A Closer Look at Key Returning RMs (Part I)

In the first of two parts, we look at the recently returned missionaries in the BYU football program and examine how good they were in high school...

David Sollami
Sollami came out of Claremont, Calif. and was 6-4, 280 before his mission. His strengths were his technique and his quickness off the line. He had 5.1 speed in the 40 and played left tackle in high school. He has a brother, James, who also served a mission. Sollami was offered by Oregon, Hawaii and Cal. The Bears were the biggest threat to get him before BYU pulled it out.

Adam Nelson
Nelson was a 6-2, 170 pound DB at Orem High, but I didn't know that much about him before he signed with BYU other than he went to the BYU summer camp for several years where he won his scholarship based on his good athleticism and football instincts. His older brother, Tyler, also played safety for the Cougs.

John Beck
The highly publicizied returned missionary QB had a huge senior year, but strangely was recruited more during and after his mission that he was in high school. ASU was a serious threat but Beck claims he felt the Spirit confirm to him BYU was the place while he was in Provo during a summer workout.

Joel Theler
A standout DB at Brighton High in Salt Lake, Theler was 6-3, 185 pounds his senior year and only had offers from BYU and Utah. However, BYU coaches fell in love with him at the summer Cougar camp when he ran a 4.51. His father, John, has been a CFO for Franklin Covey. Theler is a safety prospect with 4.6 speed and also played QB, RB and WR. HE was a teammate of LB Lawrence Cowan, who also signed out of the class with BYU. Theler had an amazing playoff game his senior year when he had a TD pass, run and reception plus a key INT.

Fahu Tahi
Along with Beck, probably is the most well known of this group of RMs. Tahi had 1,800 yards with 18 TDs his senior year (1999, most of the others were Class of 2000). He was also a 1st team all-state player his junior year when he ran for over 2,000 yards. A cousin of Junior Mahe, he had 4.5 speed in high school and was rated by one recruiting service as the 27th best RB in the nation. Had trips or trip offers from Arizona and Nebraska as well as BYU. Utah and UNLV also offered. Good size in high school at 6-0, 215.

Quinn Gooch
A 6-1, 190 pound multi-purpose athlete from Sabino High in Tucson, Ariz., he chose BYU over Arizona, which also offered. In only eight games his senior year (he missed six with a knee injury), Gooch ran for 1,010 yards and 15 TDs. Despite having a 3.6 GPA, he took the SAT/ACT very late which hurt his recruiting stock as you can't take an official campus visit until you take, not just pass, one of the tests. He was recruited as an athlete, likely to play wide receiver or safety. His older brother, Dave, just wrapped up his junior college career as a wide receiver at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizon. He unfortunately suffered a similar fate to Quinn, tearing his ACL during the season. Dave is anticipated to be a highly sought after walk-on for the Cougs this Winter. He is 6'4".

K.C. Bills
This guy, if he can stay healthy, really has me excited. I personally saw him light up the testing element at a Nike Camp in Colorado where he measured at 6-1, 226 and ran a 4.64, did 29 reps on the bench, jumped 30 inches in the vertical and did a blazing 4.26 in the shuttle. He had a wide array of offers, including ones from ASU, Arizona, Northwestern, Pitt and Colorado State. He ran for 1,400 yards as a senior and was the first four-year starter at Arapahoe High in Littleton, Colo. The problem is injuries, as he's had back problems throughout his career. If healthy, he has NFL type physical abilities.

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