Former BYU great Ty Detmer's 14-year-old nephew commits to play at LSU

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    Feb. 25, 2014 7:04 p.m.

    I wonder if half of the posters actually read the article before making a comment. Read what SoupTwins posted. This is a verbal commitment and not binding for either the young man or the school. He can't sign until 2018.

  • Rob of NV Las Vegas, NV
    Feb. 25, 2014 1:01 p.m.

    "Love" the BYU trolls from the U. Why would anyone think a Detmer-relation would "automatically" go to BYU. His brother Koy did not even come to BYU, and yet his time was closer to the quarterback factory era. As far as I know, Ty is the only LDS member in his family. His other relatives might not want to be subject to the strict honor code. Rocky Biegel's sons chose Wisconsin, Danny Ainge's nephew chose Tennessee, and the list could go on. However, each school goes after a player, and a player chooses a school on their own personal merits. I know there are those of "U" lineage that have chosen to play for BYU, and vice versa. Does not matter. What matters is getting the best players, with the best fit, to play for your school. The only thing newsworthy about this article is the absurd young age at which this young man has committed. So much can happen, good or bad, over the next few years. There is pressure either way on his committing now or later, but I think committing now puts greater pressure on him, and a bulls-eye on his back.

  • Bleed Crimson Sandy, Utah
    Feb. 25, 2014 12:03 p.m.

    "Former BYU great Ty Detmer's 14-year-old nephew commits to play at LSU"

    Not BYU? Go figure!

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:52 a.m.

    No, Chrissy, he did not forget anything.

    If you'd have read the article you might have noticed the following quote: "LSU has always been his No. 1 school, Dinkelmann said."

    However, he may have forgotten or totally ignored "interception" U.

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:40 a.m.

    Perhaps we should remind ourselves that this is only a verbal commitment made by the kid. I believe LSU can still withdraw any scholarship offers between now and then (due to injury, bust or whatever). He can't sign a letter of intent 'till 2018. He's certainly big enough for an 8th grader. I can see how it would be nice for him to not have the distractions that go with active recruiting over the next 4 years. Hope it works out for him but that's sure a long ways out.

  • Kaladin Greeley, CO
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:53 a.m.

    Not to be out-recruited, Kyle Whit is recruiting those same players

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:42 a.m.

    I can't wait to see my future grandson to be called to play for BYU before being born! I know, this sound silly isn't it? We all know some family may say that but in college? How weird would it be when NFL come calling on this Detmer kid next year? Yeah, I know nba has been drooling on Jabari Parker sometime when he was a sofhmore in high school.

    Well, good for him but will he be ready to play after possible injury, changed position, backup qb during his jr and sr year or something or he could be turned away?

  • Objectified Tooele, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:32 a.m.

    Any college is rolling the dice by signing a junior high kid who won't even be old enough to drive for a few more years. They tie up a valuable scholarship and the kid may or may not turn out how they are hoping he will.

    It's a bit surprising that a big-time program like LSU would do this, since they usually have a recruiting advantage anyway. From what was mentioned in the article, the only objective thing known about this kid is that he has precocious size for his age. The short video clip didn't really show much else that could be called exceptional. There are definitely still a lot of unknowns.

    One thing (motto) each college football coach should always keep in mind... the younger the kid, the higher the risk.

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:28 a.m.

    I love college football.

    However, it is becoming more like Minor League Football and a farm system for the NFL.

    This is pathetic. Can you imagine the hype and extremely high expectations this kid will have on him not just when he goes to college, but even when he plays high school football?

    Apparently the Jake Heaps, Ben Olsens and others who were hyped have nothing on this kid.

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:26 a.m.


    Did he forget that the mighty weak Utes are perennial cellar dwellers in an elite conference and sign every player they're interested in?

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:24 a.m.

    Man kids are big these days. 6'3" 190 at age 14.

  • UU32 Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:11 a.m.

    I'm not sure what is more stupid, recruiting a kid in Jr. High or reporting about a kid being recruited in Jr. High.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 8:01 a.m.

    I don't care where the kid plays, but committing while in 9th grade is absurd. The college recruiting game is out of control.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2014 7:53 a.m.

    Did he forget byu is qb university?

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Feb. 25, 2014 7:33 a.m.

    He hasn't played a down of High School football and is already being recruited. Things could change in the next four years no matter how good he is.

  • Creeper51 Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 10:47 p.m.

    This is flat out dumb, why are we even paying attention to this at the moment? The kid won't even be playing on the JV team let alone Varsity this year.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 24, 2014 10:44 p.m.

    Why do I get the sense that many, if not most of these kinds of "commitments" have more to do with the schools football program rather than its academics?

    I know there are many benefits that come from participation in sports and the financial rewards if one advances to the professional ranks are often far greater than one could ever expect from a job in whatever field that logically follows from a college degree. But, if sports has become such a prevailing motivation for going to college, wouldn't it be more efficient, not to mention more honest, to simply have these kids enroll in college with a declared major in something like, "professional sports"?

    Then they wouldn't need to be distracted by non-essentials, like math, history (apart from perhaps the history of their chosen sport) or sociology, etc.

  • LovelyDeseret Gilbert, AZ
    Feb. 24, 2014 7:25 p.m.

    If any young man can handle the pressure surrounding such an early commitment, it is a third generation Detmer.

    I look forward to see great things from him.