BYU football: Team lands a top California receiver

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  • ORtrojan
    Aug. 23, 2008 2:56 p.m.

    Brett is not only a hard worker and good athlete, he is a good person as well. He is a devout practicing mormon, and never fails to support his teammates, no matter how what national rank we are. Thompson will work hard for BYU and become the best he can be. Good luck, Brett!

  • Fully Invested
    Aug. 20, 2008 11:11 p.m.

    Utah fans make me laugh. "Never heard of this kid before this article. Big deal." They all act like the 53rd ranked reciever is an also-ran. That's funny. BYU's next highest ranked reciever that has committed is at 77. The funny part is that Utah's highest ranked reciever is at 179(Chanzell Porter). And their making fun of BYU?! Now there's some good old fashioned Ute logic for you.

  • shhhhhhhh think
    Aug. 20, 2008 7:23 p.m.

    UCLA as this recruit will witness california at it's best then understand why he got offered BYU.

  • To: anonymous
    Aug. 20, 2008 5:58 p.m.

    Please define the word "heare." No wonder you refer to your posts as coming from "Anonymous."

  • Anonymous
    Aug. 20, 2008 5:52 p.m.

    Never even heard of the kid before this article. Big deal. Good luck, I hope he enjoys his days at BYU.

  • ORHStrojans
    Aug. 20, 2008 5:03 p.m.

    I know for a fact that both austin and Brett have grown sick of the comparisons. All they did was go to the same High school years apart. Brett may know the Collies well, but he does not know Austin that well considering that Austin has been on his mission or in Provo for the last five years while Brett has been in El Dorado Hills BTW he had only played three years of football, while Austin was raised by a father who played CFL and NFL.

  • Anonymous
    Aug. 20, 2008 4:48 p.m.

    Next on Utah's list of schools to play in Utah is Dixie and then Southern Utah. I heare BYU-Idaho has some decent intramural teams.

  • Re: stinks
    Aug. 20, 2008 3:14 p.m.

    Your rationalization for playing Weber is too funny. Who's next, SLCC, another in-state school? Maybe you don't want to play a school with higher academic standards.

  • Re: Ernest T. Bass
    Aug. 20, 2008 3:07 p.m.

    Watch the tape of Harline humbling Weddle in 2006. Someone who runs his routes is better than a hot-shot D back. Try watching last years game and tell me Collie on 4th and 18 is not better than Utahs great defense.

  • poor uties
    Aug. 20, 2008 2:52 p.m.

    lost another one. sure, you didn't really want him in the first place.

  • Dick
    Aug. 20, 2008 2:39 p.m.

    Dick ever bother checking any facts before he gives his opinions? Granted he's a columnist and not a reporter, but a fact once in a while would be nice.

  • to: ernie bass
    Aug. 20, 2008 2:17 p.m.

    That's ok, we'll be happy to 'settle' for "a guy who runs good routes", because while he's running his route you're superiorly athletic corner will bite on it and get burned again on another 4th and 18.

    It's not always about the fastest and most athletic.

  • Red
    Aug. 20, 2008 12:15 p.m.

    Hope Brett does very well, but he is not even close to Austin in talent or football smarts when compared at the same stage.

  • name change
    Aug. 20, 2008 11:52 a.m.

    to Uncle 'Mo @ 8:55 p.m. on 8/19/08

    Shouldn't it be Uncle La-mo (pronounced with the long A sound)? ROFL.

  • stats guru
    Aug. 20, 2008 11:52 a.m.

    re: Paul | 8:51 p.m. Aug. 19, 2008

    >>Actually, it's a 4-4 record over the past eight seasons, and the Utes fall farther behind if you go back 12, 16, 20, 30 years.

  • spud
    Aug. 20, 2008 11:10 a.m.

    top receiver huh? recruited by byu, unlv, and nebraska. interesting. oh and air force

  • Brett is amazing
    Aug. 20, 2008 10:39 a.m.

    Those who know and understand football realize that BYU just landed a playmaker. This kid is the real deal and it should bother ute fans that understand the sport.

  • A few points
    Aug. 20, 2008 10:03 a.m.

    1. Do you all realize how many potential receivers are out there in hs? There are literally thousands of starting hs receivers alone so to be ranked 53 is not bad at all. I mean just what does it take to impress some of you? We still are BYU/Utah not USC - let's keep a little perspective please.

    2. Stars are all about the hype. If this kid had not committed yet and a few other schools offered (especially another BCS school or two) he would have gotten an extra star. Let's face it - the ratings are all about hype and that goes away once the kid commits.

    3. BYU will always grab a little less talent for someone who totally buys into the BYU culture. This kid (who obviously has talent - see #1) committed after his seminary class for heavens sake - I think he definitely buys into the culture.

    4. I would add a star simply for the fact that he dated an older girl in hs. If Collie's sister is now in college and he is going into his senior year you know he is considered a stud among his buddies for that feat alone!

  • Ernest T. Bass
    Aug. 20, 2008 10:02 a.m.

    Yep, and anyone who loses to them TWICE IN A ROW IN PROVO should never play college football again.
    As I said, he'll be known for his best quality, as a guy who runs good routes, typical of 90% of the receivers down there.

  • JAC
    Aug. 20, 2008 9:42 a.m.

    Looks like another kid who will work hard, and do the right things on and off the field. He will be BLESSED...

  • A good recruit
    Aug. 20, 2008 9:32 a.m.

    This is a pretty good recruit for BYU. It isn't mind blowing that they got him but it is a good pickup. Both these teams are capable of recruiting players like this and both teams do. Until they prove something on the field the stars and hype around them mean nothing.

  • To: Ernest T. Bassssssssssss
    Aug. 20, 2008 9:00 a.m.

    you speak of UNLV. The U should be very familiar with them. I belive they pitched a shut out on Kwitt's team last year.

    Anybody who gets blanked by UNLV should be laughed out of the conference.

  • To: Kitty
    Aug. 20, 2008 7:59 a.m.

    You can't have what you can't get in the first place. Here comes the beat down yewties.

  • Paul
    Aug. 20, 2008 6:29 a.m.

    Let's go all the way back. What is it, a 20 game advantage?

  • Re; Recruit me
    Aug. 20, 2008 2:16 a.m.

    LOL too funny!

  • Calidude
    Aug. 20, 2008 12:18 a.m.

    The California schools signed off as soon as "BYU","LDS" and "Mission Trip" were mentioned

  • Recruit Me
    Aug. 20, 2008 12:06 a.m.

    When will BYU give me a call? I run a blazing 3.9 40, and I'm 7'3", 270 lbs. with great hands. And as far as conditioning goes, I can run a 4-minute mile on most days.

  • don't forget
    Aug. 19, 2008 11:20 p.m.

    our boy john beck and harline were both lite this with even fewer stars and im sure all yewt fans can attest to their potential in college football!!

  • 53rd WR Whoopie!!!
    Aug. 19, 2008 10:55 p.m.

    Come on man...The 53rd ranked WR got pub for committing with BYU. I love the cougs but please write something noteworthy. BYU does a great job of developing lineman and QB's, stick with that topic.

    Northern California recruits are always overrated, they report on them just to get them in the spotlight. Recruit WR from So Cal guys and then maybe you can print a story worth a read.

  • Who?
    Aug. 19, 2008 9:57 p.m.

    See you in 3 years

  • Brettski
    Aug. 19, 2008 9:31 p.m.

    Meh. Nebraska, UNLV, Air Force and BYU recruited this kid. It's not like byu beat out UCLA or USC for him.

  • Gotta love Collie!
    Aug. 19, 2008 9:20 p.m.

    Or, should I say Austin Dynamite!!!

    I wonder if Thompson can do nun-chucks and draw awesome Ligers too!

    Gotta love austin

  • Bob in line
    Aug. 19, 2008 9:13 p.m.

    The fact that no California schools recruited this kid doesn't bother me. I'll take a great #53 receiver over a #1 Terrell Owens any day. For starters, Mr Owens would probably have problems with BYU's honor code. I think this kid will fit in better. Not to dis Mr Owens but BYU has been voted stone cold sober for how many years now?

    Also, let's face it in MWC football, this includes the Utes: PAC 10 schools are recruiting kids that are making the top #20 at receiver. Both Utah and BYU know this. As a credit to our schools, we can do almost as much with 3-star recruits as they do with 5-star recruits. BYU record against the PAC-10 the last few years, Utah's thrashing of UCLA last year.

    If BYU and Utah got into a new PAC-12 it would only take a few years but both the PAC-12 championship and the Rose Bowl attendee would be decided in the Holy Wars of Rocky Mountain Utah.

    On second thought, the PAC-10 had better keep us out of their conference. They know we'd own it soon enough.

  • Dave
    Aug. 19, 2008 8:59 p.m.

    Another yawner of an article. Kind of makes you wonder why not one California school recruited this supposed stud???

  • Uncle 'Mo
    Aug. 19, 2008 8:55 p.m.

    Mendenhall's strategy of making early offers is producing two-fold results: getting the talent before the competition and creating momentum that other BYU recruits can't ignore. Scholarships are limited. LDS kids who want to come to BYU but also want to see if other bigtime programs come calling now have to make an early decision. And for the past 3 years now, those early decisions are favoring the Cougars.

    It's nice to have Uncle 'Mo on BYU's side. Almost as nice as seeing utah's fans get more and more paranoid as the imbalance keeps shifting towards the Cougars.

  • Paul
    Aug. 19, 2008 8:51 p.m.

    Actually, it's a 4-4 record over the past eight seasons, and the Utes fall farther behind if you go back 12, 16, 20, 30 years.

  • Wayne Rout
    Aug. 19, 2008 8:30 p.m.

    How 'bout them Cougars!

  • Ernest T. Bass
    Aug. 19, 2008 8:28 p.m.

    Head-to-head they're 2-4 over the last six seasons, not exactly a reason to brag.
    Noticed that byu beat out those throwing powerhouses of NE and AFA. Oh and let's not forget UNLV, who's beaten byu twice in the 2000s in Provo no less.
    Wow, another guy who greatest attribute will be that he runs routes very well.

    Aug. 19, 2008 8:20 p.m.

    The only consistency at the U of U, is BYU consistently paddling their little Ute bottoms every year.

  • mikw
    Aug. 19, 2008 7:20 p.m.

    the reason he was moved from four star to three star is because scout cut the number of four stars in half

  • living right
    Aug. 19, 2008 7:13 p.m.

    "Thompson said Collie's name still comes up at his high school and the football program. "Anytime a point is made about work ethic and how to never take a play off, coaches talk of Austin Collie," said Thompson.

    He's a great player and tremendous example on and off the field."

    Sounds like Austin is living right on & off the field after all.

  • Misguided Youth
    Aug. 19, 2008 6:27 p.m.

    What is this kid thinking? Misguided youth.

  • Heard it through the grapevine
    Aug. 19, 2008 5:53 p.m.

    You call this news? I heard Hans Olsen talking about this yesterday.

  • a few thoughts
    Aug. 19, 2008 5:51 p.m.

    re: Coug4 | 2:23 p.m.

    The vaunted cougarexpress is probably alot like Amtrak which I took Reno for Christmas one year; it
    was delayed 5 hrs. Then took 14 hours to make an 8 hour trip.

    Stinks | 4:39 p.m.

    You mean all the Handcart memorials aren't enough to pique curiousity in ethanol country?

    re: ute | 4:44 p.m. Aug. 19, 2008

    All the 5 star recruits got to the SEC where real football is played not the watered down, mamby pamby, all hype & no substance MWC version.

  • Sherlock
    Aug. 19, 2008 5:48 p.m.

    The next time Harmon does some investigative reporting, he should cast his eyes up at his newspaper's masthead. The name of his paper is NOT the Deseret Morning News. It is the Deseret News.

    Nice editing job there, guys! Dick should look at the company name on his paycheck once in a while instead of just cashing it.

  • Good get
    Aug. 19, 2008 5:44 p.m.

    Nothing special though. If BYU could some how get Manti T'eo, then I would be pretty scared being a U fan. The kid is an athletic freak and one of the top recruits in the country. Every top program in the country is after him. I think he will end of at USC but watch out if BYU lands him. He would be their best recruit in the last 15 years.

  • strange
    Aug. 19, 2008 5:37 p.m.

    I thought Bronco only recruited 8th graders or players who were already on another team.

  • re: ute
    Aug. 19, 2008 5:29 p.m.

    He was a 4 star recruit until he began hinting that he was heading to the Y, then magically he somehow ends up a 3 star..

  • r16cobal
    Aug. 19, 2008 5:26 p.m.

    Please read through your story before publishing. It is full of grammatical errors that a jr. high'er would catch.

  • Mike B.
    Aug. 19, 2008 5:20 p.m.

    Ute fans don't go dishing us on this kid. He will be good. Bronco is getting the big physical kids at reciever now, something that BYU has not gotten in the past. Utah has a great one in Aione Keys if he ever makes it into school. I want Utah to be good because it makes are victories over them even sweeter.

  • ute
    Aug. 19, 2008 4:44 p.m.

    Relax byu fans! He is a three star recruit not a five star. Both Utah and BYU are loaded with three star recruites.

  • Stinks
    Aug. 19, 2008 4:39 p.m.

    Ute fan here, and its too bad that he picked BYU. However, if I were to pick between the schools listed that had interest, I would have picked BYU too. He can't be that great if he was one of the best receivers in California and none of the California schools were looking at him.

    To the guy critical of Utah playing Weber (an in state school that was a bone thrown to the coach that got Utah notoriety), I'm sure the game against Norther Iowa will open recruiting doors in Iowa!!!

  • Dick
    Aug. 19, 2008 4:12 p.m.

    Position rank is 53 not overall ranking. Thanks for not knowing the facts Dick ----- AGAIN.

  • Little Brothers
    Aug. 19, 2008 3:58 p.m.

    I know it's tough for the little brothers who are obsessed with posting snide little comments on every article remotely associated with BYU; just relax. It's not that bad having a big brother.

  • Detail
    Aug. 19, 2008 3:56 p.m.

    He's listed as the #53 receiver, not the # 53 player on

  • Utes by 5
    Aug. 19, 2008 3:55 p.m.

    Why would the Utes want this kid? We are playing Weber State next year, this will get our foot in the door of almost every high school player in Ogden city.

  • another quality player
    Aug. 19, 2008 3:12 p.m.

    ..has been added to the arsenal. What Bronco and his assistants are doing with recruiting has been pretty amazing. This team is only going to get stronger every year. After a couple more years of BYU dominating the MWC I wouldn't be surprised to see the Big 12 replace a team like Baylor with BYU.

  • Justin
    Aug. 19, 2008 3:07 p.m.

    This is possibly the worst written article I have ever read. The wording is nothing short of terrible. Have you ever heard of a proof-read?
    You ought to feel ashamed D News! Other than that, this is great news for the Cougs.

  • Concast-Hater
    Aug. 19, 2008 3:06 p.m.

    Not another family connection for this team. Now Austin Collie and this new recruit will be family.

    I'm glad BYU got him, but the family and friends connection is getting too much for me.

  • Sweetness
    Aug. 19, 2008 3:02 p.m.

    Good Job, Bronco and company. Keep on reloading year after year with quality players who are quality people.

  • McKay
    Aug. 19, 2008 2:53 p.m.

    Watching the kids jr year highlight tape, his play looks very similar to Collie. Could be a great get!

  • Good Catch
    Aug. 19, 2008 2:52 p.m.

    No pun intended. However, the article is a bit misleading. Scout has him at #53 of all receivers, not all players. Rivals has him somewhere in the 80's for receivers nationally. Overall assessment? Good for him for choosing the Y, but this isn't a big story nationally.

  • Dick
    Aug. 19, 2008 2:35 p.m.

    another piece of excellent investigative reporting from Dick.

  • Coug4
    Aug. 19, 2008 2:23 p.m.

    Welcome to Cougartown! We love hard workers! It's good to get on the Cougarexpress now because this baby is taking off!

  • Collie Connection
    Aug. 19, 2008 2:18 p.m.

    Much to the chagrin of Utah fans, the Collie connection continues at BYU.

    Welcome aboard Brett.

  • kitty
    Aug. 19, 2008 2:13 p.m.

    Looks like Utah didn't want him....Let byu have him.

  • Listen Closely
    Aug. 19, 2008 2:04 p.m.

    Do you hear that Utah? Shhh. That's's the sound of BYU fans cheering as we beat you year after year. Here comes the pain train!!!!