March was a busy month for BYU football coaches with the recruiting season now in full swing. The coaching staff extended at least 13 scholarship offers last month, had over 50 recruits visit campus, and received four verbal commitments.
BYU received four verbal commitments in March for three different classes. Two came from Southern Utah University with graduate transfers Andrew Eide and Keyan Norman expecting to play in 2016. BYU also received a verbal commitments from Isaac Rex (Class of 2017) and high school freshman CJ Alatini (Class of 2019).
Isaac Rex is a 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end for San Clemente High School in California (Class of 2017). He gave a verbal commitment to play for BYU immediately after receiving a scholarship offer March 19.
Since preschool, I've dreamed of playing for BYU. I'm now committed to play football for Brigham Young University🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/Y3sfRJzqH2— Isaac Rex (@Isaac_Rex1) March 19, 2016
CJ Alatini is a 6-2, 240-pound defensive end for Orem High School (Class of 2019). He made a verbal commitment to BYU on March 14 immediately after being offered a scholarship. Alatini has already generated some national buzz after participating in the Brett Cooper All-America game where he was named the defensive MVP.
Andrew Eide is a 6-5, 286-pound offensive tackle who will transfer to BYU this season as a graduate transfer from SUU. He was a Big Sky honorable mention at offensive tackle in 2015 after switching over from defensive end.
He joins SUU center Keyan Norman, who announced March 10 that he will be joining BYU as a graduate transfer. The 6-3, 290-pound DL/center was also an honorable-mention selection in the Big Sky last season.
In addition to the four student-athletes who made verbal commitments, BYU extended at least 13 additional scholarship offers during the month of March to student-athletes spanning the next three graduating classes. Details regarding these student-athletes are listed here chronologically by offer date.
Kamren Fabiculanan (March 27) is a 6-2, 175-pound CB/WR for St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, California (Class of 2019). He was named to the All-County second team as a freshman and is being recruited by Florida State and Colorado.
Bentley Hanshaw (March 28) is a 6-6, 210-pound tight end for Moorpark High School in Moorpark, California (Class of 2017). His father played football for BYU in the 1990s and Bentley currently has scholarship offers from San Jose State and Utah State.
Owen Pappoe (March 24) is a 6-1, 202-pound outside linebacker who plays for Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia (Class of 2019). The freshman All-American can run a 4.53 40-yard dash, bench press 340 pounds, squat 415 pounds and received the highest ever SPARQ rating for a freshman. His offer list now consists of 32 total offers.
Mik’Quan Deane (March 12) is a 6-4, 245-pound tight end seeking a transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (Class of 2017). He has run a 4.49 40 and has eight scholarship offers including Nebraska, Pitt and Central Florida.
Aaron Maldonado (March 12) is a 6-3, 290-pound defensive tackle at Bishop Amat HS in Los Angeles (Class of 2018). He started as a sophomore for a very strong program in Bishop Amat. BYU is his first offer.
Talanoa Hufanga (March 11) is a 6-1, 190-pound quarterback for Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, Oregon (Class of 2018). Hometown Oregon State University is 1 of the 4 Pac-12 offers for this “athlete” who has played both offense and defense for the past two seasons.
Randal Grimes (March 10) is a 6-4, 205-pound athlete out of Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas (Class of 2017). He is rated three stars and currently has nine offers including USC, Oregon State and Washington State.
Cyrus Habibi-Likio (March 9) is a 6-1, 200-pound running back at St. Francis in Mountain View, California (Class of 2017). He runs a 4.50 40 and had nearly 1,500 rushing yards as a junior. He has seven scholarship offers, including Columbia of the Ivy League.
Tony Fields II (March 6) is a 6-2, 205-pound outside linebacker out of Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas (Class of 2017). He has 11 offers including Arizona and Boise State with strong interest coming from USC.
J.T. Daniels (March 5) is a 6-1, 195-pound quarterback who plays for California powerhouse Mater Dei in Santa Ana (Class of 2019). He has several scholarship offers including Cal, Notre Dame and UCLA.
Gaudie Campbell (March 3) is a 6-2, 150-pound wide receiver for Antioch High School in Antioch, California (Class of 2019). The freshman was his team’s 2015 offensive player of the year.
Jamire Calvin (march 2) is a 5-10, 170-pound wide receiver from Los Angeles (Class of 2018). He is rated three stars and has over 20 scholarship offers including Nebraska, Cal and Penn State.
Puka Nacua (March 1) is a 6-2, 180-pound wide receiver at Orem High School in Orem, Utah (Class of 2019). He is the younger brother of Kai, Isaiah and Sampson and is also a star on the basketball court.
Part of the reason so many offers were extended in March is because many high school students were making unofficial visits, including BYU’s junior day last week. The following student-athletes made confirmed visits during the month of March.
On March 5, a trio of American Fork (Utah) Cavemen hoping to make this year’s team made a visit. T/DE Michael Richardson, CB/WR Ashton Coleman and CB/RB Christian Snowden met with BYU coach Kalani Sitake.
Lehi’s sophomore quarterback Cammon Cooper (Class of 2018) came the following week with his teammate TE/DE Carson Terrell (Class of 2017). Of course, the big day to visit was Saturday, March 26 where players from around the country descended on Provo for BYU’s Junior Day.
I see some future Cougars. BYU had a lot of talent for its Jr Day. pic.twitter.com/U8LLnqW7mh— Kacey Robbins (@kaceyrobbins) March 27, 2016
Those in attendance included (listed alphabetically): Truman Andrus, Bronson Barron, Brandon Bowen, Colton Carter, Ashton Coleman, Colt Condie, Benjamin Constuble, Cammon Cooper, Ethan Dedeaux, Malakai Fakahua, Tony Fields II, Monquel Glasow, Marckell Grayson, Randal Grimes, Ty Jones, Briggy Mallz, Will Overstreet, Alema Pilimai, Poutasi Poutasi, Isaac Rex, Michael Richardson, Dariyen Sample, Braydin Ship, Carson Terrell, and Braxton Whitney. Last week, Salua Masina, Tennessee Pututau and Alden Tofa.
In other recruiting news, Class of 2016 commit Jackson Kaufusi got his LDS mission call this week to Melbourne, and recruit Jay Tufele of Bingham High School accepted an invitation to play in the upcoming U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Tyler Christensen is a teacher, writer and Web designer. He maintains the blog www.byuinsider.com, which centers on BYU football and basketball recruiting. Follow him on Twitter @byu_insider