Robert Anae is eager to replace the pass catching prowess of outgoing senior wide receiver Cody Hoffman. The coaching staff identified early on in the recruiting process 6'6" 205 lb. Grossmont Community College wide receiver Nick Kurtz. Kurtz is a perfect complement to BYU junior-to-be Mitch Mathews, who is also 6'6" and 206 lbs. Kurtz will not only bring size but also speed to the outside while providing another large receiving target for quarterback Taysom Hill. The future of BYU's wide receiver corps is in great hands with Nick Kurtz in the program.
A quick and shifty player, Dye is a standout performer for Abilene Cooper High School, doubling both as a running back and receiver. At BYU, Dye is expected to play as a slot receiver despite rushing for 1,481 yards his senior season on only 195 carries. Dye will put his speed and pass catching ability to good use as a slot receiver and on special teams as punt and kick returner at BYU. Along with his rushing stats Dye added another 24 catches for 468 yards in 2013. Dye totaled 29 touchdowns this year and he'll be expected to translate that scoring ability to aid BYU's offense. It's a surprise more colleges haven't come calling for his services. The fact that he's LDS with BYU ties (His father James was a standout kick and punt returner for the Cougars) may have had something to do with that.
A two-way player for Hebron High School in Lewisville, Texas, Dale is an intriguing prospect. He could play running back but also play cornerback at BYU if the coaches decide that's where they need him. Dale isn't your typical big-body back but more of a change-of-pace back that does most of his damage outside the tackles. Dale could also find his way to work in the slot on occasions due to his speed and shiftiness. Either way his athleticism provides various possibilities for BYU coaches, which is a nice problem to have.
Takitaki is a prospect with loads of potential that BYU coaches will look to develop. Takitaki is a fearless player who plays both ways for Heritage High School as a 6-3, 245-pound running back as well as a rush defensive end. Takitaki has a high ceiling and BYU coaches beat out Wisconsin, among other schools, for his services.
Rated among the top heavy weight wrestlers in the nation, Dawe will bring his skills to BYU's defensive line. Dawe is naturally strong and plays with good leverage, a trait he developed as wrestler, to manipulate and gain an advantage over offensive lineman.
Projected as a nose guard, Tico Fuga will seek to become the rock of BYU's defense, much like his older brother Romney was for BYU. Reports out of California are that "Tico" might be more athletic than his older brother who was an outstanding two-gap nose guard for BYU over the course of his career. Romney was the rock around which some of the most dominant defenses in BYU history were built and his younger brother Teancum will look to continue that tradition. BYU beat out Utah, Utah State and Boise State for Fuga's services.
Mariner is the first cousin of BYU defensive lineman Travis Tuiloma, who is currently serving an LDS mission. Mariner comes from a long family line of football players. Reports from the All-Poly Camp and BYU's summer camp mentioned Mariner as a standout prospect. At 6'4" and 300 lbs. Mariner is a physical, two-gap run stuffing defensive lineman Coach Steve Kaufusi will enjoy coaching.
6'3", 205 lb. Fred Warner is one of two standout prep linebackers that BYU has secured a verbal commitment from. Warner passed up offers from USC, Utah, WSU, ASU, Nebraska, Arizona, and California, among others, when he committed to play for BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall. A fast and incredibly athletic player, Warner has a ton of upside to his game and makes plays on film that excite and impress. Warner's speed allows him to both generate a pass rush off the edge while also being capable of defending the pass in space. The sky is the limit for Warner and Outside Linebackers Coach Kelly Poppinga will work to ensure Warner reaches it.
At 6-3, 216 lbs. with a reported 4.51 second 40 yard dash, Tyler Cook is another outstanding prospect with unlimited potential as an outside linebacker. Cook passed up 13 major college football offers, including Miami, Arizona, Colorado, Vanderbilt and Washington State, to be a part of Coach Mendenhall's attacking 3-4 defense. Cook will look to team with fellow 2014 commit Fred Warner in building an exciting outside linebacker duo for BYU fans to enjoy for years to come.
Koroma was a first team all-state selection as a junior and anchors an offensive line for Allen High School looking to capture a Texas 5A State Championship. As his nearly 150 pancake blocks over the past two years attest, Koroma has a strong core and uses leverage to gain the upper hand over his opponents. Listed at 6'0" and 260 lbs. Koroma is considered undersized by most college programs. If Koroma were an inch or two taller, you'd imagine he would have offers from every Big 12 program.
Chambers passed up an offer from Kansas Head Coach Charlie Weis to commit to Coach Mendenhall and BYU. A two-sport athlete who also excels in basketball for Shawnee High School, Chambers is considered one of the top offensive linemen prospects in the state of Kansas.
Considered to be the ‘diamond in the rough' of the 2014 recruiting class, Herring isn't as well known as some of the other 2014 prospects but that doesn't mean he is any less of a recruit. The 6-7, 270-pound offensive tackle from Perry High School in Arizona absolutely dominated at BYU's summer camp and might have the athleticism to play tight end at the collegiate level. Herring's potential and upside as an athlete has to make Offensive Line Coach Garret Tujague very happy.
The only tight end committed to join BYU in 2014 is 6'5", 230 lb. three sport athlete Matt Bushman. Rated the 47th tight end in the nation, Bushman could arguably be one of the most underrated prospects of the 2014 class given the fact he led the nation as the top high school tight end, statistics-wise, in 2013. A versatile athlete, Bushman may play baseball for BYU as well.
The BYU coaching staff has landed commitments from two very talented defensive backs for 2014. One is local standout Kavika Fonua from Syracuse High School. Fonua was clocked with a 4.4 second time in 40 yard dash at the Nike SPARQ combine in Dallas. Fonua, the #3-rated defensive back, recorded an incredible 123.3 rating in SPARQ testing at the Dallas combine to place him among the top prospects overall nationally, not just among defensive backs. Fonua played both ways for Syracuse as a running back and receiver on offense and at safety on defense. Fonua totaled 740 yards rushing and 214 yards receiving offensively while recording 74 total tackles and one interception on defense.
With Jordan Johnson staring down his senior season, BYU coaches are eager to find Johnson's future replacement, and they feel that Michael Shelton may be that player. Shelton played both wide receiver and cornerback for Wakefield High School in North Carolina. Shelton was a lockdown corner that caused opposing offenses to avoid throwing to his side of the field but he still made plays. On the season, Shelton recorded three interceptions and will bring his ball-hawking skills to BYU's secondary.
Offers On The Table
Offensive Lineman Damien Mama of St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California has listed BYU among his top four schools along with USC, UCLA, and Alabama. Mama is considered the number one high school offensive guard in the nation.
Wide Receiver Keyon Dilosa was the latest to be offered by the BYU coaching staff. Dilosa is from Round Rock High School in Texas and plays at the 5A level where he's excelled.
Outside Linebacker Isaiah Kaufusi has yet to commit to a program but BYU is in a good position to land the Brighton defensive star when it's all said and done.
Safety prospect Courtland Sutton is another defensive back the Cougar staff is looking at to add to their defensive backfield. Sutton is listed at 6'3" 190 lbs. and is a rangy player with speed that would make a nice addition to BYU's defense.
Defensive End Uriah Leiataua grew up a BYU fan and was also recently offered a scholarship after a scholarship slot recently opened up. Leiataua was at one time considered a sure BYU commit months ago if an offer was available, but now the Cougars have some stiff competition, as Leiataua now has offers from Wisconsin, USC, UCLA, WSU, Colorado, and Stanford, among others.