Lost in the frantic finish was all the good work that was done for over a year. This class of 26 players very well could include the next Ezekiel Ansah, Kyle Van Noy, Craig Bills, and Brandon Ogletree on defense. On the offensive side of the ball, several offensive linemen were signed who appear to have the physical and psychological make up to turn that unit back into a strength. While BYU didn't sign Torry McTyer, there is a receiver who appears to be cut from the same cloth.
Dallin Leavitt was rated the no. 5 overall prospect in all of Oregon. Son of former BYU linebacker Jared Leavit, Dallin could come in this season and have an impact much like Craig Bills did as a freshman in 2009. Leavitt is similar to Bills in size and physicality of play.
Linebacker Chasen Andersen is the son of a successful football coach--Gary Andersen, former Utah State and newly hired Wisconsin head coach. That is always a positive. Andersen is a little taller than Brandon Ogletree, but looks to have that same tenacity and love of the game that Ogletree did. Andersen was a tackling machine as a senior (160 tackles). He clearly has a knack for getting to the ball, which is exactly what a middle linebacker needs to be successful.
Trajan Pili from Las Vegas, Nevada, flew under the radar because he committed to BYU while a sophomore in high school. Watching his game film, it is easy to start thinking about another player from Nevada who signed with BYU a few years ago--Kyle Van Noy. Pili is very athletic who is a great pass rusher. Oregon LB prospect Johnny Ragin was being compared to Van Noy, but he decommitted from BYU and signed with California. Pili may make everyone forget about Ragin.
Ezekiel Ansah wreaked havoc on the opposition this season on the defensive line. NFL scouts are drooling over Ansah, and he is almost a lock to be a first round draft pick. Imagine how much damage Ansah could have done if he was a little bigger, a little more polished, and a little faster? That is what BYU gets with JonRyheem Peoples from Rigby, Idaho. Besides playing defensive line, Peoples played wide receiver and returned kickoffs in high school--all 6-foot-6, 298 pounds of him. The best part about Peoples is that he still has a lot of untapped potential.
Some names to watch on offense include:
- Michael Davis--A wide receiver from California with great speed. Perhaps he is the reason BYU didn't do everything necessary to get McTyer. Davis is a great return man as well.
- Brayden Kearsley--The most coveted offensive line prospect on the list. Allowed zero sacks in his high school career.
- Moroni Laulu-Pututau--Listed at 6-foot4, 190 pounds and played wide receiver in high school. BYU lists him as a tight end. Sounds like a similar story to that tight end who just won the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. What was his name again?
- Billy Green--A quarterback who could have a nice career after Taysom Hill in done.
- Talon Shumway--Will go on a mission first, but could dominate when he comes back. Tall and very athletic.
It is also easier for coaches to evaluate JC players. They are more battle tested than high school recruits. They have competed in an additional two years of football against better competition. With this greater body of work to evaluate, coaches are better able to identify who will be successful and that makes it less likely that JC transfers will be busts.
Two of these JC transfers, Sam Lee and Trenton Trammell look to fill the cornerback position vacated by Preston Hadley and become the next JC success story for BYU at that position.
The complete class of 2013 follows below. For more information on each prospect and links to their highlights, click here.
|Chasen Andersen||LB||6,0, 218||Logan, UT||Logan HS|
|Josh Carter||OL||6-5, 290||Tucson, AZ||Eastern Ariz. College|
|Michael Davis||WR||6-2, 180||Glendale, CA||Glendale HS|
|Tim Duran||OL||6-4, 290||Puyallup, WA||Cabrillo College|
|Nathan DeBeikes||LB||6-2, 196||Thousand Oaks, CA||Thousand Oaks HS|
|Garrett England||DB||6-4, 190||Salt Lake City, UT||Skyline HS|
|Edward Fusi||OL||6-1, 285||Corona, CA||Mt. San Antonio CC|
|Rylee Gautavai||LB||6-1, 200||Bountiful, UT||Bountiful HS|
|Billy Green||QB||6-2, 196||Woodway, WA||King's HS|
|Keegan Hicks||OL||6-3, 285||South Jordan, UT||Bingham HS|
|Brayden Kearsley||OL||6-5, 298||Aloha, OR||Aloha HS|
|Moroni Laulu-Pututau||TE||6-4, 190||Hyrum, UT||Mountain Crest HS|
|Dallin Leavitt||DB||6-0, 205||Portland, OR||Central Catholic HS|
|Sam Lee||DB||6-0, 180||Brandywine, MD||College of the Canyons|
|Kai Nacua||LB||6-2, 205||Henderson, NV||Liberty HS|
|JonRyheem Peoples||DL||6-6, 298||Rigby, ID||Rigby HS|
|Trajan Pili||LB||6-2, 225||Las Vegas, NV||Centennial HS|
|Addison Pulsipher||OL||6-6, 260||Temecula, CA||Temecula Valley HS|
|Thomas Shoaf||OL||6-6, 265||Columbus, IN||Columbus North HS|
|Talon Shumway||WR||6-3, 200||Highland, UT||Lone Peak HS|
|Merrill Taliauli||DL||6-2, 305||Salt Lake City, UT||East HS|
|Johnny Tapusoa||DB||5-10, 195||Laie, HI||Kahuku HS|
|Trenton Trammell||DB||6-0, 190||Oakland, CA||City Coll. of San Fran.|
|Kalolu Utu||DL||6-2, 285||Upolu, Samoa||Compton CC|
|De'Ondre Wesley||OL||6-6, 310||Pleasant Hill, CA||Diablo Valley CC|
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