Cougars Taking a Close Look at Comer

Head coach Bronco Mendenhall made it no secret after the dismissal of Shiloah Te'o from the team that he and his staff will be targeting a junior college safety that can transfer midyear. Ryan Comer from Snow College appears to fit the bill, and Cougar coaches are in constant contact with him. TBS caught up with Comer to learn of BYU's interest and his other options.

Ryan Comer is a 6-foot-1-inch, 205-pound free safety prospect from Snow College. He hails from Lone Peak High School in Alpine, Utah and was offered a spot on BYU's team as a preferred walkon out of high school, but opted for a scholarship at Snow.

Following his mission in Houston, Comer was forced to redshirt during his initial season at Snow due to an injury. Now fully healthy, Comer finished out his regular season at Snow starting at free safety and will play this Saturday in the Top of the Mountains Bowl at Rice Eccles Stadium.

"I had a good year I feel," he said. "It was great to be able to play again after being out for so long. I don't know my stats, but I feel I did pretty well and I've had several schools come and look at me."

Foremost among those schools is BYU, which was Comer's childhood favorite. His cousin Cameron Comer signed and played for BYU before leaving for a mission, and most of the Comer family bleeds blue.

"I love BYU, always have since I was young," said Comer. "I'd love to play for them and will commit to them the second they offer me. It's been my dream to play for BYU."

He's still waiting for that offer, although coaches have indicated that it's a possibility that he will receive it upon further evaluation that will likely commence this coming Saturday.

"They've told me that they have three open offers to three high school kids that they're waiting on, so they're looking to see how they can fit me or another junior college player in," he explained. "They've told me that they really do need a junior college safety that can transfer midyear and I can do that, so hopefully things work out."

Comer hurried up with his classwork in order to make himself more attractive to not only BYU, but to other potential suitors. Being eligible to practice in the spring while having an entire offseason is an enormous advantage for anyone who hopes to contribute during their inaugural year.

"I had that well in mind the entire time," he said regarding making himself available for a midyear transfer. "It helped motivate me in school to hurry up with my degree as fast as I could. I knew that my ability to get a scholarship would be better if I did."

Comer has been receiving a bevy of emails and phone calls from Cougar coaches. Paul Tidwell has been his primary recruiter. Coaches have in no doubt been impressed with Comer's play, where his combination of size and speed appear to make him a prime candidate for a scholarship offer.

"My speed is my biggest asset," Comer said. "I run a 4.4 forty and I close real fast on guys in the open field. It also helps me in my coverage. Hopefully I'll get my chance to play Division I football. I know that BYU has a need for someone like me who can play right away and add depth to their safety position."

Comer has also been hearing from Utah and a host of Division II football programs, but has BYU squarely in sight as his number one option.

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