Big Recruiting Weekend for BYU

As many as 20 potential BYU football recruits will be in Provo this weekend. Among them will be many who already committed to sign with the Cougars and others who remain undecided.

With signing day rapidly approaching and bowl season in the rear view mirror, college football recruiting has reached a fever pitch. Coaches around the country are trying to solidify their recruiting class with the best available fits for their program. BYU coaches are in the thick of hunt just like everyone else. This weekend is crucial for the Cougars as several key recruits will be on campus for official visits.

The recruits set to trek to Provo this weekend include committed athletes such as James Lark, Mike Hague and McKay Jacobson. Also visiting will be uncommitted athletes, most of who are being considered to help shore up a defense decimated by graduation.

Zeke Wiley, 6-4, 305, OL/DL recruit from Orem, Utah. Wiley committed to BYU early, but has retracted that commit in light of attention from Utah and Oregon. Expect BYU to look to regain Wiley's allegiance this weekend.

Sione Fua, 6-3, 290, OL/DL from Encino, California. One of the best linemen in California, Fua could go a long way toward filling holes on the defensive line left by three graduating seniors. Stanford and Cal appear to be BYU's main competition for Fua's services.

Matangi Tonga, 6-2, 250, DE from San Mateo, California. The younger brother of current Cougar running back Manasee Tonga is perhaps the most highly regarded prospect at any position this year. Like Fua, Tonga could make an instant impact on the defensive line.

Andre Saulsberry, 5-11, 175, CB from Riverside Junior College in Riverside, California. Saulsberry was a teammate of current Cougar linebacker Chris Bolden. Even the most casual BYU fan should be aware that the Cougars need serious help in the secondary. Saulsberry could come in and provide that help

Stanley Havili, 6-2, 205, RB from Salt Lake City, Utah. While he is tempted by the bright lights of the Pac-10, Havili has not rejected the possibility of sticking to his roots. This weekend may well be Cougar coaches' last attempt to keep Havili close to home.

Esteben Reveles, 6-2, 255, DE from Ventura Junior College in Ventura, California. He had seven sacks last season while being named the MVP for the defense in each of his two seasons for Ventura. BYU needs true defensive ends next year, and Reveles could fit the bill.

TBS will contact these recruits and more after they leave Provo this weekend. Be sure to check back for reports on how their trips went and who may have committed to play for the Cougars.


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