BYU football commits Keaton Torre, Wayne Taulapapa get offers pulled, open recruiting back up
One of the challenges that comes along when a new coaching staff takes over a football program is the fact that they’re free to pull scholarship offers from prospects who have not yet signed National Letters of Intent.
Such has happened at BYU at the beginning of the Kalani Sitake era, as 2016 commits Keaton Torre and Wayne Taulapapa announced via Twitter on Wednesday that they’ve opened their recruiting back up, and both confirmed with the Deseret News that their offers were pulled.
For Torre, a quarterback from Bingham High School, it’s the latest turn in what has been a rather wild recruiting process.
He began his prep career in Oklahoma, and he committed to Louisville in October of his junior year. His family then moved to Utah early this year, and he decommitted from Louisville in March. He committed to BYU on Sept. 14.
Ten days earlier, he lost his starting job to Matt Degn and never regained it after going 14-of-32 for 274 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Bingham’s first 2.5 games.
Still, BYU kept its offer on the table and Torre graduated from high school early. His plan was to begin classes on Monday in Provo and get ready for spring ball.
“It is what it is,” he said. “I can’t do anything about it. It’s a business decision for them, and they’ve got to do what’s best for their program. There’s not much I can do.”
Torre is currently in discussions with Utah, UNLV, Yale, Harvard and Colorado State about attending there.
“I built great relationships down there, and I really wish nothing but the best for the program and coach Sitake and (offensive coordinator) coach (Ty) Detmer and all them,” he said. “I’m excited to follow them throughout the years. Go, Cougs, like always, and God bless.”
Taulapapa’s recruiting process has been drastically different from Torre’s up to this point. The running back from Hawaii hadn’t received many offers before committing to the Cougars in September.
In the wake of having to open his recruiting back up, Taulapapa said he’s been in contact with Hawaii, Army and Navy.
“I’m glad that I committed to BYU, but I should’ve understood that things like this happen when new coaches come in,” he said. “That’s something I’m going to pay attention to a little more just to see if it’s more secure. ... I’m excited to see where I go. I’m just going to take it one step at a time and continue to pray about it and hope that God has a plan for me to be able to continue to live my dream, but we’ll see what happens from here.”
The news concerning Torre and Taulapapa comes a week after prospects Troy Warner and Handsome Tanielu firmed up plans to join the Cougars in January.
National Signing Day is Feb. 3.
Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.