BYU football: Strong relationship built with Sitake leads to commitment of 4-star prospect Jacob Conover

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  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    May 17, 2018 7:09 p.m.

    Nice get and it adds to the developing pipeline of talent at that position. Now hopefully coaches can develop that talent and build the depth there (unlike when the previous head coach was there).

  • SportsFan Provo, UT
    May 17, 2018 8:25 a.m.

    navel vet

    "You’re gonna be 'midmajors forever'"

    The Utes have never been anything except midmajors.

    It takes more that simply slapping a P5 sticker on your helmet to be one of the big boys.

    Despite your arrogance, the Utes aren't even capable of winning a division title in the weakest division (fewest CCG wins), in the weakest P5 conference (fewest NC this century) in the country.

    One of these days, Colorado football will once again develop a steady pulse, and the Utes will move from mid-pac-major to pac-cellar-dweller.

  • banliberals Bountiful, UT
    May 16, 2018 12:28 p.m.

    I got to laugh at Both the BYU and Ute Bloggers here....

    You're pathetic......neither of you has any room to brag!

    I don't want to hear anything form either of you until:

    Utah wins a PAC 12 Title and plays in the Rose Bowl,

    or BYU goes undefeated...

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    May 16, 2018 10:30 a.m.

    BlueHusky (cont.):

    “BYU plays nationally, and they're beginning to recruit nationally.”

    The cougars have always got kids from across the country, but so too does Utah. The difference is that the majority of YOUR “national” recruits, are more of the “2-star” flavor. Utah’s recruits are once again substantially better.

    “BYU has been elite and will be again.”

    Not really. You’re gonna be “midmajors forever”, and can only hope to produce an “elite W/L record” when their SOS is at its weakest. Same as it ever was.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    May 16, 2018 10:30 a.m.

    BlueHusky (cont.):

    “Utah is a good university in a beautiful setting. BYU is also a good university in a beautiful setting, but with national exposure every week. ESPN is the key. Everybody knows something about BYU. WCC also provides Cal exposure.”

    Utah IS a good university in a beautiful setting, but the cougars are NOT! They’re a “WACish and midmajory” school in a setting that takes a backseat to not only the UofU, but to also Utah St as well. And no, playing at UMass, UConn, ECU, UCF, Cincy, Houston, M Tenn, Toledo, NIU, or Memphis in a bowl game does NOT give you “national exposure”! Not when hardly anybody is watching. Utah’s Nielsen ratings are annually higher, so if ANY team in that state gets to boast of “national exposure”, it’s your big brother on the hill. Not you.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    May 16, 2018 10:29 a.m.

    BlueHusky:

    “Utah toils in the 2nd tier of the PAC12, scheduling Div 2 teams for ‘warm up’ then losing to the powers of the PAC12.”

    Who exactly are the “powers of the PAC12”? USC? Stanford? Oregon? Washington? Because since joining the Pac-12, we’ve beaten a lot more of them than the cougars have, so I don’t know what YOU’RE talking about. And FWIW, the indy-WACers have played more FCS teams than we have. And you’ve played more “midmajors” too. In fact, your SOS had been substantially weaker than Utah’s in EVERY season since we’d left the MWC. Typical hypocritical coug.

    “Utah will have a good year once in a while, but they haven't had a good season since they joined the PAC12.”

    Utah finished ranked in the Final AP poll 3 consecutive years from 2014-16, and were co-champions of our division during that span. So that’s 3 good, 2 mediocre, and 2 bad years. So in other words, you were WRONG!

  • Whatsnu Sandy, UT
    May 16, 2018 10:28 a.m.

    Wallbanger

    Utah is 28-35 in PAC 12 games since joining the conference, with four 5th place division finishes and zero division championships.

    And that's with all of the revenue, recruiting and scheduling advantages of playing in a P5 conference.

    Utah has played the same teams in the same venues for 7 seasons, with half of the games at home, yet you've still only won 44% of your conference games and you've only beaten 9 conference opponents that finished with winning records, barely more than 1 per season.

    As Pugman requested,

    "Please don't lecture us on embarrassing records."

  • Pugman Tremonton, UT
    May 16, 2018 9:46 a.m.

    @Wallbanger
    In all the years Utah has been in the Pac-12 your still many games under 500. Please don't lecture us on embarrassing records.

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    May 16, 2018 9:34 a.m.

    Personally, I’d rather have byu in the PAC than Colorado. It makes the rivalry a lot less meaningful when we’re not in the same conference. That’s one reason I’m for dropping the game all together, and playing our recruiting areas more with our OOC games.

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    May 16, 2018 8:49 a.m.

    “If football success, both recent and historical, had been the only criteria, BYU would have been a lock over Utah and Colorado.”

    No they wouldn’t, at least not for the PAC 12 or the Big 10. You have to be a ‘Tier 1 Research Institution’ as well for those conferences. And byu is NOT one!

    BYU’s “recent and historical success” in football must not be too impressive for those outside the Provo Bubble. Especially the Big 12. That’s why you can’t get into a P5, all the while belittling a league (PAC 12) you desperately wish you were a part of, and have an embarrassingly losing record against.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    May 16, 2018 8:21 a.m.

    I'm on record for loving independence. BYU plays all over the country. They play multiple SEC teams. They have, if I counted right, 18 PAC-12 games are on the schedule. They play games with Big Ten, Big Twelve, ACC.

    Utah toils in the 2nd tier of the PAC12, scheduling Div 2 teams for "warm up" then losing to the powers of the PAC12.

    Utah will have a good year once in a while, but they haven't had a good season since they joined the PAC12. Utah has only a local draw with some gets from California. How does Utah get elite players from PAC12 states? California has 4 PAC12 teams; they get the cream. Arizona, Oregon, Washington all have good to great teams. Even Idaho has Boise State. How does Utah really succeed against those PAC12 teams? Once in a while, maybe. Utah is a good university in a beautiful setting. BYU is also a good university in a beautiful setting, but with national exposure every week. ESPN is the key. Everybody knows something about BYU. WCC also provides Cal exposure.

    BYU plays nationally, and they're beginning to recruit nationally. Not to say Utah is a bad team, but they're not elite. BYU has been elite and will be again.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    May 16, 2018 7:40 a.m.

    When in doubt, speculate!

    Why don't we all get on with OUR lives and just wait for the results from the field? Oh, I know it's fun but nothing we say or do will have any effect on the games that will be played.

    🤗

  • Lone*Star Austin, TX
    May 15, 2018 11:22 p.m.

    Wallbanger

    “And all that “awesomeness” has gotten you absolutely NOTHING! Except, a horrible knew-jerk decision by going independent,”

    All of that “awesomeness” proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that BYU’s lack of an invite to the PAC 12 had absolutely nothing to do with football success.

    If football success, both recent and historical, had been the only criteria, BYU would have been a lock over Utah and Colorado.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    May 15, 2018 9:17 p.m.

    These are the Legacy kids on which BYU will rebuild it's program.

  • london_josh Lincoln, CA
    May 15, 2018 3:27 p.m.

    "If byu has another year like last year, “sheriff” Sitake may not be around. Will Conover still stay committed?"

    He says BYU has been his dream school and he's been a fan since he as a little boy.

    He also says that teams have ups and downs but he's still committed.

    Players who believe that they'll have an impact generally stay on that track. Conover according to Detmer went to 7 on 7 drills with his own playbook that he'd made and brought.

    Read up on him, this isn't exactly a feeble character or commitment - he made it early and decisively. His intention is to win the QB position after Hall and Wilson battle it out during his mission.

    By the way, Jaren Hall served in my ward, about BYU's stumbles he said that it just makes him more anxious to go back and contribute - I don't want a QB who want's a free ride in a cushy program, I want the ones who have the heart of a champion.

  • shadowfx Chandler, AZ
    May 15, 2018 3:17 p.m.

    I have the privilege and honor of knowing this youngman. He is a TRULY a Leader ON and OFF the field. He is never afraid to show his faith in God in open prayer when any player from his team or other team is hurt.
    He is kind and friendly to the young and old after the game when they come to him to congratulate him on his performance that night, whether win or lose.
    He is an inspiration for my son, with autism, who is an assistant coach with the Chandler Wolves.
    Jacob Conover is a GREAT youngman, leader, player, and ambassador.
    NO I am not a BYU fan, but I will watch Jacob play with Gunner as I know them both and think the world of them.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    May 15, 2018 1:42 p.m.

    Sorry Jelly last post was for Walled in...

  • Jello is Good ,
    May 15, 2018 12:49 p.m.

    @Wallbanger - Spanish Fork, UT
    May 15, 2018 12:35 p.m.

    "And all that “awesomeness” has gotten you absolutely NOTHING! Except, a horrible knew-jerk decision by going independent, an extremely low number of players sent to the NFL, a recent recruiting class at #90, no CFP rankings, the firing of your former Heisman and last but not least, seven straight losses to big brother. How’s all that working out for ya so far?"

    I'm good, you?

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    May 15, 2018 12:35 p.m.

    LonestarRunner:

    And all that “awesomeness” has gotten you absolutely NOTHING! Except, a horrible knew-jerk decision by going independent, an extremely low number of players sent to the NFL, a recent recruiting class at #90, no CFP rankings, the firing of your former Heisman and last but not least, seven straight losses to big brother. How’s all that working out for ya so far?

  • North Guy Corinne, UT
    May 15, 2018 12:07 p.m.

    Sounds like a great young man and good Q.B. prospect for the future. BTW gotta love it how the Ute trollers mock the Cougars for not having 4& 5 star rated players across the board. But when they do get a high rated Q.B. they immediately bring up Jake Heaps. Not every player lives up to the hype and pressures put on them.

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    May 15, 2018 11:19 a.m.

    Y's Little Brother: "Remind us the last time a Utah 4-star QB recruit accomplished anything of significance at the national level."

    Lester L. Wester: "Recruits don't accomplish anything..."

    LOL at how you dodged the challenge, because you know that the answer would be...

    NEVER!

    Prove me wrong:

    When was the last time a 4-star Utah QB accomplished anything of significance at the national level - name, star rating, year and significant national level accomplishment?

  • LonestarRunner Salt Lake City, UT
    May 15, 2018 11:10 a.m.

    wallbanger

    "Remind us the last time the Cougs accomplished ANYTHING of significance on the national level. Mid 90s, or do we need to go ALL the way back to the 80s?"

    2006 to 2009

    Four straight Top 25 finishes in both polls
    - Utah has never had four straight Top 25 finishes

    Three 11+ win, Top 15 seasons
    - Utah has only had two 11+ win, Top 15 seasons in their entire history

    Two straight MWC Championships
    - Utah has only had back-to-back conference championships ONCE in the last SIX decades

    2001 - Doak Walker Award Winner (Nation's Best RB)

  • Wallbanger Spanish Fork, UT
    May 15, 2018 10:36 a.m.

    Utes-Best Lil Brothers:

    Remind us the last time the cougs accomplished ANYTHING of significance on the national level. Mid 90s, or do we need to go ALL the way back to the 80s?

    If byu has another year like last year, “sheriff” Sitake may not be around. Will Conover still stay committed?

  • Lester L. Wester Henderson, NV
    May 15, 2018 10:34 a.m.

    Ute's Little Brother: "Remind us the last time a Utah 4-star QB recruit accomplished anything of significance at the national level."

    Recruits don't accomplish anything, except headlines in Provo. Get back to us when he actually steps on the field. Three years is a long time away to be so excited over a verbal commit.
    BYU-P's track record with verbal commits hasn't been so great lately.

  • Utes-Best Lil Brothers Anaheim, CA
    May 15, 2018 8:30 a.m.

    azute1

    Remind us the last time a Utah 4-star QB recruit accomplished anything of significance at the national level.

  • Jello is Good ,
    May 15, 2018 7:18 a.m.

    @cjd1 - Draper, UT
    May 14, 2018 11:35 p.m.

    "BYU has been my dream school since I was young". Sorry his commitment to BYU came long before he met Sitake two years ago."

    ---------------------

    But he was still considering other options. Otherwise why talk to Danny White who, it appears, tried to convince him that football at ASU could be his mission. Wherever he chooses to play football, the mission was the right call and way more important then what school he plays for.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    May 15, 2018 6:27 a.m.

    “The quarterback factory is back.”

    I thought it was back w/J Heaps?

    Oh wait....

    How about w/T Mangum?

    Oh wait....

    Then all of that 2 star talent surrounding him....Oh boy!

    GO UTES!

  • Sore loser Oakland, CA
    May 15, 2018 5:44 a.m.

    Or he could have gone to Alabama and found out if you don’t win the locker room you sit the bench

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    May 15, 2018 12:06 a.m.

    I am pleased he committed to BYU and will look forward to the day when we can watch him play. That being said I look forward to what coach Grimes puts together this year and the growth of those already here.

  • cjd1 Draper, UT
    May 14, 2018 11:35 p.m.

    "BYU has been my dream school since I was young". Sorry his commitment to BYU came long before he met Sitake two years ago.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    May 14, 2018 10:42 p.m.

    The quarterback factory is back.