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.
@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.
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.
"...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
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.
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?
Welcome aboard and would love to see you running over players alike of Harvey
Unga. You are welcome at BYU.
Its great to see BYU continuing to find diamonds in the rough. Welcome aboard
It's great to see BYU can still beat out Wyoming, Idaho and Portland State.
What a fierce battle.
JP Skillet, I suggest you familiarize yourself even a tiny bit with college
recruiting and then come back and comment.
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?
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.