BYU Signing Day: Player Videos — Page 1
BYU football announced the signing of 20 athletes to national letters of intent on Wednesday.
Unlike other seasons under Bronco Mendenhall’s direction, the Cougars were in the running for several players late in the recruiting process.
Despite some disappointments down the stretch, this group shapes up as a very solid class. BYU had fewer scholarship to offer this year because of the high number of returning missionaries coming into the program for 2014.
That influx of missionaries combined with a handful of recruits who could contribute right away should help solidify some areas that are questions marks heading into a new season.
We’ve compiled video highlights if each student athlete who signed a letter of intent with BYU today…
LB Fred Warner (6-3, 210 Fr.) San Marcos, CA (Missiona Hills HS)
BYU held off a late, hard push by USC to land the services of Warner. Fred is considered one of the top five outside linebackers in the West and was listed a four-star recruit. He has drawn a number of comparisons to BYU star Kyle Van Noy and could see playing time early in his career. In addition to the Trojans, he held scholarship offers from several other PAC-12 schools and Nebraska.
TE Matt Bushman (6-5, 215 Fr.) Tucson, AZ (Sabino, HS)
Bushman was considered one of the top receiving tight ends in the country and was recently named as an honorable-mention Parade All-American. His skill set is reminiscent of former Cougar tight ends Dennis Pitta and Jonny Harline. It will be interesting to see how Robert Anae uses him in the BYU read-option offense. Matt also held offers from Arizona, Colorado, Colorado State, Utah, Duke, Nevada and San Diego State.
OT Austin Chambers (6-5, 297 Fr.) Shawnee Mission (KS Shawnee Mission West HS)
Chambers committed to Bronco Mendenhall last summer. He was one of two players that the Cougars signed from the state of Kansas. He was considered a three-star recruit and was ranked as the No. 72 offensive tackle in the country and also received a scholarship offer to stay in state and play in the Big 12 for the Kansas Jayhawks.
LB Tyler Cook (6-3, 220 Fr.) Murrieta, CA (Vista Murrieta HS)
Cook was an All-CIF player and ranked as the No. 37 outside linebackers in the country. Cook has said that he doesn’t plan to serve a mission and plans to make an impact in the program early in his career. Among several others, Tyler had offers from Miami, Arizona, Boise St, Duke, Utah State, Vanderbilt and Washington State.
DE Zac Dawe (6-4, 280 Fr.) Pleasant Grove, UT (Pleasant Grove HS)
Dawe was considered to be one of the top 10 defensive ends in the West. He was an early commitment, giving his pledge to BYU nearly a year ago. In addition to his accomplishments on the football field, he was also one of the best heavyweight wrestlers in the country where he was tabbed as a two-time All-American. Zac received interest from Penn State, Stanford and Utah before cutting his recruitment short.