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Published: Monday, April 14 2014 1:16 p.m. MDT

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Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

I love that we've landed another "preferred walk-on" for the football team. While Hayden wasn't highly recruited, the student body president who was seeing some interest from Harvard seems like a great fit at the Y. I hope he can play his way into a scholarship. Welcome to cougarnation Hayden! Go Cougs!

Whatsnu
Sandy, UT

Hayden and Kyle both seem like great young men who will be fine additions to BYU's football program.

IndeMak
South Jordan, UT

Sounds like a great kid.

wahului
Stockton, CA

Great News!! Now let's get his brother onboard along with Porter Gustin!! Bronco has said numerous times that he wants to capture the outstanding LDS athletes, and these are all in that league! Go get them!!!

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

"Griffitts is a 6-foot-3, 222-pound quarterback prospect..."

Not according to Rivals, who'd measured him as a 6-1, 198-lbs QB. Nor Scout either (6-1, 195).

"I had a lot of schools real interested until I told them my plans to serve an LDS mission."

The way he'd described it, you'd think he'd been actively engaged by teams from the FSU, Miami, and the rest of the SEC. Yet all that had happened was he'd been scouted (but not offered) by Utah, USU, AFA, Harvard, and Weber St.

"My plan was to serve a mission right out of high school, so when I told schools, they backed off."

Yeah, I'm sure THAT was reason. Not that he'd been rated as a 0-star QB.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Wiscougarfan:

"While Hayden wasn't highly recruited, the student body president who was seeing some interest from Harvard seems like a great fit at the Y."

The way I'd read it, it was his twin brother (Kyle) who was the student body president.

It's great that you're excited about landing a 0-star QB, but you guys had already demonstrated a strong aptitude at reeling in the 2-star type gridders. You might be selling yourself a bit short here.

Christopher B
Ogden, UT

So of the 60 or so power conference schools, exactly 0 have offered him?

That's all we need to know.

the world
Woods Cross, UT

Navel Vet: "The way he'd described it, you'd think he'd been actively engaged by teams from the FSU, Miami, and the rest of the SEC. Yet all that had happened was he'd been scouted (but not offered) by Utah, USU, AFA, Harvard, and Weber St."

He didn't claim to be offered by anyone, and he didn't identify or even hint at their caliber.

The only problem I see is your habit of making unsupported inferences.

nhatch82
Eagle Mountain, UT

to the ute fans that find it necessary to mock this signing....You do realize this kid is a walk on right? We don't think he is going to be the next steve young. just like how your Oklahoma transfer probably won't even play.

Erin G.
Windermere, FL

Not according to Rivals, who'd measured him as a 6-1, 198-lbs QB. Nor Scout either (6-1, 195). Those were stats from his freshman year. They never updated them.

Big 12 Call Yet?
Ogden, UT

nhatch,

Our Oklahoma kid was wanted by many big time programs, including Oklahoma

Yours? 0 power conference teams wanted him.

Enough said

guitarboy
South Jordan, UT

I enjoyed the article. The Griffeths packages looks great.

the world: You mean, vN (Naval Vet) has a habit of making unsupported inferences? Who knew?

Wiscougarfan
River Falls, WI

Naval

If you're going to mock a walk-on for saying that schools were interested in him you should list all the schools that were interested (which might require you to look at more than recruitment website rather than cherry picking). In addition to Utah, USU, AFA, Harvard, and Weber St. (rivals) he saw interest from USC and Florida State (scout). But keep playing the stars card, because that is ever so important in evaluating walk-ons.

We don't know if Hayden will ever play for the Cougars, but we do know that he'll get a fabulous education at a very unique university.

BIGDAWGCOUGAR
Burley, ID

Naval Vet, I would trust BYU's judgement with QB over Utah's any day. BYU has a Heisman trophy, Utah doesn't. Sure we had Ryley Nelson, but hey Wynn, Wilson, Hayes, etc etc. If BYU goes after him it's because he is good....

nhatch82
Eagle Mountain, UT

@Big 12?

so this kid leaves a big time program at Oklahoma to try and get some playing time at a cellar dweller PAC 11 team and still wont play. How great of a pick up could that possibly be? This kid is a walk on and will probably not ever step on the field other than to stretch out. Seems like they are pretty similar. But hey you guys know all because of the great research program the utes provide to the pac 12 so you are probably right.

let's roll
LEHI, UT

Since the BCS is gone, we're calling them Power Conferences now? Power to do what? Cross your fingers and hope that some selection committee picks you for the four team playoff? But wait, aren't there more than four "Power" conferences? How can that be?

And who designated these conferences Power Conferences? I've lived in PAC territory since the '60s, was an Oregon fan when Dan Fouts was the quarterback and Ahmad Rashad was the tailback. Always been a fan of teams, not of conferences. Those who feel compelled to beat the drum about their conference clearly don't think they have much to say about their team...e.g. see my friends at OSU.

IMO, with the death of the BCS, there are no power conferences, nobody gets a guaranteed seat at the table. At this point, there are only power teams in college football.

I'll continue to be a fan of the my boyhood team, the Ducks, USC (lived in CA for 20 yrs), and the teams where I went to school, the Utes and the Cougars, can't say I've ever been a fan of the PAC, or any other, conference.

never break .500
Los Angeles, CA

Soooo, thanks for self identifying as a member of a "power conference." Does getting conference money and never winning even close to as many games as you lose qualify you to diminish walk-ons at the Y?

We all know, and Coach Whit can see as his job is in terrific jeopardy that that power conference experiment has been a dismal failure except for those that schedule you within that conference. Those teams love the U. I know, you won a game vs BYU and Stanford last year….we all know that…how the rest of the season go?

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Erin G.:

"Not according to Rivals, who'd measured him as a 6-1, 198-lbs QB. Nor Scout either (6-1, 195). Those were stats from his freshman year. They never updated them."

That's not supported anywhere. You made that up. How frantic and emotional of you.

Duckhunter:

"He's a walk on that had three preferred walk on offers, BYU, USU, and utah...in otherwords [sic] utah wanted him just as much as BYU..."

That's not supported anywhere. You made that up. How frantic and emotional of you.

guitarboy:

So now you're stalking me in TWO periodicals? Your creepy obsession with me knows no limits. And for what it's worth, I didn't make any "unsupported inferences". I "supported" it with a cut-&-paste quote from him.

Hawk
Littleton, CO

Wow, I'm amazed how threatened Naval Vet and co. seem to be by this little-known walk-on QB who happens to want to play for BYU. I guess years of QB futility can take a toll....

I hope the best for this kid on his mission and look forward to seeing him in Provo. Will he be an impact player? Who knows? All we really know about him at this point is that he throws a LOT of touchdowns against very few picks. Sounds like a pretty solid foundation on which to start. Welcome aboard, Hayden!

never break .500
Los Angeles, CA

some people are so fascinated with BYU walkons they search and search to find height and weight figures from earlier in high school….most people are smaller and lighter earlier in their teen years. I'm sure teams in the "power conferences" only have players that were well over 200lbs when they turned 16 in high school.

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