It was a busy weekend for the BYU coaching staff. On Friday, they offered 11 scholarships and secured three verbal commitments, including one high school commit, one post-mission transfer and one JUCO transfer.
Tevita David Fotu, a DE/TE at Herriman High (Class of 2018), committed to BYU. He is the younger brother of University of Utah defensive end Leki Fotu and teammate of BYU commit Jaren Kump. In 2016, he had six receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown and 41 tackles (10 solo) with 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, five quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. BYU was his first scholarship offer.https://twitter.com/FotuTevita/status/807626335958933504
A.J. Lolohea is a former Highland High and West High quarterback, linebacker and defensive end who has committed to BYU. He committed to Weber State out of high school in 2014 but de-committed upon his return from an LDS mission to Tonga this past summer. His younger brother Jordan is also being recruited by BYU.
John Vaka was not offered a Division 1 scholarship out of Skyline High School in California when he graduated in 2014. Moving from the defensive to offensive line made all the difference for him as he starred at Diablo Valley Colllege. After de-committing from Oregon, Vaka found himself with 14 scholarship offers including Arizona, Cincinnati, Colorado, Iowa State, Oregon, and Washington State. He was also getting interest from ASU, Cal, Mississippi State and Utah before committing to BYU.
In addition to those three commitments, BYU coaches extended early scholarship offers to nine additional student athletes in Utah, Washington and California over the weekend (listed below). Seven of those offers were to student-athletes in the Class of 2018, with the other going to student-athletes in the Class of 2019.
Stephan Blaylock is a 6-foot, 175-pound safety (Class of 2018). He preps at St. John Bosco (Bellflower, California) and is rated three stars by Scout. BYU is his second offer after UCLA, and he is also being recruited by Cal, USC and Washington.
John Jackson is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound wide receiver at California powerhouse Junipero Serra High School (Class of 2018). BYU is his second offer after Tennessee, and he is also being recruited by Alabama, Cal, Duke, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas, UCLA, Utah and Washington.
Jovan McConico is a 6-foot, 185-pound wide receiver and defensive back for Kent-Meridian High School in Kent, Washington (Class of 2018). He is rated three stars on Scout and is being recruited by Washington and Washington State. BYU is his first scholarship offer.
Cory Payne is a 5-foot-10, 160-pound wide receiver and defensive back for Cathedral High School in Los Angeles (Class of 2018). He is not rated, and BYU is his first scholarship offer.
Desmond Talley is a 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback from Long Beach, California (Class of 2018). He is rated three stars on Scout and has scholarship offers from BYU and Boise State. He is also being recruited by Arizona, Florida, LSU, Nevada, SDSU and UCLA.
Tre Weed is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete from Sumner, Washington (Class of 2018). He is rated three stars on Scout, and BYU is his first scholarship offer. He has seen recruiting interest from Washington and Washington State.
Brandon Jones is a 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback at Augustus Hawkins in downtown Los Angeles (Class of 2018). He has additional offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State and Utah.
His teammate, De’Gabriel Floyd, is a 6-foot-3, 220-pound athlete (Class of 2019) who has played running back and linebacker. Floyd is already rated four stars by Scout, and BYU is his 15th scholarship offer. Other offers include Cal, Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee and USC.
Chris Steele is a 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback for St. John Bosco in Bellflower, California (Class of 2019). He is not yet rated, but the sophomore already has seven offers, including Arizona, UCLA, Utah and Washington State. He runs a 4.45 in the forty.
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