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.
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
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.
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.