BYU Signing Day: Player Videos — Page 3
This is page three of video highlights of BYU’s 2014 signing class.
The Cougars signed seven players from the state of California, four from Utah, three from Texas, two from Arizona and Kansas, and one each from the states of Alabama and North Carolina.
Three of those recruits are offensive linemen, as BYU has found itself in need of rebuilding and retooling its offensive line.
We begin our highlights on page three with one of those recruits who has been the center on a team that has won two straight state championships in Texas and a national championship in 2013…
C Tejan Kormora (6-0, 255 Fr.) Allen, TX (Allen HS)
Kormora was the starter for consensus national champion Allen High School in Texas. He lacks prototypical size for an offensive lineman, which is why he wasn’t offered by some of the bigger names in the Lone Star State, but his power and athleticism is indisputable on film. He projects as a center at BYU where his stature and play could be reminiscent of former Cougar Sete Aulai.
Watch Tejan “Shieku” Koroma’s highlights at Hudl.com.
WR Nick Kurtz (6-6, 205 Jr.) El Cajon, CA (Grossmont JC)
Kurtz was a huge get for BYU, as he rejected offers from around the country to come to Provo. He is a big, rangy target in the mold of current Cougar Mitch Mathews. The two 6-foot-6 bookends could give opponents of BYU nightmares. Nick enrolled in January and will be available for spring camp. He was also offered scholarships by USC, LSU, Oregon, Cal, Illinois, Kansas State and Texas Tech.
DE Isaiah Nacua (6-3, 250 Fr.) Provo, UT (Timpview HS)
Isaiah joins his brother Kai Nacua as a member of the BYU program. He originally committed to BYU, but then decommitted, before coming back around just hours before signing day. He was a star at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas before he transferred to Timpview in Provo for his senior season. He also received offers from Arizona State, Utah and Utah State.
CB Michael Shelton (5-8, 170 Fr.) Raleigh, NC (Wakefield HS)
Shelton is an athletic prospect who will likely be penciled in at field corner. In addition to his ability on the football field, he was a two-time Junior Olympian in the state of North Carolina where ran the 200 and 400 meters. He has been timed at 4.43 in the forty-yard dash and recorded a best time of a 22.1 seconds in the 200. He graduated early and is already enrolled in school.
DE Sione TakiTaki (6-3, 240 Fr.) Menifee, CA (Heritage HS)
TakiTaki finished the 2013 season among the top 10 prospects in the West at defensive end. He committed to the Cougars last summer, but still received a good amount of attention from other schools. In addition to BYU, he received several other scholarship offers, including those from Wisconsin, Arizona and Washington State.
Watch Sione Takitaki’s highlights on Hudl.com.
WR Devon Blackmon (6-1, 185 Jr.) Fontana, CA (Riverside CC/Oregon)
Blackmon was the teammate of current BYU star running back Jamaal Williams at Summit High School. He played at Oregon his first year before transferring to Riverside CC last year. He comes to BYU as a junior eligibility-wise . Out of high school, he was also recruited by Alabama, Florida, USC, UCLA, Washington, Cal and Colorado.
WR Jordan Leslie (6-3, 210 Sr.) Houston, TX (UTEP)
Jordan Leslie is reunited with his former receivers coach in Guy Holiday. Leslie is a senior who will be eligible immediately, after already receiving his degree at UTEP. He has racked up 125 catches for 2,015 yards and 15 touchdowns during his three-year career as a Miner. He’s a big receiver in the mold of a Cody Hoffman and should immediately find himself in the rotation at wide receiver. His addition, along with Kurtz and Blackmon, should really help offset some big losses the Cougars suffered at receiver.
DT Earl Mariner (6-4, 300 Fr.) Topeka, KS (Washburn Rural HS)
Mariner joins his cousin and returning missionary Travis Tuiloma as a Cougar. Earl played at the same school as Tuiloma, and like his cousin, he is a man-child. He committed last summer before his senior year and is one of two signees from the state of Kansas. He further solidifies what should be a position of strength for years to come at nose tackle.
Watch Earl Mariners highlight’s at Hudl.com
DE Uriah Leiataua (6-3, 245 Fr.) Compton, CA (Dominguez HS)
Leiataua originally committed to play at Stanford, but signed with BYU after the Cougars came through with a scholarship for him late in the game. He’s been a BYU fan his entire life and agonized over his choice, even down to the last minute. In addition to his offers from BYU and Stanford, Uriah was also offered scholarships by USC, Wisconsin, Washington Sate, Colorado and Yale.
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