BYU Gets Two Great Recruiting Gifts

Twas exactly one week before Christmas and Gary Crowton was in the house. Actually, he was in the BYU house, as in his office on Wednesday, and got a perfectly wrapped early set of presents: the commitments of outstanding linemen Dallas Reynolds and Brian Soi, teammates and friends at Provo (Utah) Timpview High.

The pair drove the five minutes from their school to the Cougar football office where at 2:30 pm MST they told Crowton both would be signing with the Mountain West school in February.

Reynolds, a 6-4, 310 pound senior rated as the No. 8 offensive lineman in the West by, was thought to be a lock for BYU simply because his father, Lance, is an offensive assistant at BYU.

Still, the senior had offers from Colorado, Arizona, Vanderbilt, Stanford and Tennessee and had trip dates set with the Buffaloes and the Cardinal as well as the two main instate schools, Utah and BYU (Jan. 17).

Some free time last week to think about the future, however, led to the final decision.

"For me, I knew BYU was where I wanted to go after sitting down by myself and listing the different choices."

Once Soi heard of Reynold's decision, he decided to double BYU's good fortune.

"Brian called me last night," continued Reynolds, "and I told him I was going to be going to BYU. We decided we'd do it (tell the coaches) together. He had said earlier to let him know when I was ready and once I made my decision, he decided he'd do it with me."

Soi is a 6-3, 292 pound defensive lineman rated by Student Sports as the No. 7 player nationally at his position and the No. 89 prospect in the country. He had tripped earlier this month to USC and Oregon and as recently as Monday was saying the Ducks were his leader. However, a home visit with Gary Crowton Monday evening helped seal the deal for the home state school

Considered the top prospect in Utah this season, Soi had offers from national powers such as USC, Oregon, Nebraska, Tennessee and Penn State, but decided he wanted to stay close to home.

He'll visit BYU officially on Jan. 17, when many of the Cougars' top recruits, including Texas All-American offensive lineman Ofa Mohetau, will be on campus.

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