BYU football: For the Cougars, Class of 2014 was worth the wait

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  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Feb. 7, 2014 8:24 a.m.

    Regarding the accuracy of star ratings, sample size is essential to consider. If you show me one 5-star kid and ask me if he'll turn out to be a stud, the only answer is "who knows?" You show me five 4-star kids and ask me if any of them will turn out to be studs, I'll say "probably."

    If you put a team stacked with 4-star recruits versus one with mostly 2-star recruits and ask which one would likely come out on top head-to-head, the only rational bet would be to go with the former. So, yes, as Bronco says "time will tell" with each of them, but overall higher ratings mean better athletes. Better athletes means a larger margin for error. Lower ratings equals greater degree of difficulty.

    So, yes, we have our Jake Heapses and our Cody Hoffmans, but they are outliers. If you ask the BYU coaches, I'm sure they'd love to get more 4-5 star kids.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 10:22 p.m.


    If you go strictly on the "avg. star rankings" and drop the "number of players signed" factor, (which is irrelevant anyway) BYU then had the #49 ranked class, not 65th..

    These rankings are quite subjective and misleading.

  • No bowl 4 u riverton, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 4:58 p.m.

    @ Wookie

    Go to ESPN and click on: ncaaf, recruiting, teams, scorecard, utah, offers.

    You will see that utah and BYU offered the same 8 people, and BYU only lost 1 to utah. BYU got Nacua, Blackmon, Bushman, Fuga, Kafusi, Leiataua, and Fonua, while utah only got Christiansen. 7 to 1 However, Bronco got it wrong with usc according to ESPN. usc got 2 recruits while BYU got 3. BYU only got 1 out of 5 from stanford, but Leiataua was still a nice last minute grab. Anytime you can steal a few recruits from stanford and usc is a good year. utah got a nice one in Barton, but I think he was a utah guy through and through, so I don't think BYU wanted to waste the offer. You never know how recruits will turn out, but I don't see anything that makes me think utah will go bowling next year, three years running. Where's chris b???

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Feb. 6, 2014 12:36 p.m.

    What players picked the Y over the U in the recruiting battle? I read someone's comment that it was 7-1, BYU won the battle 7 times and lost 1 to Utah. Just curious where this information comes from. Good luck to all the recruits, stay healthy and live the Honor Code.

    GO UTES!!

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Feb. 6, 2014 12:29 p.m.

    So, a good core of signing outside linebackers, including Warner from my neck of the woods. Warner is a 4-star athlete and ranked as high as the #15 outside linebacker in the country from one recruiting agency, but, yet, we still read of Bronson Kaufusi, all 6'8" of him, being switched to the outside linebacker position. I'd sure like to read of Coach Bronoc's rationale for that move. I've read nothing that explains why.

  • Ford DeTreese Provo, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 9:53 a.m.

    Ratings out of high school are way overblown. Where was Cody Hoffman rated? How about Ziggy? Often it's what you do with them after they arrive and whether they have what it takes inside. Look at Jake Heaps. He was a great high school quarterback, but obviously he didn't have what it takes to be a great college player. No knock on him personally. But some have it, some don't. If recruiters could figure that out, they'd be making a lot more money than they are.

  • SSmith Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 5:39 a.m.

    Actually, BYU went 7-1 against Utah with the late pick up of Nacua.

  • Northern Logan, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 12:15 a.m.

    I remember long ago when a certain #1QB was recruited .

  • Chamberlain Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 11:50 p.m.


    "I am not minimizing the young men that signed. But, why are we ranked 65th in the nation."

    Rankings are based not only on quality, but quantity of players signed.

    Since BYU has a bunch of previous recruit returning from missions, BYU only had around 16 scholarships available, while many schools signed their full compliment of 25.

  • Hoosier87 American Fork, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 11:37 p.m.

    I wouldn't say I was wrong, but I do at least feel better after seeing this recruiting class. It appears very solid.

    I said earlier that BYU should recruit more than 2 (now 3) kids from the state of Utah. I would like to see 6-7 at least - but I really can't argue with what Bronco and his staff did this time around. High School football in Utah is exceptional and clearly has some very talented players. I just don't want to see them overlooked - that's all I'm saying...

    As for that ESPN contract - clearly it is paying dividends now.

    Bronco and staff - NICE JOB!

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    Feb. 5, 2014 10:37 p.m.


    I think the limited number of recruits due to the number of returning missionaries brings the rating down. No real way to factor that in for an accurate comparison.

  • Joe Schmoe Orem, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 8:44 p.m.

    Nice job coaches! Great recruiting job this year. Independence is working. Recruits from all over the place this year. They will get to be seen on national TV week in and week out. They will get a great education at a great University while maintaining standards of decency and respect.

    That is BYU.

    Go Cougars!

  • AZguy Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 5, 2014 8:35 p.m.

    I am not minimizing the young men that signed. But, why are we ranked 65th in the nation. I have a hard time seeing how that will get us to the top 25. Go cougs, but we need more 4 star guys.

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Feb. 5, 2014 8:20 p.m.

    Uriah Leiataua !

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Feb. 5, 2014 8:01 p.m.

    my bad, 3-1 against USC. What was the head-to-head vs. Stanford?

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Feb. 5, 2014 7:45 p.m.

    So BYU went 4-1 head-to-head against USC and 6-1 against Utah. Not too shabby.

  • cal cougar camarillo, CA
    Feb. 5, 2014 7:18 p.m.

    I think something happened between recruiting from last year to this year. This class is the most talented I have seen for BYU. This probably can be attributed to several factors. Bronco brought up that a recruiting coordinator was hired. With that performance, hire 2 of them.

    Obviously, the position coaches should be praised. They did a lot of legwork. Now if we can make an impression with winning tough games, the model in place to bring them in will be put on steroids. Tom Holmoe probably had something to do with this turnaround and should be praised as well. I see striving for excellence here.

    Not good news for Utah, 1 four star. That is not enough to compete in that conference. That was a WAC job. Unfortunately, the coach is not long for keeping his job with that type of performance. He needs to fix this problem quick. Recruiting is not everything, but it is the vehicle you fine tune and put gas into. There is only so much you can do with the old Edsel.