T-minus three weeks until National Letter of Intent (NLI) day. BYU already has 16 verbal commits from high school seniors and another six verbals from transfer students. And while there are a few really solid 3-star commits, the class is still lacking star power that would propel it to a Top 50 class. At this point there are still plenty of great recruits still available, but which of the 42 with outstanding offers are most likely to come to the Y?
I believe there are essentially four divisions or tiers of recruits left to sign:
TIER 1: Those with no other D1 scholarship offers (5)
TIER 2: Those where BYU is clearly their best offer (10)
TIER 3: Those with a few other comparable offers (14)<
TIER 4: Those who have lots of P5 offers/long-shots (13)
Obviously we want to get as many Tier 4 guys as possible and then fill out the recruiting class with players from the other three tiers. Here are all of the players with outstanding offers, according to their respective tiers.
Tier 1: No other D1 offers (5):
Isaac Freytes (2-star WR), Iyen Medlock (2-star WR/QB), Tysean Prysock (2-star WR/DE*), Cory Cox (2-star FS/CB/WR), Mike Crawford (2-star CB/SS)
*I’m not completely sure he has an offer
Tier 2: BYU is best offer (10):
Mason Fakahua (QB), Kesi Ah Hoy (2.7-star RB), Darius Wise (2-star RB), Alonzo Davis (2-star WR), Caleb Phillips (2-star TE/LB), Sean Vaisimia (2-star JUCO TE/DE), MJ Tafisi (2-star ILB/TE), Aamir Brown (S/WR), Isaiah Dunn (3-star DB/WR), D’Angelo Gunter (2.3-star CB)
With 15 recruits where BYU is clearly their best offer (the first two tiers), it is likely that at least some (hopefully most) of those scholarships have been pulled. I’m guessing we will sign about five of these guys.
Those with recent offers (thereby indicating some interest from BYU) include: November offers Mason Fakahua and MJ Tafisi, October offer D’Angelo Gunter (who made a visit and is high on the Cougs), September offers Nick Ford, Aamir Brown, and Mike Crawford, and August offer Iyen Medlock.
Tier 3: Comparable offers (14) (best three non-BYU offers in parenthesis)
- Tyler Asemota (2.3-star WR, Oregon State, SDSU, Wyoming)
- Victor Bates (2.7-star WR, Oregon State, Colorado State, Hawaii)
- Branden Smith (2.3-star WR/CB; Oregon State, UCLA, Washington State)
- Carson Terrell (3-star TE; UCLA, Oregon State, Kansas)
- Wylan Free (3-star ATH/CB/S; USC, Utah, Boise State)
- Jordan Lolohea (3-star ATH/DE; Oregon, Washington, Utah)
- Onesimus Lutu-Clarke (2-star OT; Oregon State, Boise State, Nevada)
- Lorenzo Fauatea (3-star DE; Utah, Oregon State, Boise State)
- Miki Suguturaga (3-star DE; Arkansas, Arizona State, Utah)
- Levani Damuni (4-star OLB; Stanford, Utah, Boise State)
- Mata Hola (2.7-star OLB; Oklahoma State, Boise State, Utah State)
- Wylan Free (3-star CB; USC, Utah, Boise State)
- Taniela Pututau (2.7-star S/WR; Utah, Oregon State, Colorado).
- Charles Watson (3-star FS/WR; Oregon State, Colorado, Washington State)
Long Shots (13) (several other P5 offers): Cyrus Habibi-LIkio (RB), Oliver Martin (WR), Mike’Quan Deane (2.3-star JUCO TE), Greg Johnson (4-star ATH), Isaiah Pola-Mao (4-star ATH/WR/S), Nick Ford (2.7-star OT/DT), Noah Elliss (4-star DT), Alden Tofa (3-star DE), Jay Tufele (4-star DT/NG), Langi Tuifua (4-star DE), Aliki Vimahi (3-star DE/DT/TE), Chaz Ah You (4-star S/WR), Trajon Cotton (3-star DB/QB),
From Tier 3 (comparable offers) and Tier 4 (Long shots) BYU is pursuing about fifteen recruits. If they can land 2-3 we will probably end up with a typical BYU recruiting class with a team rank in the 60-80 range. However, if BYU can come away with two or three 4-star recruits and five or more from these two upper recruiting tiers than the Class of 2017 can be a special one, ranking in the 40-60 range for team rankings.
So which ones sign with the Cougars? Put your guesses in the comment section below.
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