shut down his recruitment so early. He could play WR, slot or runningback.

    Chaz Ah You is back and will help at DB or flash linebacker. Alema Pilimai should move back to linebacker after playing tight end his freshman. He was headed to Utah before Kalani was hired. He's a good athlete for sure.
    Tyler Batty and Preston Lewis are promising d ends. Ben Bywater and Keenan Pili could both develop into solid linebackers. Caden Haws from that school in Arkansas that never punts is back. He's undersived but I think he could leapfrog Jimenez to be the number 2 center next year. Seleti Fevaleaki will be another body on the dline. He picked BYU over Boise State.

    BYU is in the market for JUCO rbs and wrs, but they don't have any committed so far. D1 transfers are also a distinct possibility.

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    Nephi Sewell is transferring to BYU. Good for two reasons: 1: he is a 2 year starter at Nevada who played really well and 2: his little bro Noah is a stud with an offer list consisting of every who's who in college football.

    Aidan Robbins, a RB who is currently a Louisville commit, took an official visit to BYU last week and loved it. We have a good shot at him and he has stated that he is announcing big news tomorrow. Seems to bode well for our chances as staying committed to UL wouldn't seem to be big news. Fingers crossed, we could use him. He currently has offers from ACC, SEC and Big 10 schools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveCoug View Post
    Nephi Sewell is transferring to BYU. Good for two reasons: 1: he is a 2 year starter at Nevada who played really well and 2: his little bro Noah is a stud with an offer list consisting of every who's who in college football.

    Aidan Robbins, a RB who is currently a Louisville commit, took an official visit to BYU last week and loved it. We have a good shot at him and he has stated that he is announcing big news tomorrow. Seems to bode well for our chances as staying committed to UL wouldn't seem to be big news. Fingers crossed, we could use him. He currently has offers from ACC, SEC and Big 10 schools.
    Sewell will come in handy in 2020 when Troy Warner, Dayan G, Austin Lee, Austin Kafentzis and Isaiah Armstrong are all gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveCoug View Post
    Nephi Sewell is transferring to BYU. Good for two reasons: 1: he is a 2 year starter at Nevada who played really well and 2: his little bro Noah is a stud with an offer list consisting of every who's who in college football.

    Aidan Robbins, a RB who is currently a Louisville commit, took an official visit to BYU last week and loved it. We have a good shot at him and he has stated that he is announcing big news tomorrow. Seems to bode well for our chances as staying committed to UL wouldn't seem to be big news. Fingers crossed, we could use him. He currently has offers from ACC, SEC and Big 10 schools.
    Robbins isn't coming. BYU needs Alphonzo Andrews and others in the worst way at RB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frank ryan View Post
    Robbins isn't coming. BYU needs Alphonzo Andrews and others in the worst way at RB.
    Seems like there are some great work horses array at BYU. They need a burner.

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    Signing day. Here's to only pleasant surprises.

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    Brooks Maile and Jacob Conover are in.
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    Roberts and Conover are in. I can stop refreshing my twitter feed now.
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    Uneventful day, for better or worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by All-American View Post
    Uneventful day, for better or worse.
    Uneventful in that there were no surprises (for good or ill), but I'm excited about some of the dudes we reeled in. I'm not too excited about the DL (Mitchell?), but I don't really know anything about him, other than his star rating and he's a small school guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Monstah View Post
    Uneventful in that there were no surprises (for good or ill), but I'm excited about some of the dudes we reeled in. I'm not too excited about the DL (Mitchell?), but I don't really know anything about him, other than his star rating and he's a small school guy.
    Fiatoa is headed to Navy I guess. That’s a surprise and letdown. I was hoping BYU would have added a running back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frank ryan View Post
    Fiatoa is headed to Navy I guess. That’s a surprise and letdown. I was hoping BYU would have added a running back.
    BYU will add one before February.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cougjunkie View Post
    BYU will add one before February.
    Is he good?
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    Jaylen Warren, maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveCoug View Post
    Jaylen Warren, maybe?
    He is the guy if he could make grades. Doesn't look good. He may need the entire summer to graduate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cougjunkie View Post
    He is the guy if he could make grades. Doesn't look good. He may need the entire summer to graduate.
    Rumors in high school were that he was ineligible but Matich finagled his way on the field during the season. Not sure how much of that is true vs. sour grapes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hostile View Post
    Rumors in high school were that he was ineligible but Matich finagled his way on the field during the season. Not sure how much of that is true vs. sour grapes.
    seems like something matich would do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokymountainrain View Post
    seems like something matich would do.
    what a piece of shit that guy is
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    2nd signing day is tomorrow. Recap and update of who BYU has

    QB Jacob Conover. He had offers from: Alabama, Arizona State, Memphis, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Nevada, Arizona, USU, South Carolina, Wazzu

    OL Eli Unutao: Hawaii, Cal, Colorado State, Fresno State,

    OL Brock Gunderson: North Texas, USU, UTEP, Purdue, Army, Air Force, UNLV, New Mexico

    OL Blake Freeland: Utah, Vanderbilt

    DB Caleb Christensen: SUU, Dixie

    DL/LB Michael Daley: Air Force, UNLV

    DB Eric Ellison: UNLV, Wazzu

    WR Chase Roberts: Utah, USU

    WR Keanu Hill: Wyoming

    DB George Udo: Sac State, San Diego, UC Davis

    DL Brooks Maile: Utah State

    TE Ethan Erickson: Utah State, Navy

    OL/DL Bruce Mitchell:

    TE/DL Carter Wheat:

    All signed in December

    Committed to sign tomorrow:

    QB/ATH/WR Luc Andrada: Air Force

    DL: Cade Albright: Utah, UCLA, Utah State

    TE/OL Trey Anderson: Eastern Washington, Weber State

    DB Dimitri Gallow: UNLV, Purdue

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    Quote Originally Posted by frank ryan View Post
    2nd signing day is tomorrow. Recap and update of who BYU has

    QB Jacob Conover. He had offers from: Alabama, Arizona State, Memphis, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Nevada, Arizona, USU, South Carolina, Wazzu

    OL Eli Unutao: Hawaii, Cal, Colorado State, Fresno State,

    OL Brock Gunderson: North Texas, USU, UTEP, Purdue, Army, Air Force, UNLV, New Mexico

    OL Blake Freeland: Utah, Vanderbilt

    DB Caleb Christensen: SUU, Dixie

    DL/LB Michael Daley: Air Force, UNLV

    DB Eric Ellison: UNLV, Wazzu

    WR Chase Roberts: Utah, USU

    WR Keanu Hill: Wyoming

    DB George Udo: Sac State, San Diego, UC Davis

    DL Brooks Maile: Utah State

    TE Ethan Erickson: Utah State, Navy

    OL/DL Bruce Mitchell:

    TE/DL Carter Wheat:

    All signed in December

    Committed to sign tomorrow:

    QB/ATH/WR Luc Andrada: Air Force

    DL: Cade Albright: Utah, UCLA, Utah State

    TE/OL Trey Anderson: Eastern Washington, Weber State

    DB Dimitri Gallow: UNLV, Purdue
    Suck it Utah!

    What's the story on Conover?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Ted View Post
    Suck it Utah!

    What's the story on Conover?
    Mission first kid out of Arizona. 4 Star.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Monstah View Post
    Reminded me of this (for some reason):

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    Has he put out a follow-up video? Asking for a friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Diddley View Post
    Has he put out a follow-up video? Asking for a friend.
    It's been a good while, but I'm fairly certain he was really embarassed and took it down. Some Aggie fans got a hold of it and reposted to Youtube (I think).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Diddley View Post
    Has he put out a follow-up video? Asking for a friend.
    So he says he’s going on a mission on behalf of “The Church of Jesus’s Christ.” Interesting concept. Very meta.

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    This class leaves a lot to be desired.

    1. Conover is the jewel of the class. 4 star qb who could have gone anywhere in the country. I think he is followed closely by Cade Albright, he is another mission first kid and needs to put on serious weight. Played last year at 6'5 220. But he lead all of Socal in sacks with 21.5. Had offers from 10 P5s including NEbraska, Notre Dame, and UCLA. Between Albright and Michael Daley you have 50 combined sacks their senior seasons.

    2. We didn't land any RBs we were hoping for, so we took a flier on Javelle Brown. He played all over the field in high school. Rushed for about 600 yards on 8.4 ypc, also had 500 receiving. Played safety and corner. I think we start him at RB but he ends up playing defense. Luc Andrada is another kid who might get some time at RB. He is a speedster, 10.65 100m, also top 20 nationally in the 60. He played qb in high school but will be a RB/Slot at BYU.

    3. Other than that, it is very much a mixed bag. Chase Roberts was great get but again mission first kid. George Udo is a total project but could end up being ok. Brooks Maile, Bruce Mitchell, and Brock Gunderson all have to gain weight and get bigger before they impact the game.

    4. We did add more tight end depth with Ethan Erickson, Trey Anderson and Carter Wheat. Although I think Anderson moves to O-line. Returning from missions are Isaac Rex, Alema Pilimai, and Donovan Hanna. All of these guys are in the 6'4-6'6 range and 220-245 pounds. Bronco loved recruiting that body type as they can play tight end, D-end, OLB or even O-tackle (like Braden Brown did). Seems Kalani has followed that same model.

    5. PWOs, BYU signed 14 of them. I don't hate them taking a flyer on a few kids, it worked last year with Dax Milne. All the PWOs BYU signed are about 5'11 180 and pasty white. Ethan Slade put up big numbers at Orem (12 ints last year) but doesn't look all that impressive on tape. Jake Jensen the qb from PG was about the 5th best qb in Utah County last year. They did land two Rbs who are PWOs- Alex Meza who rushed for 1,000 yards in JC ball last year, and Bailey Sulzer a running back from West Valley High in California. I actually think Sulzer could be a surprise. He ran for 2,000 yards and 30 tds (7.4 ypc) last year along with 150 tackles and 17 tfls. He is lds and heading on a mission first (already has his call to Oregon). He is the type of kid that is worth a PWO for sure.

    6. The misses-
    Cooper Legas- I don't think he is a huge miss as a qb prospect, and BYU barely offered a week ago. But he is a good athlete and we lost a head to head matchup with Utah State, which is never ok.
    Alphonzo Andrews- would have helped our running back depth yet he chose Wyoming
    Aidan Robbins- Another big RB, not sure if we really had a shot at him but we did get him to at least trip
    Thomas Grayson, DeShawn Collins, Christian Hunter- All RBs that BYU offered who ended up getting last minute P5 offers and spurned BYU.
    Puka Nacua- obviously this is a huge loss. He has yet to sign but I think he ends up at UW
    Logan Sagapolu- local kid who ends up leaving the state for Oregon
    Simote Pepa- Bingham kid, chose Utah
    Mase Funa- 4 star recruit who chose Oregon (his brother is at BYU)
    Lolani Langi and Junior Tafuna- 2 more 3 star kids from Bingham, chose Boise and Utah over BYU.
    Tasili Fiatoa- has been committed to BYU for 3 years, some say he lost his schollie. Not really sure but he picked Navy.


    Lots of big name LDS kids with BYU ties that we didn't even get a sniff from. Henry To'oto (Ten), Siaki Ika (decommitted over a year ago,LSU), Sione Vaki (Utah), Miki Ah You (UW), Faatui Tuitele (UW), Suaava Poti (Oregon, HFN get your ducks off our recruits), Troy Fautanu (UW), Enokk Vimahi (Ohio State), George Holani (Boise State).
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    Quote Originally Posted by cougjunkie View Post
    This class leaves a lot to be desired.

    1. Conover is the jewel of the class. 4 star qb who could have gone anywhere in the country. I think he is followed closely by Cade Albright, he is another mission first kid and needs to put on serious weight. Played last year at 6'5 220. But he lead all of Socal in sacks with 21.5. Had offers from 10 P5s including NEbraska, Notre Dame, and UCLA. Between Albright and Michael Daley you have 50 combined sacks their senior seasons.

    2. We didn't land any RBs we were hoping for, so we took a flier on Javelle Brown. He played all over the field in high school. Rushed for about 600 yards on 8.4 ypc, also had 500 receiving. Played safety and corner. I think we start him at RB but he ends up playing defense. Luc Andrada is another kid who might get some time at RB. He is a speedster, 10.65 100m, also top 20 nationally in the 60. He played qb in high school but will be a RB/Slot at BYU.

    3. Other than that, it is very much a mixed bag. Chase Roberts was great get but again mission first kid. George Udo is a total project but could end up being ok. Brooks Maile, Bruce Mitchell, and Brock Gunderson all have to gain weight and get bigger before they impact the game.

    4. We did add more tight end depth with Ethan Erickson, Trey Anderson and Carter Wheat. Although I think Anderson moves to O-line. Returning from missions are Isaac Rex, Alema Pilimai, and Donovan Hanna. All of these guys are in the 6'4-6'6 range and 220-245 pounds. Bronco loved recruiting that body type as they can play tight end, D-end, OLB or even O-tackle (like Braden Brown did). Seems Kalani has followed that same model.

    5. PWOs, BYU signed 14 of them. I don't hate them taking a flyer on a few kids, it worked last year with Dax Milne. All the PWOs BYU signed are about 5'11 180 and pasty white. Ethan Slade put up big numbers at Orem (12 ints last year) but doesn't look all that impressive on tape. Jake Jensen the qb from PG was about the 5th best qb in Utah County last year. They did land two Rbs who are PWOs- Alex Meza who rushed for 1,000 yards in JC ball last year, and Bailey Sulzer a running back from West Valley High in California. I actually think Sulzer could be a surprise. He ran for 2,000 yards and 30 tds (7.4 ypc) last year along with 150 tackles and 17 tfls. He is lds and heading on a mission first (already has his call to Oregon). He is the type of kid that is worth a PWO for sure.

    6. The misses-
    Cooper Legas- I don't think he is a huge miss as a qb prospect, and BYU barely offered a week ago. But he is a good athlete and we lost a head to head matchup with Utah State, which is never ok.
    Alphonzo Andrews- would have helped our running back depth yet he chose Wyoming
    Aidan Robbins- Another big RB, not sure if we really had a shot at him but we did get him to at least trip
    Thomas Grayson, DeShawn Collins, Christian Hunter- All RBs that BYU offered who ended up getting last minute P5 offers and spurned BYU.
    Puka Nacua- obviously this is a huge loss. He has yet to sign but I think he ends up at UW
    Logan Sagapolu- local kid who ends up leaving the state for Oregon
    Simote Pepa- Bingham kid, chose Utah
    Mase Funa- 4 star recruit who chose Oregon (his brother is at BYU)
    Lolani Langi and Junior Tafuna- 2 more 3 star kids from Bingham, chose Boise and Utah over BYU.
    Tasili Fiatoa- has been committed to BYU for 3 years, some say he lost his schollie. Not really sure but he picked Navy.


    Lots of big name LDS kids with BYU ties that we didn't even get a sniff from. Henry To'oto (Ten), Siaki Ika (decommitted over a year ago,LSU), Sione Vaki (Utah), Miki Ah You (UW), Faatui Tuitele (UW), Suaava Poti (Oregon, HFN get your ducks off our recruits), Troy Fautanu (UW), Enokk Vimahi (Ohio State), George Holani (Boise State).
    I don't really follow recruiting much, but do we have any returning missionaries that would bolster the effect of the incoming class? That is the weird thing about BYU signing day, is that half of those who sign we won't see for a couple years and they are replaced by those we haven't thought about for a couple years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cougjunkie View Post
    Bailey Sulzer a running back from West Valley High in California. I actually think Sulzer could be a surprise. He ran for 2,000 yards and 30 tds (7.4 ypc) last year along with 150 tackles and 17 tfls. He is lds and heading on a mission first (already has his call to Oregon). He is the type of kid that is worth a PWO for sure.
    Sulzer is a family friend of mine and Steelblue. Left on his mission yesterday. He was a stud in HS and could develop into a nice player. I'm not sure which position he will play. He was more dominant as a RB, but certainly has the build for a LB. Ran a sub :25 200m, which isn't blazing, but is quite good for a guy his size. Was also a decent pole vaulter, going 12'8" his senior year. And he's a heck of a nice kid.

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    Yeah, Sulzer was probably underrated based on his competition but the way he dominated out here was consistent with others from the area who've gone on to D1 success.

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