BYU football: Jordan Preator commits to BYU and Tanner Shipley (Ore.) recommits

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  • Hagatha Ogden, UT
    Jan. 11, 2013 9:37 a.m.

    @ Chris B
    I've watched Preator play every game of his high school career at Fremont and I can tell you that he is what you call "BCS" talent. That kid would run circles around you and your utes all day long. He is a very talented athlete and will be an awesome player at BYU. I would take him playing QB at BYU over Riley Smelson any day. I played against Riley Nelson and know that he isn't that good. (Who knows what Bronco saw in him)
    if he plays QB, maybe he will run all over your Bingham Miners like he did in the state championship game in 2010. None and I repeat, none of your "BCS" athletes there during that year could catch him or contain him and that's a fact. Go back and look at the game film if you don't believe me. You just are prejudice against him because you don't like Fremont.

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 29, 2012 10:05 p.m.

    Shipley is an all world talent. Preator is an all around player who could be a real find. Like any player, time will tell. As far as Chris B is concerned, he is clueless. The Utes will be worse next year, and the Aggies may not have a running game to match the QB play of Chucky Keeton. Anderson may be gone right after the Bowl game to a Bib Buck reward that USU will never be able to match. Both the Utes and Aggies could have benefited from Peator and especially Shipley.

    Chris B. You are very uninformed. But like allot of fans your mouth opens before your brain engages.

  • alternate Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 29, 2012 7:15 a.m.

    These are great catches for BYU and appear to be fine you men.

    Funny though that if "your team" doesn't get them then all of a sudden they are not good players. This gets very old very fast.

    The term "BCS" is arrogantly tossed around way too much these days. Judging by the freshman classes this year at Utah, Utah State and BYU, one could say that Utah State and BYU also signed "BCS" caliber players. All three schools have very good young freshmen clases. I wonder if Wash St, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas and other conference bottom feeders this year really have "BCS" caliber players and recruits.

    Side note about the Utah State losses. In both games, their opponents also failed on game changing plays. Many Utah fans will also tell you that in the Logan game, the Utes made several key mitakes, just like the Aggies, Badgers, and Cougars, that probbly cost them the win and eventually a bowl game this year.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 29, 2012 1:23 a.m.


    Yeah those "non-Christian attitudes" some BYU fans have (probably a relatively small percentage) is an issue for both BYU and Utah fans. It annoys passionate BYU fans like yourself, who can still balance out perspective in life and sports, and Utah fans who validate their 'holier than thou' stereotype of BYU fans.

    The hatred on both sides has worn so thin for me, and I am a hardcore Utah fan, who wants nothing more than to beat BYU. I don't think tensions will ease with the rivalry game not being played though. What will happen is endless talk about PAC 12 vs. independence, and common opponent breakdowns, all done through subjective lenses, where one side will induce a beef of superiority over the other.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Nov. 28, 2012 10:48 p.m.

    Looks like Tanner picked the right ship.

    Happy sailing

  • Wheres_mama Roy, UT
    Nov. 28, 2012 7:36 p.m.

    First, congrats to Jordan! You are an amazing athlete and from what I saw the last few games this year, you are a great leader as well.
    Still nothing positive to say about Fremont. I understand your concerns for BYU at the qb position, but you and I both know that Preator could play any skill position on the field. Defensive coordinators panic trying to game plan against him. The kid may not throw like Brett Favre, but he is a playmaker and a winner. He has played in 2 state championships and is 24-7 all three years as a starter. I wouldn't hesitate playing him at qb but clearly he will be playing safety.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Nov. 28, 2012 4:39 p.m.

    Comment made earlier by a Ute fan that Preator can't be BCS talent because Whittingham and Anderson passed on him. Yeah, right, because Whittingham clearly has too many players already who are not BCS level. Can't say anything negative about Gary, though. What a season they have had! The blue-turf bowl is not good enough for them.

  • jarka-rus Layton, Utah
    Nov. 28, 2012 4:13 p.m.

    Preator's not a bad athlete, just please don't tell me he will play QB. We don't need another running QB who can't throw.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Nov. 28, 2012 12:49 p.m.

    gdog3finally, thank you for your level of discourse. These discussions are about sports - recreational activities - not life and death with eternal consequences. No reason to attack a person for allegiance to a school's athletics program, although I will call people on being unpleasant morons, whether Ute or Cougar (maybe more so Cougars because I feel like I am protecting my own turf - also because since most Cougar fans are LDS, when they display overt non-Christian attitudes, it bothers me).
    Funny thing, as a UCLA alumnus, working side-by-side with a rabid USC fan, we can joke around a lot, but it never gets nasty (an advantage to face-to-face discourse over the anonymity of the Web). We also stick to issues and can discuss what a mistake UCLA made in bringing in Slick-Rick to coach, and since we can discuss that I can let him know what a low-life Lane Kiffin is. But I am never going to demean him as a person for liking USC.
    Besides, when the Utes win, as a resident of Utah, I win too. When the Cougars win, my favorite team wins. It's all good.

  • SyracuseCoug Syracuse, ut
    Nov. 28, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    Oh Chris b, you are one comical dude, I have to laugh out loud at most of your posts. Go Cougs!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Nov. 28, 2012 12:16 a.m.

    @Riverton Cougar

    I actually laughed at that one. You were simple, to the point and comical to boot.

  • LV Ute Fan Las Vegas, NV
    Nov. 27, 2012 8:43 p.m.

    Congratulation Jordan! I enjoyed watching you play at FHS (especially last year), and wish you nothing but the best at BYU.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 5:45 p.m.

    Chris B,

    Thank you for your inside scoop from the offices of Whittingham and Andersen. When the article mentioned "increasing interest", I thought it meant that they were getting more interested in him, not less interested. Thanks for clarifying that they would never have considered offering him a scholarship. The wording of the article can be confusing, I guess.

  • TroyTown Anaheim, CA
    Nov. 27, 2012 5:38 p.m.

    Chris B

    No worries; now that he's committed to BYU, Whittingham will realize his mistake and offers from Utah will be flowing soon.

  • Down under Pullman, WA
    Nov. 27, 2012 5:15 p.m.

    Chris B.
    I hope you are not talking about Utah when you mention BCS games success. I don't consider a 5-7 record a success so I am assuming that you were thinking about BYU's success, going to a bowl and all this year.
    Just saying............

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 27, 2012 4:12 p.m.

    With Utah and Utah State both not offering Preator, I'm going to trust the good judgment of two incredible coaches in Whittingham and Anderson that this kid is not BCS level talent.

    Sad that Gary's guy's couldnt kick 3 more field goals this year, or they'd be the second team in Utah to enjoy BCS game success.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Nov. 27, 2012 3:56 p.m.

    Don't know much about Preator, but Shipley is a great get. I was bummed when he decommitted. He and Josh Weeks will be great bookend WRs in a few years.