The BYU Cougars received great news yesterday when class of 2019 quarterback Jacob Conover made a verbal commitment to play in Provo.
Conover is a four-star rated quarterback who had offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Washington State, Arizona, and more. ESPN ranks him 108 in the ESPN300 and the fourth best quarterback. 247sports ranks Conover 216 overall and number nine at his position. On both sites, the 6-foot-1, 194 pound quarterback is considered the third best prospect in the state of Arizona.
As part of the 2018 recruiting class, BYU landed the number four prospect in the state of Arizona, wide receiver Gunner Romney. Both Conover and Romney play for Chandler High School. Chandler has won the Arizona 6A state championship the last two seasons.
Conover has an impressive highlight video on HUDL. He displays good accuracy. He can stand in the pocket and take a hit while getting off a pass. He can fit the ball into tight windows, and even find receivers who might not appear to be open. Although he is listed as a pocket passer, Conover has good agility and can get out of the pocket and run. He can also throw on the run. Arm strength may be an area for improvement.
Conover had equally impressive stats last season. As a junior, he completed 164 of 248 passes (66.1%) for 3,077 yards and a great touchdown to interception ratio of 32:2. He missed five games due to injury. As a sophomore, Conover completed 215 of 310 passes (69.4%) for 3,715 yards and 32 touchdowns with five interceptions.
Conover is preparing for a busy summer. It appears he is also all in on the Elite 11 and other events. He posted some impressive results this weekend in Las Vegas. Earlier this year, he was the MVP at the San Francisco regional of scouting competition The Opening sponsored by Nike.
Conover recently made the decision that he will serve a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before enrolling in school. That helps keep politics out of the decision for who will be the starting quarterback for BYU in 2018. True freshman Zach Wilson had an impressive spring, and reports are that he is a legit contender for the starting role. BYU also has freshmen Jaren Hall and Stacy Conner at the position. If Conover was enrolling right away, then recruiting politics could pressure quarterback coach Aaron Roderick and offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes to stick with senior Tanner Mangum or junior Beau Hoge as the starting quarterback this season.
After a 4-9 season in 2017, BYU lost the recruiting race for Tanner McKee. Picking up Conover definitely softens the blow of that loss, and is a testament to the work Grimes and his staff are doing this early on the recruiting trail.
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