I noticed that the Entering PAC 12 country billboard got shifted from the west
side of I-15 at the top of the hill at Point of the Mountain to the bottom of
the hill on the east side behind a building. You don't see the sign until
you get right too it. I had a good chuckle about it yesterday coming home from
the MTC after dropping off my daughter. Karma perhaps?
GoRed"The difference between our two programs is that Utah has
interesting, challenging games each and every week."Remind us
what interesting and challenging games the Utes have had during bowl week the
past two seasons.Being a perennial punching bag for the big boys of
the PAC 12 will eventually get old even for the most die hard kids living under
the crimson bubble.
@gored...So the utes have games against interesting opponents every
week??? Let me see, Weber State, WSU, Colorado, and then watching them get
burried by Arizona, OSU, UCLA, USC, Oregon and not playing in a bowl for two
years... That's interesting stuff alright... zzzz...Meanwhile the Cougs
drubbing of National Powerhouse Texas and Boise State (who the utes have never
beaten) is boring right??? lol.The ute games were so exciting that
they had 25,000 show up for the game between their new rivals (the Colorado
Buffalos) and half of those left around half time.BYU will average
well over 60,000 fans a game this year... if the utes were to even sell out they
would have 20% to 25% less folks watch their home games...The
ute's new motto..."We are not very good, but their are a couple of
teams in our conference that are okay"...lol.
Way to go, Austin Chambers!!!
Good class for not being in the PAC 12!
@GoRedI find BYU's games every bit as interesting as the ones
the Utes are playing. I loved watching MTS last year. Most football fans know
Middle Tennessee has some lower level SEC level recruits and has been a winning
program for several years. Besides, MTS was one of the best programs for
takeaways last year, and has a pretty good defense. While it isn't the
rivalry that Utah has been, MTS is just as important to the national scene as
Utah is. However its the games against likely ranked Texas, UCF, Houston, USU
and the game against Boise that make the schedule so nice.
GoRed,"..each game is exciting and worthwhile for us season
ticket holders. I don't think the same can be said for your games."And yet attendance in Provo is often twice as much as in Salt Lake.
I'd say that speaks volumes about the loyalty of the fan base.
This issue here is recruiting. BYU clearly out-recuited Utah, and yet
detractors divert to unrelated and unsupported hyperbole.
Cougsndawgs,The difference between our two programs is that Utah has
interesting, challenging games each and every week. This upcoming season the
schedule includes Michigan and a very tough Fresno State team (11-2 last year,
1st place in the MWC) in addition to Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, etc. BYU, on the other hand, will be playing such teams as UNLV (always bad),
Middle Tennessee State (who?), Cal (1-11 in the PAC 12 last season), and
Savannah State (really?). It's true, Utah has increased their competition
bigtime. But each game is exciting and worthwhile for us season ticket holders.
I don't think the same can be said for your games.
To Crisp -- the times, they are a changing. Stay turned.
While it's nice for the high school kids to get all the attention, half the
recruits for all teams don't pan out. Injuries, homesickness, lack of
effort etc. I've lost my enthusiasm for signing day anymore as every team
hypes it up. Seems like grade inflation too, so many four stars and three stars
anymore you would think every high schooler is an all American.
According to ESPN:BYU offers who signed with Utah: 1ChristiansenUtah offers who signed with BYU: 6BlackmonBushmanFugaKaufusiLeiatauaFonua
GoRed:You should be concerned about that as a ute fan. Stanford's
class is ridiculous this year, so he would have much better chances at Utah as
well. PAC12 did VERY well recruiting this year....well the elite programs did.
The future is not looking up for the utes I'm afraid when looking at the
kind of classes USC, ASU, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon, and Washington had this year.
This was Utah's worst class since joining the PAC12...I'd worry about
who U can start and give playing time to that will help U compete.
@ GoRedUm there are actually articles stating why he switched.Nice
spin though on a kid that passed up the U.
Like Bronco always says, we never signed anyone we didn't recruit or was it
we never lost a recruit who wanted to sign?
Leiataua switched from Stanford because he was told that he would not be getting
playing time right away (probably wouldn't have played in the near future,
either). At BYU he would have little competition.
Actually turned out to be a pretty steller class, from my count it looks like 4
4 star recruits, Kurtz, Blackmon, Warner, and Nacua. Seems like we got everyone
we really wanted other than Mama. Was pumped about Blackmon, now it seems
we've got some fast receivers to stretch the field, something we've
been missing. Looks like the defense is in great shape for many years to come as
well. Seems to me that BYU won the recruiting battle in the state,
now let's hope that translates onto the field. Great Job to all the
coaches, a pretty exciting day!
What a class! So excited to see these guys especially the ones who should make
an immediate impact. FOUR 4 star recruits if you count Kurtz who is 4 star
according to rivals. Well done!
Looks like Leiataua has signed. Nice! Yes, it does seem there are more 3-4
star recruits this year. Interesting to see if a certain fan base we all know
will all of a sudden change their tune to say stars don't matter.
Personally, I think in some ways in matters but it's certainly not
everything. Just compare Heaps and Hoffman to see the truth in that. Overall,
I'd say this is a nice class. There's always a bit of mystery out
there with missionaries coming and going. Pretty impressive that we went head
to head with USC and got 3 of the 4. No one really thought we'd get Mama
anyway-- just not realistic. Excited to see the WR's, LB's and
linemen. All the right pieces. Go Coug's!!
Leiataua flipped from Stanford to BYU, good get for the cougars!
LEIATAUA was a last minute switch from Stanford to BYU!
What's up with all the 3 and 4 star recruits? I thought BYU only landed 1
and 2 star athletes.
Has Leiataua signed with BYU or did he go elsewhere?
All the recruiting sites have us getting Mariner and Pau'u, are they still
coming to BYU? Not that either is highly ranked, just wondering on their status.
Nacua is in, now we need Leiataua and it will have been a good day for BYU
SportsFan:I hope you're right about Nacua. That would be
awesome...and 3 four star recruits now that Fred W and Blackmon have signed. And
other services have Kurtz listed as 4 star as well. This is shaping up to be a
nice class, and you know what I like most about it? It has some speed and
athletes...something BYU has been lacking in. Welcome to the Blue
recruits, we're excited to have you!
Fred Warner just signed
Fred Warner just signed with BYU. A great addition!!!
I am being told Nacua is BYU bound. His mother thanked Bronco yesterday for
opening up a scholarship for him even after they pulled their offer when he
decided to play out the recruiting process this past fall, that is what I am
SportsFan:I think Takitaki is solid for BYU he just hasn't sent his
in yet either. My understanding is that Warner is also waiting but will commit
to BYU (according to a grad assistant I know). Who knows on Nacua and Leiatua.
At least they got the best possible outcome at WR, 2 of the top JUCO guys and
the UTEP transfer were big gets for BYU. WR should be a strength with those guys
Happy to see Blackmon and Leslie on the list. Still hopeful for Nacua, Warner
and Leiataua. Small but good recruiting class.
No Warner hasn't sent his in yet. I'm excited about Devon Blackmon
though...he can be something special and is rated 4 stars and Juco top 50 by
ESPN (above Nick Kurtz).
Mama to USC, Sutton to SMU, Nacua's mother said he is going to BYU.
Anything on Warner, Leiataua, or Takitaki?
Mama to USC, Sutton to SMU, still nothing on Warner or Leiataua, Nacua's
mom said he is going to BYU. Anybody know about Takitaki?
No Fred Warner? Did we lose him to USC?
I'm excited to see some of the late signees. BYUs recruiting class will
rank lower overall because they will only have 15-16 recruits but they are
getting quality players. And yes, could we change the headline: BYUs
2014 recruiting class of 2014 sounds just a tad redundant.
How is the OL coming for the this year of 2014? That is the most critical, as it
was last year, in which it had its problems.
Already a decent signing class even without some of the big-time stars who are
currently question marks. If we get any of those (Mama, Nacua, Sutton,
Leiataua) I think we did o.k. BYU usually ranks around 60-70 and we should be
around there again this year.
Isn't "BYU's 2014 recruiting class of 2014" redundantly
repeating itself over and over?Anywho, good luck to all of the new
A great 2014 recruiting class shaping up for BYU - looking forward to hearing
all about it at the Cougar Club luncheon today.