He had been silently and tentatively committed for a little over a week, but he wanted to make it more official to the Cougar coaching staff. 2017 tight end prospect Bentley Hanshaw (Moorpark High School - Moorpark, CA) confirmed that he will indeed be a BYU Cougar.
“It feels great to finally be committed,” Hanshaw said. “I’ve always dreamed about this kind of stuff and now it’s real. I’m not the first person to go to BYU with the name Hanshaw on the back of a jersey, so my dad is excited about my decision to follow in his footsteps.”
Hanshaw met with BYU offensive line coach Mike Empey, tight ends coach Steve Clark, and director of recruiting operations Tevita Ofahengaue in the football offices when he made his commitment to BYU official.
“I actually committed about a week and a half ago, but I wanted to make it official in-person when I could meet with the coaches,” Hanshaw said. “When I made the announcement, I kind of reiterated to everyone what I said to Coach Empey on the phone. I just told them that I want in and I want to be a part of BYU football. Coach Clark was really excited when I told him.”
BYU head coach Kalani Sitake was busy attending the needs of all the various outlets during BYU’s football media day when Hanshaw committed to members of his staff last Thursday. He received news later that day.
“Coach Sitake was really busy with all the BYU media day stuff that was going on,” said Hanshaw. “I’m going to try and cross paths with him while I’m down here so I can talk with him.”
After a hectic day filled with media interviews and radio appearances, Coach Detmer was also involved with media day and learned of Hanshaw’s commitment while saying goodbye later on on Thursday.
“It was funny because Detmer didn’t know until he was saying goodbye,” said Hanshaw. “He was like, ‘So, when are you going to be making your decision?’ I told him, ‘Coach, I’ve already committed.’ He just said something like, ‘Oh alright man! It’s good to have you on board.’ Everyone was excited about it and I’m excited too.”
A member of the 2017 class, Hanshaw also held offers from PAC-12 and Mountain West Conference programs, among others.
“I was offered by Oregon State, Utah, Utah State, San Diego State, and most the Mountain West,” said Hanshaw. “I think I had around 12 or 13 offers.”
“We lived in the same city forever but then [Tanner’s] family moved to Georgia because of his dad’s job,” said Hanshaw. “Right after he moved we both started getting offers. He committed to BYU and I just did so we’ll be reunited at BYU.
“Then there’s Isaac [Rex] who also committed to BYU. We’ve been family friends and have attended camps ever since we were kids. When he found out he was really excited also. We’re going to bring tight end university back to BYU. I’ve known them for the longest time. Who would have thought we all would be going to the same college to play football? It really is an exciting thing for me.”null