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Cougar Recruits: BYU football signees 2014 (+video, player bios)

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 1 2015 12:47 a.m. MDT

Brigham Young Cougars head coach Bronco Mendenhall celebrates a touchdown against Texas in Provo  Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013.  (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Brigham Young Cougars head coach Bronco Mendenhall celebrates a touchdown against Texas in Provo Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

PROVO — BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall's 10th recruiting class officially took shape Wednesday on National Letter of Intent signing day.

Recruits began faxing in their national letters of intent Wednesday morning.

Mendenhall held a news conference at 1 p.m. to discuss the players who have signed with the Cougars. The replay of the news conference can be watched at BYUtv Sports.

The following athletes signed letters of intent with BYU Wednesday — player bios provided by the BYU athletic department.

BYU's list of signees Wednesday morning:

Early signees

MICHAEL SHELTON: DB, 5-8, 170, Wakefield (N.C.) High School



Three star prospect by ESPN.com … No. 86 rated cornerback in the nation by ESPN.com … played both receiver and cornerback while helping Wakefield earn an 11-2 record and advance into the state playoffs … recorded a 4.43 time in the 40-yard dash and a vertical leap of 38 inches … made a team-high three interceptions on defense while adding 20 receptions for 277 yards on the offensive side of scrimmage in 2013 … averaged 13.9 yards per catch while scoring four touchdowns among his 20 catches … also recruited by Auburn … enrolled at BYU in January.

NICK KURTZ: WR, 6-6, 205, Grossmont (Calif.) College



Four-star JC prospect by Rivals.com is one of the nationís most sought-after JC players … No. 4 receiver prospect and No. 22 overall JC player in the country according to Rivals.com … with 4.5 speed and exceptional size, produced 1,301 yards and 18 touchdowns for Grossmontís passing attack the past two seasons … recorded six multi-touchdown games, including two three-TD outings, while totaling more than 100 yards on four occasions, including a single-game high of 174 yards … averaged nearly 15 yards per catch while amassing 87 receptions overall … contributed 67.1 receiving yards per game as a sophomore in 2013 to ranked No. 6 in the Southern California Football Associationís Southern Conference … named first team all-conference both seasons at Grossmont … enrolled in January at BYU as a junior with three years to complete his two remaining seasons of eligibility … Chose BYU among more than a dozen offers from programs including USC, Oregon and LSU.

Signing Day

FRED WARNER: LB, 6-3, 210, Mission Hills (Calif.) High School



Four star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN.com … two-year letterman is No. 15-rated outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com and No. 25 overall prospect from California … No. 27 outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com … rated No. 26 outside linebacker by 247Sports and the No. 32 prospect overall from California … named All-California First Team by USA Today … named Cal-Hi Sports All-State First Team … as a senior, helped lead Mission Hills High School to a No. 9 ranking by MaxPreps in Southern California, compiling a 12-2 record and the San Diego Section Open Division title to advance to the Division I Regional Bowl … Despite not playing full games in five of 10 regular-season contests, Warner recorded 90 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, nine quarterback hurries, two interceptions, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovering and one defensive touchdown while also blocking three punts and one kick … recruited by Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Nebraska, New Mexico State, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State.

CHANDON HERRING: OL, 6-7, 270, Perry (Ariz.) High School

Three star prospect by ESPN.com … No. 17 overall recruit from Arizona and No. 73 rated offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com … played both offense and defense for Perry High School … totaled 30 tackles and one sack as a defensive lineman and played offensive tackle on the offensive attack … also throws shot put and discus on the track team, with top distances of 40-feet, 9 inches in the shot put and 117 feet in the discus … recruited by Air Force, Arizona, Arizona State, San Jose State and Washington State.

TREJAN KOROMA: OL, 6-0, 255, Allen (Texas) High School



Three star recruit by ESPN.com … No. 25-rated center in the nation by ESPN.com … key offensive lineman and team captain on the nationís No. 2-ranked (Scout.com) Allen High School Eagles in Allen, Texas … won 5A-1 crown in 2012 with 15-1 record and repeated in 2013 with perfect 16-0 mark … helped offensive attack average 50.4 points per game in 2013 to extend winning streak to 27 straight victories … named 5A first team all-state by the Texas Sports Writerís Association … as a senior was a 5A first-team all-state and a DFW class 5A all-area first team selection by the Associated Press … totaled 110 pancake blocks over his junior and senior seasons … recruited by Air Force, Arkansas State, Army, New Mexico, UTEP.

AUSTIN CHAMBERS: OL, 6-5, 297, Shawnee Mission West (Kan.) High School



Three star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com, 247 Sports.com and ESPN.com … No. 7 overall prospect from Kansas and No. 58 offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com … No. 13 overall recruit from Kansas by ESPN.com … VarsityKansas.com 6A All-State honorable mention … Kansas City Star All-Sunflower League selection … All-State, All-League and All-Metro honoree helped Shawnee Mission West High School to the 6A state championship in 2012 … recruited by Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame.

TEANCUM "TICO" FUGA: DL, 6-1, 280, Edison (Calif.) High School



Three star recruit by Scout.com, 247Sports.com and ESPN.com … No. 68 ranked defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com and No. 78 ranked defensive tackle by ESPN.com … All CIF First Team, All-County, All-Sunset League and the Sunset League MVP as senior in 2013 at Edison High School … two-way player at defensive tackle and offensive guard … also All-CIF and All-Sunset League as a junior helping Chargers to Sunset League and Southwest Division titles and CIF Division II State Regional Championship runner-up finish … totaled 63 tackles, including 37 solo takedowns in nine games anchoring the defensive line … added nine sacks and one quarterback hurry … younger brother of former Cougar defensive line standout Romney Fuga … recruited by Boise State, Utah, Utah State, Washington.

TYLER COOK: LB, 6-3, 220, Vista Murrieta (Calif.) High School



Three star recruit by ESPN.com, Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … 4.51 40-yard dash … No. 37 outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com and No. 45 overall prospect from California … All-CIF Inland Division … had 226 tackles, 19 sacks, 37 tackles for loss and 70 quarterback hurries in three varsity seasons while adding 10 pass breakups, nine forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries … as a senior helped Vista Murrieta to a 12-2 record, No. 9 ranking in California and No. 44 rating nationally with 90 tackles, including 49 solo takedowns, 37 quarterback hurries, five sacks and 14 tackles for loss … had 58 tackles, 21 quarterback hurries, 7.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss as a junior and 78 tackles, 12 quarterback hurries, 6.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore … All-Conference, All-County and All-Area and helped school to CIF-SS Inland Division title in 2011 … recruited by Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado, Colorado State, Duke, Fresno State, Hawaii, Kansas State, Miami (Fla.), Nevada, San Jose State, UCLA, Utah State, Vanderbilt, Washington, Washington State, Yale.

JORDAN LESLIE: WR, 6-3, 210, UTEP

Paced UTEP with 44 receptions for 612 yards and 7 touchdown catches on 2-10 Miner team in 2013 … averaged 13.9 yards per catch with a long reception of 75 yards … earned All-Conference USA honorable mention and Phil Steele All-Conference USA Third Team honors … has compiled eight career 100-yard receiving games, tying for the eighth-most in UTEP history … ranks ninth in C-USA in receiving yards per game (51.0) and 58th nationally in receiving touchdowns … registered three consecutive showings this past season with 100 yards receiving … as a sophomore in 2012 being coached by current BYU receivers coach Guy Holliday, led the Miners in receptions (51), yards per catch (19.1), yards per game (81.1) and overall receiving yards (973) and ranked second on the squad in touchdown catches (6) … ranked fourth in Conference USA and 39th nationally with his 81.1 yard per game … set career highs for both single-game receptions (10) and yards (218) while becoming the sixth Miner with 200-plus receiving yards in a game at Tulsa … blocked a punt that was returned for a TD against UCF.

DEVON BLACKMON: WR, 6-1, 185, Riverside (Calif.) City College



Four-star JC prospect by ESPN.com who helped Riverside City College to a 10-2 record in 2013 after transferring from Oregon … is No. 4 rated JC receiver by ESPN.com and 27th on ESPNís JC50 list of top junior college prospects … No. 9 rated JC receiver in the nation by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … rated as No. 14 overall prospect out of California by 247Sports.com … totaled 526 yards and 6 touchdowns on 29 receptions for the Tigers, averaging 18.1 yards per catch with long reception of 69 yards … added 265 on kick returns, averaging 29.4 yards per return … ran kick return back 98 yards for a touchdown … high school teammate of BYU running back Jamaal Williams at Summit High School in Fontana, Calif. … played in the 2011 Under Armour All-America game, producing one of the gameís top highlights with a 58-yard touchdown reception … also recruited by Arizona, California, Colorado, Fresno State, Illinois, Kansas State, Utah, Washington.

ISAIAH KAUFUSI: DB, 6-2, 175, Brighton High School



Three star recruit by ESPN.com and Scout.com … Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune 5A All-State First Team selection … USA Today All-State First Team honoree … earned first-team All-Region accolades as both a junior and senior … No. 11 overall recruit from Utah and No. 99 rated outside linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com … helped Brighton HS to a 12-2 record in 2013 and No. 4 rating in Utah by MaxPreps … three-year starter at receiver and defensive back … recorded 92 tackles, 4 sacks and 3 interceptions as a senior and 39.5 tackles, 2 sacks and 4 interceptions as a junior … also averaged 18.5 yards per catch on offense in 2013, totaling 609 yards and 6 touchdowns on 33 receptions … recruited by Hawaii, Utah, Utah State.

MATT BUSHMAN: TE, 6-5, 215, Sabino (Ariz.) High School



Three star recruit by 247Sports.com, ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com … No. 14 rated tight end in the nation by ESPN.com … No. 10-rated tight end prospect in the West by Scout.com … No. 13 overall player from Arizona by ESPN.com and No. 18 overall player from Arizona by Rivals.com … MaxPreps 2013 Medium Schools All-America First Team … 2014 Parade Magazine All-America High School Team honorable mention … 24-7Football.com 2013 Arizona All-D3 Team … Arizona Republic Division III All-State Team … Arizona Football Coaches Association Top 25 and Division III All-State Team … Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl invitee … helped Sabino High School advance to state quarterfinals with 9-3 record and 5-0 league mark in 2013 … totaled 123 receptions for 2,891 yards and 42 touchdowns during high school career … made 63 catches for 1,583 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior in 2013 … long reception went for 78 yards while averaging 25.13 yards per catch overall … totaled 27 TDs overall as a senior … two-sport athlete will also play college baseball with the Cougars … recruited by Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, Duke, Nevada, Pennsylvania, San Diego State, Utah.

ZAC DAWE: DL, 6-4, 280, Pleasant Grove High School



Three star prospect by Scout.com, Rivals.com 247Sports.com and ESPN.com … No. 5 overall recruit from Utah and No. 52 rated defensive tackle prospect in the nation by ESPN.com … No. 10 overall prospect from Utah by Rivals.com … Deseret News, Salt Lake Tribune and USA Today 5A All-State First Team as a senior in 2013 … two-time All-American heavyweight wrestler was a two-way player on Pleasant Grove High Schoolís offensive and defensive lines … earned all-state honors as a senior at both left tackle on offense and nose guard on defense … named Wendyís Heisman Award for state of Utah, selected for excellence in athletics, academics and community service … Deseret News 5A All-State honorable mention as a junior in 2012 … recorded 104 total tackles, including 81 solo take downs during his career at Pleasant Grove High School … added 9 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and scored a touchdown for the Vikings … recorded 7 sacks, 41 tackles and 32 solo tackles as a senior despite playing more snaps on offense in 2013 … helped the Vikings to 9-3 record and No. 8 ranking to advance to state quarterfinals in 5A …runs 4.9 40-yard dash … recruited by Utah and Utah State.

KAVIKA FONUA: DB, 5-11, 185, Syracuse High School



Three star recruit by ESPN.com, Scout.com and Rivals.com … No. 9 overall prospect from the state of Utah by Rivals.com … No. 76 safety prospect in the nation by Scout.com … 2013 Deseret News 5A All-State First Team … Salt Lake Tribune All-State Second Team … 2013 Utah Region I Co-MVP … 2012 Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune All-State First Team … All-Area First Team in 2012 and 2013 … set eight school records at Syracuse High School … two-way player helped Titans to 8-2 record and 5-1 region finish in 2013 … totaled 175 tackles and 6 interceptions on defense during his high school career, while contributing to the offense 1,071 rushing yards on 143 carries and 413 receiving yards on 23 catches … totaled 16 rushing touchdowns and 5 receiving TDs … as a senior made 74 tackles with 2 interceptions on defense while rushing for 740 yards and 13 TDs and adding 214 receiving yards and an additional three scores … averaged 8.3 tackles per game as a junior to post triple-digit tackles on the season along with 4 tackles for loss, 2 safeties, 4 interceptions and 4 forced fumbles … posted a SPARQ score of 123.3 at Nike Football Training Camp (NTFC) in Dallas … earned Nike All-Defensive Team recognition at Texas, California and Oregon NTFC … also named Defensive MVP with 2 interceptions at Oregon combine … ran a 4.48 40-yard dash at NTFC … rated as No. 3 safety to attend Nike combines across the country … earned MVP honors at Mountain Elite Camp … recruited by Utah.

TREY DYE: WR, 5-9, 175, Cooper (Texas) High School



Three star prospect by ESPN.com and 247Sports.com … Texas Class 5A All-State honorable mention and 5A All-District selection by AP … totaled 670 receiving yards and 1,690 rushing yards in two seasons … averaged 7.8 yards per carry to total 1,690 yards and 27 touchdowns on the ground on 218 carries … made 39 receptions for 670 yards and five touchdowns out of the slot to average 17.2 yards per catch … long run was 64 yards and long reception when for 32 yards … averaged 7.6 yards per carry and 19.5 yards per catch as a senior in 2013 to contribute 1,949 yards and 29 touchdowns … offensive player of the game in win 56-31 win over Abilene … rushed for 282 yards and two touchdowns against Arlington Lamar … helped Cooper High School advance to 2013 UIL State playoffs … 4.48 40-yard dash … son of former BYU receiver and return specialist James Dye.

JATERRIUS GULLEY: DL, 6-3, 325 Hoover (Ala.) High School



Defensive tackle on Hoover High School team that achieved a perfect 30-0 record over the past two seasons and was named the 2013 USA High School Football Public School National Champion … started as a junior and senior to anchor defensive line on back-to-back Alabama 6A State Championship teams … Hoover completed a perfect 15-0 record and 7-0 league mark this past season on way to earning the No. 1 ranking in Alabama by MaxPreps.com and the No. 5 overall ranking nationally of both private and public schools by USA Today … tallied 85 tackles for the Buccaneers as a junior, including 48 solo tackles … strong run-stopping presence in the middle played key role in Hooverís 2013 state title victory … 2013 All-Hoover/South honorable mention selection … 34-inch vertical jump, 405-pound bench press and 525-pound squat … recruited by Louisville, UAB, Hawaii, Memphis, Western Kentucky, Central Arkansas, Southeastern Louisiana.

ISAIAH NACUA: DL, 6-3, 250, Timpview High School



Four star prospect by ESPN.com … No. 3 overall prospect from the state of Utah by ESPN.com … No. 28 defensive end prospect nationally by ESPN.com … 2013 4A All-State First Team by the Deseret News … Salt Lake Tribune and USA Today All-State First Team … helped lead Timpview to a 14-1 record and the 2013 4A State Championship … totaled 71 tackles and 18.5 sacks his senior year … totaled 59 tackles and 8.5 sacks as a junior at No. 15 Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas … helped Bishop Gorman to a 15-1 record and its fourth consecutive state championship … named Las Vegas Review Journal 2012 All-State First Team … also recruited by Arizona State, Utah and Utah State

SIONE TAKITAKI: LB, 6-3, 240, Heritage (Calif.) High School



Three star prospect by ESPN.com, Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … No. 24 inside linebacker in the nation and No. 49 overall prospect from California by ESPN.com … All-CIF Southern Section Central Division and Defensive Player of the Year … helped Heritage High School to a 13-1 record as a senior with 81 tackles, including 74 solo takedowns and 3.5 sacks … totaled 193 tackles over his three-year varsity career with 162 solo tackles, 21.5 sacks and 42.5 tackles for loss while also adding a blocked punt, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception … also played offense as a junior and senior, totaling 1,673 yards rushing and 25 touchdowns to average 7.12 yards per carry … long run as a junior was 53 yards and he broke off an 80-yard gallop as a senior … added nine receptions for 125 yards and one touchdown to average 13.9 yards per catch … recruited by Arizona, Boise State, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State, Utah, Washington State, Wisconsin

EARL MARINER: DL, 6-4, 300, Washburn Rural (Kan.) High School



No. 15 overall prospect from Kansas by ESPN.com and No. 17 Kansas recruit by 247Sports.com … Topeka Citizen Journal All-Class 6A All-State and All-City selection … invitee to prestigious Kansas Shrine Bowl, 41st annual game featuring stateís top players … averaged 3 tackles per game as defensive tackle in middle of Washburn Rural defense … had 12 tackles, seven solo takedowns, two quarterback hurries and one interception for the Blues in four games of action in 2013 … No. 49 prospect from Kansas overall by MaxPreps.

URIAH LEIATAUA: DL, 6-3, 245, Dominguez (Calif.) High School



Three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … No. 33 weakside defensive end by Rivals.com … No. 69 defensive end nationally by Scout.com … All-CIF Defense First Team and All-CIF Southeast Division selection … San Gabriel Valley League MVP and second-team Press Telegraph Dream Team honoree … helped lead Dominquez High School to an 8-4 record and 4-1 league finish in 2013 … recorded 24 sacks over the past two seasons, tracking down opponent quarterbacks 13 times as a senior and 11 times as a junior … 4.8 40-yard dash with 275 bench press … exceptional student achieving a 4.2 grade point average including advanced placement credits … recruited by Stanford, Colorado, Colorado State, UCLA, USC, Washington State, Wisconsin, Yale

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