Football is almost completely back in session around the country, which means this year’s college recruiting cycle is more than halfway over.
As such, the 2017 signing classes for BYU, Utah and Utah State are beginning to take shape, although there’s still a bunch of time remaining before prospects sign National Letters of Intent in February.
Here’s a refresher on all the players who have committed to the Cougars, Utes and Aggies thus far for 2017, along with notes on their performance from last week. As the season unfolds, we’ll share pertinent in-state recruiting information and highlight notable outings among commits from the previous week in prep football.
Jackson McChesney, RB, Lone Peak: Had 60 rushing yards on 13 carries with two short touchdown runs and added three catches for 23 yards as the Knights beat Dixie, 47-21.
Isaac Rex, TE, San Clemente (California): Had four catches for 59 yards with a touchdown in the Tritons’ 51-42 loss to Oceanside.
Donovan Hanna, TE, American Leadership Academy (Arizona): Had six receptions for 97 yards in a 14-10 win over Pusch Ridge Christian Academy.
Ammon Hannemann, S, Lone Peak: Defensive stats were not available for the Knights' 47-21 win over Dixie.
Preston Lewis, DE/LB, Lone Peak: Defensive stats were not available for the Knights' 47-21 win over Dixie.
Ben Bywater, RB/LB, Olympus: Finished with five tackles in a defensive slugfest the Titans won 5-3. Also had 35 rushing yards on 12 carries.
Seth Willis, OL, Newtown (Connecticut): The offensive lineman’s season won’t begin until Sept. 9.
Ryan Rehkow, P, Central Valley (Washington): The punter’s season will begin this Friday.
Tariq Buchanan, DB, Elgin (Texas): In a 35-14 loss to Harker Heights, Buchanan was a bright spot for Elgin, rushing for 62 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown (plus the two-point conversion), racking up five receptions for 33 yards, returning a punt 25 yards and adding a tackle on defense.
Tanner Baker, TE/DE, Allatoona (Georgia): Didn’t register any stats in the Buccaneers’ 21-13 loss to Alexander.
Bentley Hanshaw, TE, Moorpark (California): Finished with three receptions for 77 yards with two touchdowns in a 42-21 win over Canyon.
Tongi Langi, S, Bingham: Had a team-high nine tackles in the Miners’ 45-0 thrashing of Herriman.
John Penisini, DT, Snow College: Committed to the Utes since March, Penisini told the Deseret News this week that he will redshirt the 2016 season to focus on academics.
Tristin McCollum, DB, Ball (Texas): Stats were not available for the Tornadoes’ 20-0 loss to Angleton.
Zyon McCollum, DB, Ball (Texas): Stats were not available for the Tornadoes’ 20-0 loss to Angleton.
Jason Shelley, QB, Lone Star (Texas): Shelley had about as good of a start to a season as any player could hope for. Appearing in a game televised on ESPNU Saturday, he went 24-of-34 for 495 yards and three touchdowns in a 62-14 win over Heritage. He also added 21 rushing yards.
Henry Colombi, QB, Chaminade-Madonna Prep (Florida): The Lions’ season will begin this Friday.
Jamaal Evans, QB, Centennial (Nevada): The dual-threat quarterback showed off his versatile game in a 44-41 loss to Desert Pines. He went 23-of-33 for 328 yards passing and rushed for another 78 yards on 13 carries with two touchdowns.
Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.