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Published: Sunday, Aug. 12 2012 10:16 p.m. MDT

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CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

Welcome aboard!

In other Running Back news - Quezada announced he is going to Fresno State, and he was also baptized. Great news on the later. Still wish he was at BYU.

JP Skillet
Salt Lake City, UT

Wyoming, Portland State and Idaho, wow that's some heavy competition I'm glad to pick him up. 22 recruits who haven't even played their senior year huh? Interesting. I'm wondering if it's proven that the kids who are good college players were great as juniors. How about picking up some seniors will there be any scholarships available?

SportzFan
Salt Lake City, UT

JP Skillet, I suggest you familiarize yourself even a tiny bit with college recruiting and then come back and comment.

IndeMak
South Jordan, UT

It's great to see BYU can still beat out Wyoming, Idaho and Portland State. What a fierce battle.

LonestarRunner
Salt Lake City, UT

Its great to see BYU continuing to find diamonds in the rough. Welcome aboard Darrin!

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Welcome aboard and would love to see you running over players alike of Harvey Unga. You are welcome at BYU.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

On another note I heard that the wr from Cottonwood hs, Lotulelei, decommitted from UCLA and committed to BYU a few days ago. I haven't seen anything in the paper about it. Anyone know if that is true?

Koke
Spanish Fork, UT

I liked the fact that he could take hits and run over people. Good attributes for an up the middle back. On the other hand, he seemed a bit slow to me. I'm concerned that without more speed, the elite teams will close on him too quickly and crush him.

If you went with a two back formation, however, it could cause problems for the defense because you wouldn't know if he were going to be the blocking back for an outside run, or bring it himself up the middle.

onewoodwacker
Puyallup, WA

"...said Laufasa. “I’m Catholic, but I loved the idea of going to school with other staunch Christians..."

I'm LDS and live in Washington and I can tell you: that's not a comment I hear very often around these parts! HA! :-)

Congratulations on earning the D-1 scholarship Darrin.

kaspercasey
gilbert, AZ

I also have my doubts about BYU's recruiting ability. I guess the honor code must really make it hard to get some of those top tier guys (i.e. Manti Te'o). Who knows maybe some of these two star kids end up being the next Cody Hoffman or Manase Tonga.

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

@Koke
"I liked the fact that he could take hits and run over people. Good attributes for an up the middle back. On the other hand, he seemed a bit slow to me. I'm concerned that without more speed, the elite teams will close on him too quickly and crush him"

Or, it could be that coaches see him playing FB at BYU where that top-end speed won't be as important as being a good blocker and receiver out of the backfield, like in the mold of Manase Tonga.

Cougar Passion
Salt Lake City, UT

I readily admit to being initially skeptical when I see BYU recruiting a non-LDS player no more highly valued by other programs than what I read here. However, does he have the size? Yes, and of course he could well get bigger. Does he have the running style similar to players like Tonga and Unga? Yes, so he quite certainly could play the valuable fullback position at BYU. But I think there's more to it than that. Most everyone knows that BYU athletics is considered a tool to help spread the "gospel" as viewed by the LDS Church. We usually think of that with regard to people seeing the team play. But what about those outside the church who come to BYU to play sports? I have lost count of the number who have converted to the church over the years in these situations. Of course, Josh Quezada just did as well, despite wanting to transfer. Ty Detmer did, and so did Austin Collie's dad. I suspect a portion of scholarships go to non-LDS players precisely because it gives them an environment conducive to accepting the "gospel" that they otherwise would not have.

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