About half of BYU’s 24 verbal commitments kicked off their football seasons this past weekend. Notable performances include touchdowns by Tongi Langi (60 yard punt return) and Jackson McChesney (one yard rush). Game summaries for all commits are listed below.
Class of 2017 commits (listed alphabetically)
The Class of 2017 currently has 12 verbal commitments with five commits from Utah, two in California, two in Arizona, and one in Washington, Texas, and Georgia. High school football started last weekend for the five commits in Utah as well as Tanner Baker in Georgia.
- Tanner Baker (TE/DE, Alatoona HS, @TBAKE32). Reigning 6A state champs Alatoona lost 14-30 to reigning 5A state champion Cartersville in their opener.
- TJ Buchanan (WR, Elgin HS, @BeastTj3). The Wildcat’s open their season on Thursday at Harker Heights.
- Ben Bywater (ATH, Olympus HS, @benbywater5). Olympus defeated Cottonwood 28-8 in their opener. Bywater stats not yet available. Season totals:
- Donovan Hanna (TE/DT, American Leadership Academy; @donnyd119). ALA kicked off the season with a dominating 40-13 victory over Benjamin Franklin Charter School. Hanna’s stats are not yet available. Season totals:
- Ammon Hannemann (S, Lone Peak HS; @Ammon_Hann1). Lone Peak defeated Bountiful 31-13 to open their season. Hannemann’s stats not yet available. Season totals:
- Bentley Hanshaw (TE/DE, Moorpark HS; @BentleyHanshaw). Moorpark opens their season this Friday with a non-conference game at Canyon.
- Tongi Langi (DB, Bingham; @Big_Tuna24). Bingham kicked off the season by destroying Westlake 42-9. Langi had a 60 yard punt return for a touchdown. Season Totals: 1 punt return for 60 yards, 1 TD
- Preston Lewis (DE/LB, Lone Peak HS, @plewis_8). Lone Peak defeated Bountiful 31-13 in their home opener. Lewis’s stats are not yet available. Season totals:
- Jackson McChesney (RB, Lone Peak HS, @jackson21cheese). Lone Peak defeated Bountiful 31-13 in their home opener. McChesney had a one yard touchdown run despite playing with walking pneumonia. He finished with eight carries for 18 yards and the TD and two receptions for 30 yards. Season totals: 8 carries for 18 yards, 1 rushing TD; 2 receptions for 30 yards.
- Ryan Rehkow (K, Central Valley HS; @r_rehkow24). The Bears don’t open their season until September 2nd when they face off at Coeur d’Alene.
- Isaac Rex (TE, San Clemente HS, @Isaac_Rex1). San Clemente opens their season this Friday vs. Oceanside.
- Seth Willis (OL, Newtown HS; @seth_willy). The Nighthawks don’t start their season until September 9th when they face New Fairfield.
Class of 2018 commits
The Class of 2018 already has nine verbal commitments. To put that in perspective, last football season we only had one early commit for the Class of 2017 (Jackson McChesney).
- Campbell Barrington (OT/DE, University HS; @Campbel33563194). The Titans open their season on September 2nd at Sandpoint (ID).
- Ale Kaho (RB/LB, Reno HS; @Brandonkah0). The Huskies open their season this Saturday vs. Stagg (Stockton, CA). Season Totals:
- Jaren Kump (OL/DL, Herriman HS; @jarenkump68). Herriman started their season off with a 26-16 victory over Brighton. Kump had six tackles in the game. Season Totals: six total tackles (0 solo, 6 assisted)
- Cameron Latu (DE/TE, Olympus HS). Olympus opened their season with a 28-8 victory over Cottonwood. Latu’s stats are not yet available. Season totals:
- Nathan Latu (DE, Olympus HS; @LatuNathan). Olympus opened their season with a 28-8 victory over Cottonwood. Latu’s stats are not yet available. Season totals:
- Sekope Lutu Latu (K/P, Kahuku HS; @LatuSekope). The Red Raiders have actually already played two football games. On August 12th they defeated Leilehua 49-15. They followed that up with a victory over Alea (50-7) this past weekend. Stats for Lutu Latu are not yet available. Season Totals:
- Tyler Manoa (DT/T, Saint Francis HS; @tylermanoa). The Lancers will open their season on Friday vs. Oak Grove. Season Totals:
- Connor Pay (OT/DT, Lone Peak HS; @cpay73). Lone Peak defeated Bountiful 31-13 in their home opener. Pay did not record any stats. Season Totals:
- Jacob Smith (OT, Rosemount HS; @jesmith4530). The Irish kick off their season on September 1st at White Bear Lake. Season Totals:
Class of 2019 commits
The Class of 2019 currently has three future Cougs, and all three were in action this weekend.
- CJ Alatini (DE, Orem HS; @AlatiniCj). Orem was defeated by Sierra Canyon (Los Angeles, CA) 30-20 in their home opener. Alatani’s stats are not yet available. Season totals:
- Tausili Fiatoa (DE, Orem HS). Orem was defeated by Sierra Canyon (Los Angeles, CA) 30-20 in their home opener. Fiatoa’s stats are not yet available. Season totals:
- Apu Ika (DT/OL, East HS, @Jackfish801). East defeated Syracuse in convincing fashion 67-21 on Friday. Ika’s recorded no stats. Season totals: