More Recruiting Odds & Ends

A week from today and everyone signs on the dotted line. But until then, don't expect anyone, especially coaches, to take anything for granted. Read on for some quickies on the latest Cougar football recruiting news...

*** And then there were three... Ofa Mohetau, the Euless (Texas) Trinity lineman, the best h.s. lineman I've seen on film in the last five years, has ruled out the Univ. of Texas, which is huge for BYU.

That leaves the Cougs to battle ASU and Miami for the nation's top lineman. Texas is a recruiting juggernaut and had the home cooking factor going for it.

Weighing the two other competitors, you'd think ASU would be the most likely because he has a cousin there and it's closer than Miami. Ofa seems very family oriented and with family in Utah and the fact Miami is so far and it's doubtful many around him could see him play in person, you'd think it'd be BYU and ASU.

I'm still thinking BYU, but I've seen down-to-the-wire ones like this go any which way. It won't be over until the school of choice gets the signature faxed in.

***H.B. Arnett is reporting BYU has a verbal from Chris Warner, a 6-1, 185 pound RB/DB from Reno (Nev.) McQueen.

Arnett said the news came from the head football coach Ken Dalton on NevadaPrep.com that "an arrangement has been worked out for Warner to get a scholarship after his LDS mission.

That will allow Warner to attend his "Dream" school, according to Dalton."

Warner played QB and DB and didn't put up big numbers, but he played for the state championship team and really made a name for himself when he ran a 4.55 in the 40 and a 4.32 in the shuttle at a combine last spring.

He's also a standout in track and was one of Nevada's top long jumpers, clearing over 23 feet.

The key to this is his clock won't start until after his mission.

*** Finally, this is why BYU is a classy school.

A source close to Robert Oberst, the 6-5, 300 pound offensive lineman at Aptos High (Calif.) told me that BYU's Mike Empey stopped by this weeke to tell Robert they couldn't offer a scholarship but offered to help him get into a JC or find some other options best he could.

Now, knowing BYU didn't have any scholarships left for OLs, it's a pretty cool gesture for one of the Cougar coaches to stop by and visit personally with a recruit they know they can't get, at least right now.

It could, however, pay dividends if Oberst goes to a JC and becomes a player and can get qualified for BYU.

The Cougars have made some glaring recruiting errors in the past in handling prospects, so it's good to see some considerate things going on like meeting with a player who a coach has built a relationship with.


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