BYU Football: May recruiting by the numbers

bythenumbers_tnThe month of May saw three new student athletes commit to play for BYU: Lone Peak’s DE/LB Preston Lewis (Class of 2017), Riverside City College cornerback Isaiah Armstrong (Class of 2016), and Kahuku Hawaii punter Sekope Lutu Latu (Class of 2018).  In addition to the three commits, offers were extended to at least 25 other student-athletes.  The following are a few statistics detailing the current state of recruiting at BYU.  More detailed statistics can be found by click on the class pages which will redirect you to many individual player profiles.
*May totals in parenthesis

Total Commits: 7 (3)
Total Commits for Class of 2017: 4 (1)
Total Commits for Class of 2018: 1 (1)
Total Commits for Class of 2019: 2
Total Scholarship Offers Extended: 112 (25)
Offers to Class of 2017: 72 (17)
Offers to Class of 2018: 24 (4)
Offers to Class of 2019: 16 (4)

Offers Breakdown:
Offers to athletes from California: 50 (44.6%)
Offers to athletes from Utah: 23 (20.5%)
Offers to athletes from Texas: 8 (7.1%)
Offers to athletes from Hawaii: 7 (6.3%)
Offers to 4-star recruits*:  20 (13/7)
Offers to 3-star recruits:  22 (21/1)
Offers to unrated recruits: 15 (9/6)
*From 247 Sports, Classes of 2017 and 2018 (none of 2019 have been rated yet)

According to 247 sports BYU has offered 57 scholarships to students in the Class of 2017 and 2018.  20 of those (35%) were to 4-star recruits, while 22 were to 3-star recruits (39%), and only 15 were extended to unrated or 2-star recruits (26%).  To put that in perspective 2016 (the transition recruiting year), nine 4 or 5-star recruits were offered (16%), 42 3-star (74%), and six 2-star (10%).  In 2015 (Bronco’s last recruiting class) it was six (10%), 40 (67%), 14 (23%)

Year Total 5&4-star (%) 3-Star (%) 2-Star & NR (%)
2018 14 7 (50%) 1 (7%) 6 (43%)
2017 43 13 (39%) 21 (49%) 9 (21)
2016 52 4 (16%) 42 (74%) 6 (10%)
2015 60 6 (10%) 40 (67%) 14 (23%)

Sitake and company have been doling out many more offers than the previous regime, so only time will tell if this increased focus on offering high profile recruits will pay off.  I believe recruiting will indeed be positively impacted by offering more and offering higher rated recruits because it is setting a new standard.  If you dig into the numbers you’ll see that many of these elite recruits are being offered along with their friends, family, and teammates.  So a few 2-star recruits may commit early, seizing the opportunity to play D1 ball.  But there’s a chance their buddy 4-star recruits sign later on, wanting to play with their buddies.  Time will tell.

May Scholarship Offers
Victor Bates, May 27 (3-star WR, 2017)
Chuck Filiaga, May 27 (4-star OT, 2017)
Isaac Freytes, May 24 – Profile (2-star WR/S, 2017)
Donovan Hanna, May 23 (2-star OLB/TE, 2017)
Lorenzo Fauatea, May 21 (2-star DE, 2017)
Mase Funa, May 18 (2-star OLB, 2019)
Keisean Nixon, May 18 (Arizona Western CC, CB, 2017)
Max Williams (2019), May 17 (2-star DB/WR, 2019)
Jeffrey Manning Jr., May 17 (3-star CB, 2017)
Thomas Graham Jr., May 17 (4-star CB, USC decommit, 2017)
Caleb Phillips, May 17 (2-star TE, 2017)
Faatui Tuitele, May 17 (2-star DE/DT, 2019)
Tyler Batty, May 13 (2-star DE, 2017)
John Vaka, May 12 (Diablo CC, OT, 2017)
Paul Maile, May 12 (2-star DE/DT, 2017)
Deommodore Lenoir, May 11 (4-star WR/CB, 2017)
Joshua Moore, May 3 (4-star WR, 2018)
Rahyme Johnson, May 9 (4-star OLB, UCLA de-commit, 2017)
TJ Pledger, May 3 (4-star RB, 2018)
Cade Otton, May 7 (3-star TE/MLB, 2017)
Isaiah Dunn, May 7 (2-star DB, 2017)
Greg Johnson, May 5 (4-star ATH, 2017)
Marcus Johnson, May 5 (2-star DB, 2018)
Aashari Crosswell, May 5 (4-star S, 2018)
Reese Silofau (2019), May 6 (2-star DL/OL, 2019)

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