Lake still blue

Four-star cornerback recruit and 2015 BYU commit Dayan Lake has had a great junior season so far. Ranked the No. 20 cornerback recruit in his class by Scout, the Northridge High School star has been receiving quite a bit of attention from programs looking to test his commitment to BYU Lake.

Coming in at 5 feet 11 inches and 185 pounds, Dayan Lake is one of the top athletes in the state of Utah, and he's only a junior. While Northridge's season hasn't been going as hoped for, Lake has had a good season personally.

"So far this season everything has been going really well for me," said Lake. "I was getting mad because teams weren't throwing to my side most of the time, so we changed up our defense a little bit where I could blitz more often. This year I've been able to get more sacks and that's been a lot of fun for me. I've also gotten about four picks this year when teams do throw my way. Things have been going good. The last time I checked, I think I had around 40 tackles, but I don't know if our coach updated our stats or not."

Over the course of the 2013 season, Lake has been given the task of covering each opposing teams' best receiver. To try and get their best receivers open, opposing coaches have tried to scheme away from Lake.

"Yeah, a lot of teams will throw away from me," Lake said. "What they'll do is if I'm lined up on their best receiver, they'll send the kid in motion, or they'll run a sweep or a fade to me to get me out of there."

This season, Lake has attended a few BYU games at LaVell Edwards Stadium. While the results of his high school season haven't been the best, Lake is very pleased with the way BYU's season has played out so far.

"Oh, I love it!" Lake said. "It's getting me excited and I just want to go out there and play. I've been going down there to watching some of the games and it's been getting me excited. They've been doing good too and beating teams like Texas, Georgia Tech and other teams. I went down to the Georgia Tech game and they had a good game against them. I'm excited.

"I've been keeping in touch with the BYU coaching staff, and when I go down to see the games I've been talking to Coach Howell. It's been great because before I didn't know as many of the players down there, but now I pretty much know all of them. I just think I fit in well at BYU and within the style of defense they play down there."

BYU's secondary took a big hit this season with the loss of cornerbacks Jordan Johnson and Trent Trammell. Still, Coach Howell has been able to coach up his players and manage the secondary despite the injuries.

"Yeah, I've been impressed with how things have gone overall," said Lake. "I've been impressed with Robertson Daniel and how he's been playing good coverage even though he hasn't been playing out there very long. He's done a great job in coverage and in the run game."

Although Lake committed to BYU back in the early part of July, he's been receiving an overwhelming amount of letters from programs trying to pry his eyes and gauge the level of his BYU commitment.

"I've been getting a ton of letters from a lot of different colleges," said Lake. "Most of the letters come from out of state. I've been getting some from Utah and BYU. Like, I get around 300 every week. I get a ton of letters from Alabama, Oregon, Washington, Florida State, Boise State and a bunch of other schools. Alabama sent me a written letter saying they're interested but can't send me a written scholarship until my senior year. They said that they'll keep an eye on me and that I'm one of their top recruits."

While Lake is receiving quite a bit of interest and enough mail to fill a storage unit, his heart is still BYU blue through and through.

"Well, it's a nice compliment that all these colleges send me stuff and are showing interest," Lake said. "I'm just committed to BYU and bleed blue. I just feel like that's the place where I fit in the most. I'm excited."

On September 20, Northridge faced Syracuse, pitting two future Cougars against one another. Lake and the Knight defense were given the task of stopping Syracuse's two-way athlete Kavika Fonua.

"When we played against Syracuse, Kavika had a really good game against us," recalled Lake. "We both had really good games when we played each other. He had a few really big runs against us because his line is bigger than ours, but our team was down that game and our quarterback was hurt. He had a good game though and is a great athlete."

Syracuse won the game 45-27 and Fonua had a big game on offense. Lake is excited to know he'll be playing alongside Fonua in BYU's secondary in the future.

"It's going to be fun playing with him at BYU," said Lake. "He gets up the field fast and I don't know how he does it. He's a really good athlete and we were talking about playing together at BYU about a week ago when we were hanging out together. It's going to be a lot of fun playing together in the secondary. He's a good athlete."

Fonua also had praise for Lake.

"Yeah, he's dang good," Fonua said. "He's a really good athlete and it's going to be a lot of fun playing with him at BYU. He's really talented and is going to be a really good cornerback at BYU. We're going to do some good things out there at BYU together."


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