Roman Rashada will fill a big hole in the defensive secondary this upcoming season.
When looking at the BYU defense, the clear biggest question was depth on the defensive line and secondary. While the line still has plenty of questions, with the addition of DE Roman Rashada, things seem much more secure next season.
Whether Rashada ends up starting or not, he will likely at worst be in the two deep rotation, helping to minimize the effect of injuries that do and will take place next season.
Prior to the announcement, the Cougars were realistically looking at only having their starters with much actual game experience, especially with the announcement of Kennan Ellis stepping away from the game.
Now, it feels like the three star defensive back will be in the rotation that will give all the players some rest/time to recover as well as provide a crucial depth.
Last season, the Cougars needed ten different players to start games in the secondary.
Rashada doesn’t have a ton of experience, only playing in six games the last two seasons at the JUCO level, but considering that he was receiving interest from Washington and other P5’s, it is safe to say that he could be a gamechanger for the next two years of eligibility.
If I had to make a guess of where Rashada will end up playing (see highlights below), I believe that he will play a Kyle Van Noy inside corner hybrid mix. Rashada has such quick closing speed and chase down speed that he could cause nightmares to tight ends and blocking running backs out of the backfield.
Rashada has two younger brothers who the Cougars are also targetting; five star quarterback Jaden Rashada and three star linebacker Harlen Rashada. Jaden made an interest comment on Twitter suggesting that perhaps he will also sign with BYU to play with his brother.