Oct. 13, 2012; Provo, UT, USA; Brigham Young Cougars head coach Bronco Mendenhall stands along the sideline during the third quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas C. Pizac-USA TODAY Sports

BYU Football: An Early Look At 2015 Recruiting Class

Sep 23, 2011; Provo, UT, USA; General view of the LaVell Edwards Stadium exterior before the NCAA football game between the UCF Knights and the BYU Cougars. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 23, 2011; Provo, UT, USA; General view of the LaVell Edwards Stadium exterior before the NCAA football game between the UCF Knights and the BYU Cougars. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Recruiting never sleeps. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the success of the 2014 recruiting class and heaping praises on Recruiting Director Geoff Martzen. The kids in that class haven’t even put a BYU uniform on yet and here we are with an early look at next year’s class.

Already, this class is shaping up to be exciting. If BYU continues at the same pace they’re currently on, they’ll finish with a top 30 class according to most recruiting websites. BYU is going up against the big boys of college football this year. So, let’s take a look at what is happening at this point.

The Commits:

Dayan Lake: Lake is a do-it-all prospect out of Northridge High School. He’s one of (arguably the #1) the top prospects out of the state of Utah next year. BYU offered Lake a long time ago and he accepted the offer to play defensive back in Provo. His

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Photo Credit: TotalBlueSports.com

recruitment has started to heat up and he’s drawing interest from schools across the country, most notably, Alabama. So far, Lake has not wavered even a little from his BYU commitment and that is great news for Cougar fans.

Will Sedgwick: If there is one think you can always count on in a Bronco Mendenhall recruiting class, it’s a crop of stud linebackers. The class of 2015 will be no different and it starts with Sedgwick. The California product committed to BYU last summer and has remained solid ever since. He’s posted monster numbers at a middle linebacker as a sophomore and junior and looks to do the same during his upcoming senior year. At 6’2” and 220 lbs, Sedgwick has the build to follow the footsteps of the many great middle linebackers under Bronco Mendenhall.

Mika Tafua: Tafua come from the Hawaiian Islands and looks to make an impact at BYU. He plays defensive end at his current school, but as the size to move to outside linebacker at BYU at 6’3” 210 lbs. Tafua gave his verbal commitment to the BYU coaching staff months ago and has stayed true. The Honululu product is sure to pick up more offers during the course of his senior season, some of which will likely be from PAC-12 schools.

Devin Kaufusi: Another Kaufusi at BYU because, seriously, can you have enough Kaufusis? The 6’5” defensive end from Timpview High School is the little brother of current BYU players Bronson and Corbin. He’s a similar mold to the rest of the Kaufusi family that is currently on the roster and that is a good thing for BYU.

Kimane Domena (sort of): Domena expressed interest in committing to BYU last week. The dual threat QB was offered by Brandon Doman a couple of years ago, but it is still unknown to fans how much recruiting this new offensive staff has done. Domena’s high school coach announced that Domena wanted to commit to BYU, but according to our friends at TotalBlueSports.com, that commitment has not yet been accepted by Bronco Mendenhall. This will be an interesting story to follow. Coach Doman is obviously no longer with the program and it is unknown if Domena is even on the recruiting board for Coach Robert Anae. Only time will tell.

Other names to watch:

BYU has interest in dozens of other players. Rather than feature every single one of them, I’ll list a few that I think will be the most compelling to keep an eye on.

Steven Miller (OL): Reported his BYU offer on Twitter on Thursday; big offensive lineman from Arizona.

Breiden Fehoko (DT, NG): His older brother recently transferred from Utah, could that possibly ruffle feathers and open the door for BYU? Fehoko is, in my opinion, the top rated prospect on BYU’s radar.

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Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

Gabe Reid (DE): It was reported that Reid almost committed a few weeks ago on National Signing Day, but he didn’t. I would be shocked, however, if he ends up anywhere but Provo.

Chandler Cox (RB): Fehoko might be the highest rated prospect, but Cox might be the biggest steal for BYU. The Florida running back is receiving interest from schools across the country.

Mufi Hunt (DE,OLB): The Brighton High School product is very big and very talented. He reminds me of recent BYU signee Uriah Leiataua.

Cameron Scarlett (RB): This might be a long shot for the Cougars, but if BYU can land the star tailback from Oregon, then BYU will continue to have great success on the ground even after Jamaal Williams leaves.

Travis Waller (QB): Another long shot, but BYU did offer before his recruitment started to really take off and maybe that will help in the long run.

Stay tuned to Lawless Republic throughout the year as we will continue to strive to bring you the best recruiting coverage possible.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/troy.schoonover Troy Schoonover

    Kimane Domena started me thinking about the future QB’s at BYU, and one in particular: Tanner Mangum. Remember him? He shared top honors at the Elite 11 QB cobine with another QB you might remember: Jameis Winston. Mangum will return for Hill’s Senior year and STILL have a redshirt year available. Here is my concern: Go Fast, Go Hard. By all accounts, Mangum acquitted himself admirably during Spring ball last year, so he got a taste of Anae’s new offense, but he was not recruited as a “dual threat” QB, and it remains to be seen if he can run the ball well enough to operate the Go Fast, Go Hard offense. Will Robert Anae be smart enugh to adjust his offense around an elite arm like Mangum has, and let Mangum do the best he can with the hurry-up run elements, or will we let Mangum slip through our fingers for a “dual threat” QB who may not have Mangum’s NFL arm? I, for one, would like to see the offense return to a pass-oriented attack, but regardless, I hope we evolve with the talent we have. Taysom Hill is uniquely suited to run our present offense. How do all of you feel about molding the offense to suit Tanner Mangum’s unique talents?

    • rakoto10

      I think that Mangum will still be at BYU. GFGH doesn’t necessarily mean read option. Currently BYU runs a read option offense because Taysom fits that so well. As long as Mangum comes in and is good, I think that the Anae will make the offense look a little different. Even in the spring game you could see that Christian Stewart was getting a different set of play calls than Taysom.

      My other thought regarding your comment is about how good Mangum really is. There is no doubt that coming out of high school he had elite level talent. But, by the time he gets back from a mission and suits up for BYU, he’ll be 4-5 years removed from football. He really is a huge question mark coming back to BYU. I’m also a little wary of how much weigh we put into the Elite 11 title. Sure, it worked out for Winston, but there are a lot more Elite 11 QBs over the years that have been giants busts than guys that have gone on to be Winstons.