BYU recruiting: American Fork center Ryan Andrus commits to Cougar basketball

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  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Aug. 1, 2013 6:55 p.m.

    We have never had this much big guy talent. Don't forget about Hartsock, Shaw, and Nielsen along with the others already mentioned. Last year and this year have to be our two best consecutive recruiting classes - ever. If we can pick up Dastrup, the Cougs have to be considered a Top 10 team in 3 or 4 years for a couple of years.

    Go Cougs!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 1, 2013 5:23 p.m.

    SoCalTrueBlue2--he'll play one year than head on to a mission.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 4:51 p.m.

    @ Ernest T
    "Where can I get my "Final Four by 14" bumper sticker?"

    Not sure, the utes have flooded the state with such a surplus of unsellable Pac12 stuff that it's going to take a while for space to clear on shelves for other stuff.

  • Mark321 Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 1, 2013 12:45 p.m.

    BYU owns the state of Utah when it comes to basketball recruiting. On occasion a few high profile in-state recruits (Chapman and Loveridge to Utah. Tai Wesley to USU) will choose a different school, but BYU beats them all. Koodos to Dave Rose and his staff for convincing these kids that BYU is where you want to be for basketball.

  • Ute buster Eugene, OR
    Aug. 1, 2013 12:34 p.m.

    I noticed that the BYU haters are quiet today. I think they wanted this kid and he rejected Utah. BYU will continue to dominated in basketball not only in the state but in the west. They will give Gonzaga some stiff competition this year.

  • Down under Eugene, OR
    Aug. 1, 2013 12:30 p.m.

    Lightening Lad,
    You make a great observation about the future or Cougar basketball. This team looks to be a major powerhouse for a few years to come and it will only get better. By far, and hands down the BEST team in the state and maybe the west.

  • Cougar Passion Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    I get a little worried when I hear about a 6'10" kid liking the three. We currently have a player that fits that description, yet his post game is nothing close to what it needs to be to truly help the team. I want the "bigs" to use their height advantage for which they were recruited; the reason the guards are normally the ones who shoot the three well is because they *don't* have the advantage of being particularly tall. I'm all for learning to extend shooting range once the big guy has an amazing repertoire of post moves, but, given that the only schools recruiting this young man are local ones (BSU is close enough to be lumped there), I have a feeling his post game can use some work.

  • Frozen Chosen Savage, MN
    Aug. 1, 2013 10:49 a.m.

    BYU hoops has loads of talent in the pipeline for the next 5 years. Don't forget we have Jordan Chatman coming back next year and he was only the top player in the state of Washington last year. I hope all these guys stay committed and jell together. It could be something special.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 10:35 a.m.

    Lightening Lad - Andrus is a nice pick up, very skilled big. Let's not get ahead of ourselves in saying the best big unit in the country. BYU's class is great for mid-major, but wouldn't stand up to Duke, UNC, Kansas, Kentucky or MSU any class - especially big men. Kentucky pulled 6 McDonald's All-Americans this year -- 6! I really don't like them, but they got the #1 Center and #1 PF in the class.

  • lloyd braun ogden, utah
    Aug. 1, 2013 10:18 a.m.

    It's good to see a lot of Utah's best staying in Utah. I don't know if I'd dub these guys as the best big unit in the country. That's a bit premature. Lots of good bigs that end up in the NBA, and not many of them coming out of Utah. BYU fans tend to get a bit hyped up, such as claiming a football national championship this year, simply because KVN came back. Lightening Lad, what are you doing posting at 3:32 a.m.? Go to bed.

  • Whatsnu Sandy, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    Dave Rose is assembling some serious hoops talent. It's going to be exciting watching it all come together in the next few years.

    Welcome to CougarNation Ryan!

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 8:37 a.m.

    Where can I get my "Final Four by 14" bumper sticker?

  • Lightening Lad Austin , TX
    Aug. 1, 2013 3:32 a.m.

    Think Mika at PF, Andrus at C and maybe the 4-Star Dastrup (sp?) out of Mesa, AZ as part of a three-post. Maybe the best big unit in the country, with two- 4 Stars, one 3-4 Star, key on them and the roof falls in on you from outside via Haws and Emerry. Final 4?

  • Lightening Lad Austin , TX
    Aug. 1, 2013 3:27 a.m.

    Great news for everyone if you look at the whole picture. There was a time when every top Utah kid had either UCLA or Stanford even Duke in their headlights. If offered they were gone only to be seen if the NCAA tourney came to town. It seems now that the very same type kids, mostly LDS then just as now, are looking first at BYU, then if for some reason they see a difficult fit, they move up the hill to Utah. I would love to see Utah State dominate recruiting in Montana and Idaho, as well as picking up the rural Utah kids that don't head off to the larger schools. They really face zero competition having any tradition, in both northernly states, Boise has been terrible far longer than even Utah, the Montana schools playing in the 'Sky have not the exposure as they would in the MWC. Viva La Raza

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    July 31, 2013 10:48 p.m.

    Big Time! Welcome to BYU! Two athletic bigs down low with Mika and now Andrus. Oh man, flat out awesome!

    Go Cougars!

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 31, 2013 10:41 p.m.

    Great recruiting win for BYU. Pretty sure his recruiting would've picked up quite a bit this coming year had he not committed early. So for those who only see the four offers and think this wasn't a big deal, not true. Andrus could be a good one.
    Congrats on the scholarship and good luck to this young man... but go Utes!

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    July 31, 2013 9:18 p.m.

    so is he 6'10" or 6'8"?

  • DRay Roy, UT
    July 31, 2013 8:02 p.m.

    Like to see a true Center recruited, who could defend well in the post & be a rebounder with some muscle.

  • Hugh Janis South Jordan, UT
    July 31, 2013 7:23 p.m.

    Really glad to see all of the highly recruited player stay instate. As a Ute fan I think most of us saw this coming after yesterdays news of Mr. Chapman committing to the U. Looks like we'll enjoy good basketball in the state of Utah for a long time to come. Congrats to the young fella for choosing a school that fits him best and where he will get an excellent education.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 31, 2013 7:22 p.m.

    Great news, we love Ryan and are very glad he chose BYU.

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    July 31, 2013 7:15 p.m.

    Great kid with a great upside. Needs some more muscle, but that will come. Looks like another good get for the cougars.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    July 31, 2013 6:14 p.m.

    Does anyone know this kids dads name? I think I served a mission with him

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    July 31, 2013 5:48 p.m.

    I am thrilled that such a fine young man would pick BYU to play basketball. He has certainly picked a fine program and the best coach for him. Congratulations, Ryan! Have a great season next year!

    Go Cougars!

  • SoCalTrueBlue2 San Diego, CA
    July 31, 2013 5:23 p.m.

    Article does not mention when he will be a freshman at BYU--assuming fall of 2014? Would have been nice if the article provided this important detail.

  • footballfan6262 SANDY, UT
    July 31, 2013 4:26 p.m.

    Congratz to Byu on another great get. You will have a very good team in 2 or 3 years when you get all those Lone Peak kids back.

    Hope Utah can meet you in the final great would that be. Nothing is better for the state then when all of the Utah schools do well.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 31, 2013 3:49 p.m.


  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    July 31, 2013 3:27 p.m.

    Rural Hall, USA, NC

    "Is this really news?"

    Only if you are a fan of BYU.

    Well, I suppose if you are a fan of Utah, Utah State or BSU,too. Just not good news.

  • backpacn Sandy, UT
    July 31, 2013 3:18 p.m.


    "Is this really news?"

    Gotta luv the constant jealousy of the kids on the hill, trying to look uninterested as BYU is assembling one of the greatest basketball recruiting classes the state of Utah has ever seen.

  • gamer PROVO, UT
    July 31, 2013 2:48 p.m.

    Welcome to the fold Ryan!

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    July 31, 2013 2:26 p.m.

    Yes!!! Especially for all the BYU haters that will soon be coming out to bash this young man on his decision!!! Welcome to the fold!!!

    Go Cougs!!!
    Go Utes!!!

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    July 31, 2013 2:21 p.m.

    Welcome to Cougarnation Ryan! You're a welcome addition to one of the most talented classes to ever suit up for BYU.

  • gonefishn Salt Lake City, UT
    July 31, 2013 1:59 p.m.

    I am Ute fan and could not be happier the best talent is staying in state at Utah, BYU and Utah State. Good luck to this kid and hopefully all three teams can get into the NCAA's at the same time in the next few years.

  • Larceny Rural Hall, USA, NC
    July 31, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    Is this really news?