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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 5 2013 9:00 a.m. MST

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Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

I'm excited about Hill as a QB. As far as Hill vs. Wilson though, I think as far as pure arm strength Hill and Wilson are very similar. At least up until this point in time Hill appears to be a better athlete. He appears to be stronger and faster, even though Wilson is taller.

One of the things I'm most excited about with Taysom Hill is his upside between the ears. He had a scholarship offer to Stanford. Stanford doesn't offer scholarships to idiots. It's been a long time since we've had a really SMART QB. I think John Beck (besides the two games we had from James Lark) may have been the last level-headed guy BYU has had under center, and I get that same vibe from Taysom Hill. I'm excited to see how he develops.



Cottonwood Heights, UT

Will this turn into Riley Nelson part 2?

In all actuality I see Anae going a different direction altogether with his starting QB. Guessing he'll take a better passing QB versus the run first style of Taysom Hill. We'll see though, perhaps not."

Who do they have on the roster who is better? I don't think Mangum returns from a mission until next year and furthermore, even if he has Hill has game experience.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA


"Why would Stanford waste a scholarship on a 3-star QB from Idaho if they already had a deep bench stockpiled with 4-star QB recruits?"

Because Hill signed in 2009. That class had only 2 QBs: 4-star Josh Nunes, and Hill.

In 2010, Stanford signed 4-star Brett Nottingham, and 3-star recruits Dallas Lloyd and Darren Daniel (both of whom were ranked higher at their position than Hill was back in '09).

In 2011, Stanford signed 2 more 3-star QBs in Kevin Hogan (also higher ranked than Hill) and Evan Crower.

In 2012, already deep at the QB position, Stanford signed none. They already had 4-star Andrew Luck under center, with 4-stars like Nunes and Nottingham backing him up. There appeared to be very little chance for the four 3-star QBs backing THEM up. That's not spin. Stanford simply wasn't looking for a QB back in 2012 when Wilson was being recruited. The "spin" was that Stanford went all the way to Idaho to grab Hill with Wilson playing right down I-5 South, as some sort of validation that Hill > Wilson. Fail!


Y's little brother
Sandy, UT

Naval Vet

How could the Cardinal overlook such a prized recruit as Travis Wilson, even if they were already stocked at QB? Must not have had what it takes between the ears to cut it at Stanford.

Bottom line, no matter how you slice it:

Taysom Hill signed with Stanford.

Travis Wilson wasn't even considered by Stanford.

It's interesting that Jordan Wynn was ranked higher than Joe Southwick or Taysom Hill in 2009, yet the Cardinal recruited Hill (from Idaho) rather than Wynn (Oceanside) or Southwick (Danville - right in Stanford's backyard). Southwick as you know played at Boise State.

Kinda makes you wonder why Stanford went after Taysom instead of those other "higher" rated QB's, doesn't it?

Hyrum, UT

Chris B is the funniest commenter for Deseret News sports articles I've ever read. He obviously sits around all day watching and waiting for a new article about BYU, so he can be the first to list his ignorant and uninformed comment. Never fails. Since the U football program is no longer very interesting to watch, this has become his main pastime. What a shame. What a waste!

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Y's little brother:

"Taysom Hill signed with Stanford...Travis Wilson wasn't even considered by Stanford."

...and Taysom hill wasn't even considered by UCLA or Washington, whereas Wilson was. Bottom line, Wilson was the higher rated QB between the two. You lost the argument. That must be why you're now trying to change the argument into a Hill-Wynn one. What does Hill-Wynn have anything to do with Wilson?

And FWIW, Hill was the #30 Pro-style QB of the 2009 class. Wynn was ranked #22. There's really not a whole lot of separation between the 2. Perhaps Stanford preferred the 210-lbs QB to the 150-lbs one.

West Jordan, Utah

Yes stars matter. They are just nowhere near an exact science. Where BYU is different than other schools who sign less noticeable players is that BYU does there homework on guys that love the program, are likely to play hard, stay clean with the honor code, and are noteworthy citizens.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Re: Naval Vet

Actually Jordan Wynn was 34th so . . . just saying.

On another interesting note, though, Cody Vaz of Oregon St. was 33rd in that class and Joe Southwick of Boise State was 32nd. Kind of interesting.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Cougar Claws:

I was -- as always -- referring to Rivals ranking. And in that regard, my posted rankings were accurate. Wynn was #22, and Hill was #30. Just saying.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Re: Naval Vet

Of course you would reference the site that makes your team looks as best as possible. But, to each his own.

Down under
Pullman, WA

Wow Chris B. What a cheap shot right off the bat.

Idaho Falls, ID

Those taking pot shots at Taysom Hill are way off base. The super athletic QB with a strong arm IS the modern quarterback. Look at the guys who are turning heads in college and carrying it into the NFL--Cam Newton, RGIII, Kapernick, Johnny Manziel (not pro yet)--just to name a few. Though not as refined, Taysom Hill is of the same mold as these guys. And no, he is NOT just a bigger and faster Riley Nelson. This guy has far more skills. If we can get a coach who will work on Taysom's throwing mechanics, he will be very, very good.

I am very excited about the prospect of Taysom as the starting QB for BYU. He typifies the present and future of college and professional football. All of the above mentioned beat teams with their legs and their arms. I expect to see the same from Hill.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

Taysom should make a great QB. He is smart and accurate when passing. His escape dimension is incredible. Under Anae BYU will return to its passing roots. Taysom will be like Steve Young, good with his feet and his arm.

It is an absolute shame that back up QB's languish on the bench. Every other position have more opportunities to play and develop. Many of BYU's backup QB's could have played in the NFL if only they had the experience in college.

James Lark could have been an NFL QB given the chance under a coach like Anae.
Jake Heap would probably have stayed at BYU if Anae had stayed.

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