Dick Harmon: Pros, risks of BYU's 21 early recruits

Published: Saturday, July 15 2006 12:00 a.m. MDT

At this stage, nothing is in writing, for either the school or the recruit.

Said Pella: "Even big-name schools have come back on kids after commitments and reneged after players didn't have a great senior year or were injured. Recruits change their minds and de-commit. But on our end, LaVell's word was considered solid."

But back to BYU's 21 commits as of today. It could be 22 or 23 by August. The total number to sign could be anywhere from 23 to 28 by January, depending on knowledge of mission plans.

Again, as it should be argued, there are recruits, then there are recruits.

Any staff could commit 21 right now — but the question that cannot be answered until about the sophomore year is how good are these guys? A month ago, when he had more than a dozen committed, Mendenhall answered the question of early recruiting by keeping his plan simple. He has a criteria and a product to sell. If a recruit meets the criteria and likes the product, why wait?

It does make for a less-complicated fall and winter for recruiters.

BYU oral commitments for 2007

Magnum Mauga, DL, Grossmont JC; Levi Mack, OL, Eastern Arizona JC; Jordan Pendleton, DB, Bingham HS; Austen Jorgensen, LB, North Sanpete HS; Scott Ebert, WR, Jordan HS; Manaaki Vaital, OL, Euless, Texas; Marcus Mathews, WR, Beaverton, Ore.; Ryan Kessman, WR, San Jacinto, Calif.; Jason Munns, QB, Kennewick, Wash.; Steve Thomas, DB, Chino Hills, Calif.; David Angilau, DT, Longmont, Colo.; J.J. Diluigi, RB, Canyon Country, Calif.; Braden Brown, TE, Highland High; Kaneakua Friel, TE, Honolulu; Eathyn Manumaleuna, OL, Timpview HS; Aveni Lueng Wei, LB, Grossmont JC; Star Lotulelei, DE, Bingham HS; Jordan Smith, WR, Spanish Fork; Brannon Brooks, DB, Elk Grove, Calif.; Gary Nagy, DB, Kahuku, Hawaii; Tyler Beck, LB, Vista Murrieta, Calif. — Scout.com

E-mail: dharmon@desnews.com

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