PROVO — The BYU football program plans to add a few more faces to the 14 prospects signed during the early December signing period this coming Wednesday, which marks the final signing period for prospective football recruits. How many will be ultimately signed is fluid at this point, with coaches and administrators working on final details along with several kids working to make up their minds.
“We’re looking to sign a couple of more,” said BYU Player Personnel Coordinator Alema Fitisemanu. “We signed most of our guys in December and we’re really excited about the entire group. I think we were able to satisfy the things we had needs in.”
The need that wasn't addressed in December was a running back position where the Cougars are lacking bodies heading into the 2019 season. Fitisemanu is hopeful to sign at least one this Wednesday and to bring in as many as three in time for the 2019 season.
“We’re aiming at multiple, so it could very well be more than one,” Fitisemanu said. “I can’t really tell you exactly.”
According to Cougar Sports Insider publisher Mitch Harper, the Cougars could sign anywhere from four to eight prospects on Wednesday, with several running backs certainly in play.
Two prospects that could help out at running back recently announced their commitments to BYU on Twitter. Those two are Alec Meza, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back from Elroy, Arizona, who will join as a preferred walk-on, and Luc Andrada, a 5-11 speedster from Pueblo, Colorado, who is thought to play at either receiver or defensive back.
Other commitments include linebacker Cade Albright, a 6-5, 210-pound prospect from San Juan Capistrano, California, and Trey Andersen, a 6-6, 240-pound tight end/offensive line prospect from Lehi High School.
Other possibilities at running back, according to Harper, are Christian Grubb, a 5-11, 175-pound prospect from Notre Dame High School in Southern California, and Rice graduate transfer Emmanuel Esukpa (5-11, 232), who is currently working to get enrolled in a BYU graduate program.
“We’re not panicked in any way and we want to make sure everyone is a great fit here for BYU and we’ll go from there,” Fitisemanu said, while mentioning the staff is already looking at a potentially promising 2020 class of running backs, although certainly not resting on bringing in the best options possible for 2019.
Other potential signees include Javelle Brown, a 6-1, 170-pound defensive back from Mira Mesa High School in Southern California, along with Nalu Emerson, a 6-1, 190-pound defensive back from Kahuka High School, among others.22 comments on this story
Overall Fitisemanu believes the momentum the program achieved toward the end of the season is playing well with recruits.
“I feel we did get a bump, although I’m not quite sure where it’s going to display itself,” Fitisemanu said. “But generally, as far as people thinking positively about the program, they’re excited and they feel we’re on an upward trend.”
BYU also plans on receiving around 13 to 14 returned missionaries for next season, according to Fitisemanu, giving BYU a relatively full class of newcomers for the 2019 season.