While BYU signed four defensive backs in its 2018 class, at least one is likely headed for an LDS Church mission right after high school and the other three will be expected to be put to the test this fall.
Talan Alfrey (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) is from Auburn, Washington, Brach Davis (6-1, 170) played at Olympus High, Isaiah Herron (6-1, 175) is from Las Vegas and prepped at Arbor View, and Malik Moore (6-1, 189) is from Point Loma High in San Diego.
All four meet a height and speed standard the Cougars look for in defenders. This is one area BYU coaches were very concerned about with the 2018 class. They called them “measurables.”
Alfrey and Davis played myriad positions on both sides of the ball, as did Moore. Alfrey, the No. 18 prospect in Washington, is expected to go on a mission out of high school. Davis is one of the top sprinters in the state with a 10.9 time in the 100 meters.
“Moore is a receiver that played a little DB. He has great ball skills and speed. Hopefully, he comes in with a mindset to be ready to go,” said BYU cornerbacks coach Jernaro Gilford.
“Isaiah is actually a true corner so I expect him to come in and be slightly ahead of the curve for us because typically we bring in guys who are developmental. He’s another tall guy who is aggressive and plays with swag and has great ball skills. I am very excited to have those guys come in and be part of the defense, they are hungry and ready to play.”
Moore is a prospect Lamb saw at a camp in San Diego last summer and his interest was piqued when and he won the sprint competition. “We’ve been on him for a while and just waited to pull the trigger on him. We’ve been on him since last June. We offered him a few days before signing day,” said Gilford.
With the addition of Preston Hadley as BYU’s safety coach, Gilford said he is excited to have a new, energetic guy coaching with him and behind his corners.
“He adds some swag to our secondary and it's going to be fun working with him every day, talking about schemes and plays. He is from the same coaching tree as Kalani Sitake, coach Lamb and Ilaisa Tuiaki and myself."
I asked Gilford if Hadley could beat him in a 40-yard sprint.
“No, sir. He cannot.”