BYU Smiling on Signing Day (Completed List of 13)

It's done... It's officially a great day for Cougar recruiting as the only surprises, you might say, were good ones. The only nervousness came when R.J. Willing's letter was a few hours later than the others, but, hey, he's four hours earlier than Provo-time... let the kid sleep in! Every recruit expected to sign did so today including Hot 100 national prospects Ofa Mohetau and Brian Soi.

Note: this list courtesy of www.byucougars.com, the "Official Site for 2003 BYU Football Signee Information" as compiled by Jeff Reynolds, BYU Athletic Media Relations. Check out the time listed at the top, the time the letter of intent came in

5:45 A.M. (MST)
Walt Williams
6-0 - 170 - Defensive Back
Miami, Florida (Eastern Arizona JC)
A native of Miami, Fla. ... parents are Shellie Hill and Walter Williams Jr. ... listed as a 2001 JC Football.com Top-100 prospect ... named Defensive Player of the Year in Dade County during his senior year ... a First-Team All-ACCAC as a punt returner and second-team defensive back ... following the 2001 season, listed as the 21st-ranked junior college player in the nation by TheInsiders.com ... recruited by Wisconsin, East Carolina, Auburn, Mississippi State and Kansas State.

7:15 A.M. (MST)
David Nixon
6-3 - 200 - Linebacker
College Station, Texas (A&M Consolidated)
A SuperPrep All-Southwest Region selection ... a PrepStar Magazine All-Region selection ... recorded 87 total tackles as a junior ... credited with 12.5 sacks ... led A&M to the Class 5A playoffs ... an all-district selection ... clocked at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash ... parents are Clair and Laura Nixon ... one of 10 children ... third cousin of former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon ... recruited by Texas A&M, Arizona, TCU, Rice, SMU and Houston.

7:21 A.M. (MST)
Ofa Mohetau
6-3 - 320 - Offensive Line
Euless, Texas (Trinity HS)
Regarded as the top high school offensive lineman in the country ... a CNNSI High School All-American ... A SuperPrep Elite 50 selection ... ranked as the top offensive line prospect in the nation by SuperPrep Magazine and Student Sports Magazine ... a PrepStar Magazine top-100 selection ... helped Trinity HS to a 9-2 overall record ... recorded 104 knockdowns and 45 pancakes as a senior ... parents are Sione and Siva Mohetau ... Recruited by Texas, Arizona State, Colorado, Miami (Fla.) and Nebraska.

7:28 A.M. (MST)
Dan Van Sweden
6-3 - 210 - Tight End
West Point, Utah (Northridge HS)
A first-team all-state selection ... credited with 29 receptions for 532 yards, including 4 touchdown receptions ... earned Region 1 Defensive Player-of-the-Year honors ... earned team Defensive Player-of-the-Year honors ... named team captain ... recognized as the Most Improved Offensive Player ... tallied 39 solo tackles and 46 assisted takedowns, including 10 sacks and 22 hurries ... under the direction of head coach Fred Fernandez, helped lead Northridge to an 11-2 record and a third straight Utah 5A championship ... also lettered in basketball and track ... parents are James and Michelle Van Sweden ... recruited by Utah, Utah State, Idaho State, Weber State, Southern Utah and Wyoming ... plans to major in construction management.

7:42 A.M. (MST)
Jason Speredon
6-5 - 275 - Offensive Line
West Valley City, Utah (Granger HS)
A two-time Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune First-Team All-State selection ... a PrepStar Magazine All-Region selection ... a high Honor-Roll student at Granger High School ... recorded 75 tackles, including 12 sacks as a senior defensive lineman ... a three-year starter for the head coach Dan Eckert ... team captain ... a SuperPrep All-Midlands selection ... a Student Sports Magazine Junior All-American ... a three time letterwinner in wrestling ... placed fourth in the state finals as a sophomore, and third as a junior ... an Eagle Scout ... parents are Joe and Carol Speredon ... recruited by 47 different schools, including Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Stanford, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Oregon.

8:06 A.M. (MST)
Matt Ah You
6-0 - 230 - Linebacker
Cedar Hills, Utah (Lone Peak HS)
A first-team, all-state selection as a linebacker and fullback ... All-Region 7 Defensive MVP ... All-Utah Valley Elite 11 ... an Honor Roll student at Lone Peak HS ... averaged 5.5 yards per carry as a full back at Lone Peak ... helped Lone Peak to the State 4A championship game ... a four-year letterwinner in wrestling ... rated the state's top wrestler in his weight class ... both wrestling and football team captain ... younger brother of current BYU player C.J. Ah You ... his father, Charles, was a three-year letterwinner for the Cougars from 1973-1975 ... parents are Charles and Joyce Ah You ... recruited by Hawaii, Utah, Arizona State, UCLA and Colorado State.

8:13 A.M. (MST)
Mitch Payne
6-3 - 185 - Kicker / Punter
North Ogden, Utah (Weber HS)
A Salt Lake Tribune First-Team, All-State selection ... kicked 11 field goals for the Warriors as a senior, including two from 53 yards out ... averaged 41.6 yards per punt, and never missed an extra-point attempt ... younger brother of current BYU kicker/punter Matt Payne ... carries a 4.0 grade-point average ... recruited by Air Force, Stanford, Arizona and Washington State ... plans to serve a two-year Church mission before participating ... parents are Gordon and Mary Payne.

8:37 A.M. (MST)
Dallas Reynolds
6-5 - 310 - Offensive Line
Provo, Utah (Timpview HS)
A two-time Deseret News First-Team All-State selection ... a two-time all-region performer ... the son of current BYU offensive line coach Lance Reynolds ... older brother, Lance, plays linebacker for the Cougars ... a SuperPrep All-Midlands selection ... a PrepStar Magazine All-Region selection ... team captain ... parents are Lance and Leslie Reynolds ... recruited by Stanford, Arizona, Ohio State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Colorado and Oregon ... an Eagle Scout ... will serve a two-year Church mission before enrolling at BYU.

8:38 A.M. (MST)
Brian Soi
6-4 - 295 - Defensive Line
Provo, Utah (Timpview HS)
A national top-100 defensive line prospect ... A Student Sports, Inc. and Prep Star All-American ... a two-time Deseret News First-Team All-State selection ... a three-time all-region selection ... played both offensive and defensive line for the Thunderbirds ... A SuperPrep Elite 50 selection ... ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle prospect in the nation by SuperPrep Magazine ... named the SuperPrep Midlands Defensive Player of the Year ... a PrepStar Magazine All-American ... parents are Motu and Puna Soi ... recruited by Arizona State, Penn State, Tennessee, Nebraska, USC and Oregon.

9:07 A.M. (MST)
Brett Denney
6-4 - 255 - Defensive End
Thornton, Colo. (Legacy HS)
Recorded 48 tackles, including 9 sacks ... credited with 5 fumble recoveries ... younger brother of current defensive lineman John Denney, and former All-MWC performer Ryan Denney (now with the Buffalo Bills) ... parents are Craig and Sheri Denney.

9:30 A.M. (MST)
Philip Niu
6-5 - 240 - Tight End
Gilbert, Arizona (Highland HS)
Totaled 41 receptions for over 400 yards as a senior at Highland High School ... credited with 3 touchdowns ... earned first-team all-conference and second-team all-state honors as a senior ... selected as a team captain ... played outside linebacker on defense ... a three-year letterwinner for the Hawks ... also lettered as a junior in volleyball ... served an LDS Church mission to Atlanta, Georgia ... first cousin to former Cougar and NFL star Vai Sikahema ... helped guide Highland High School to an 8-3 record as a senior ... recruited by Utah State, Utah and Colorado State ... signed with Colorado State out of high school.

9:55 A.M. (MST)
Aaron Attig
6-3 - 190 - Defensive Back
Logandale, Nevada (Moapa Valley HS)
Recorded 54 unassisted and 77 assisted tackles as a senior ... credited with 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 1 blocked kick ... also had 29 receptions for 492 yards, averaging 17.0 yards per reception ... averaged 4.7 yards per carry ... helped Pirates to a 6-5 record ... Parents are Barto and Margaret Attig.

11:50 A.M. (MST)
R.J. Willing
6-4 - 290 - Offensive Line
Kahuku, Hawaii (Kamehameha HS)
A national top-100 offensive line prospect ... a Honolulu Advertiser First-Team, All-State selection ... a SuperPrep All-Farwest selection ... recruited by Oregon, Washington, Utah and Hawaii ... parents are Richard and Susan Willing.


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