The Brigham Young Cougars recently received a commitment from quarterback Billy Green. He plays for King’s High School in Shoreline, Washington. Green also receives training from the Barton camp; the same camp former BYU quarterback Jake Heaps attended.
Speaking of the recruiting process, Green was quoted by Brandon Gurney on DeseretNews.com as saying, “BYU coaches let me know that they were impressed with my performance and liked that I could play four or five straight years for them.”
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold on a minute. Did I read that right? The BYU coaches, namely offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brandon Doman are talking to Green about the possibility of him starting for four years?
Green will be a senior this fall. He is not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; therefore, delaying his football career to serve a two-year mission is not going to happen. That means he could arrive at BYU as early as January 2013 and will be able to compete for the starting quarterback position that a graduating Riley Nelson will leave vacant. If Green is going to “play four or five straight years,” then he would have to win the starting job in 2013.
Green would be the new kid on the block competing with Taysom Hill, Ammon Olsen, and the oft forgotten Jason Munns. At that point, Hill and Olsen would both have one year in the program and Munns would have four. None would have much, if any, game experience.
Where have I seen this before?
Not too long ago, January 2010 to be exact, BYU faced this same situation with Barton camp alum Jake Heaps. Riley Nelson had one year in the program, but the competition to be the guy who replaced Max Hall was left wide open. We all remember how this ended. Suffice it to say, BYU coaches would be wise not to repeat the less than prudent way they managed a delicate situation.
That begs the question: Why are the BYU coaches insinuating to Green that playing four years is a possibility? Didn’t they learn from the Jake Heaps ordeal that it is better not to start a true freshman? Didn’t they learn that handing over the reigns to the new kid on the block can divide the team and have a negative effect in games?
I am not saying it was a bad decision for BYU to offer Green. Conversely, I am also not saying it was a bad decision for Green to commit to BYU. The offer to Green may indicate that the Cougars coaching staff isn’t planning on redshirting Hill this season. That would make him a sophomore in 2013. If Green redshirts 2013, then he would still be a freshman in 2014 when Hill is a junior. That would give Green two years to start (2016 and 2017) after Hill graduates. That resolves the log jam, but it contradicts the concept of playing four straight years.
It sure would be nice to know what the BYU coaches are thinking. Right now, what they are reported to have said gives the impression Green could be Jake Heaps 2.0. With all due respect to Green and Heaps, that is not what BYU needs.
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