If you’ve been paying attention to recruiting you probably noticed that over the last few days a lot of recruits are posting their “official offers” on social media. And most of these offers are not surprises. So… what’s up with that?
Well, the NCAA rules stipulate that a school can’t officially recruit a high school player until August 1st before their senior year of high school. Official visits can start as soon as June before their senior season, which is why several high-profile recruits have already taken their official visits to BYU this summer. And unofficial visits happen all the time, with some recruits visiting schools several times leading up to their commitment.
So, does an “official offer” really matter?
No, not really. But it does show who still has an offer from that school. Remember, a lot of recruits get offers as freshmen, sophomores, and juniors but then their performance on the field or in the classroom might take a dip and they aren’t given an official offer prior to their senior season.
Based on that, here are some of the official offers that Coug recruits have shared out this week.
Official Offers to Currently Committed Cougs
BYU currently has ten early commits for the Class of 2023. We saw tweets this week announcing official offers from 4-star tight end Jackson Bowers, quarterback Ryder Burton, Texas running back Landen Chambers, linebacker Pierson Watson, and athletes Saimone Davis and Leo Pulalasi.
Official Offers to BYU recruiting targets
Of course, what we really want to know is what targets for the Class of 2023 are still considering BYU. Sending out official offers to previously offered recruits tells us that BYU is still interested. And posting those offers on social media tells us fans that there’s still a possibility that the following recruits pick BYU.
Official offers posted to social media this week include Roger Alderman, Keynan Higgins, Motekiai Mounga, Tre Spivey, Arden Parker, and Ethan Thomason.
Keynan Higgins is a 3-star (81) recruit from Pittsburg, CA. The 6-foot-5 175-pound receiver and defensive back runs a sub-11 100-yard time and had eight receptions for 226 yards and three touchdowns in seven games last season (MaxPreps). He has offers from Arizona State, BYU, Colorado State, Fresno State, Pitt, and Washington State.
Motekai Mounga is a 3-star (84) recruit from Provo. The 6-foot-3 defensive lineman had 24 tackles (17 solo), with six tackles for loss and two sacks last season for Timpview (MaxPreps). He has offers from BYU, New Mexico State, Southern Utah, UNLV, and Utah State.
Tre Spivey is a high 3-star (.8726) from Chandler, Arizona. The 6-foot-4 185-pound receiver who had 26 receptions for 394 yards and seven touchdowns last season (MaxPreps). He has a long offer list (18+) including Arizona, ASU, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Washington, and Wisconsin. BYU was included in a Top 6 post he made two weeks ago.
Adren Parker is a 6-foot-2 165-pound track star from San Diego. He runs a 10.8 100-meter and 21.7 200-meter. He is not rated by 247Sports and it appears BYU is his only FBS offer right now.
Ethan Thomason is a high 3-star (0.8719) recruit from Colorado. The 6-foot-8 305 pound tackle has 19 offers including Stanford, Utah, Nebraska, and Oklahoma State. He made an official visit to BYU in June and has taken several unofficial visits to Provo.
Of course, BYU sent official offers to several other targets who have not shared those offers publicly on social media. Expect to hear more commitment announcements over the next month as these student-athletes kickoff their senior seasons.