SALT LAKE CITY — With the college football National Signing Day fast approaching, high school athletes and their families are preparing to decide where to take their talents next.
Some players have already made their decisions official, including the 14 players who have already signed a National Letter of Intent with BYU.
Among these 14 players, six played high school ball in the state of Utah, including:
- Chase Roberts (WR) - American Fork High School
- Blake Freeland (QB, TE, DL) - Herriman High School
- Brooks Maile (DE) - Pine View High School
- Michael Daley (LB) - Lone Peak High School
- Caleb Christensen (CB) - Sky View High School
- Bruce Mitchell (OT) - South Summit High School
The top recruit to sign a National Letter of Intent with the Cougars, however, came from out of state. Jacob Conover, a 6-foot-1 pro-style quarterback from Chandler, Arizona, was the Cougars' lone four-star recruit of the 2019 class.
Conover verbally committed to BYU back in May 2018, but made it official during the early signing period last month. Cougar fans won't see Conover until the 2021 season, however, as he'll be leaving to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Asuncion, Paraguay, in February.
Another out-of-state recruit the Cougars landed in December was Elijah Unutoa from Kapaa, Hawaii. Unutoa is a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive guard and was rated as a top 20 recruit among athletes from Hawaii.
Other out of state players to sign with the Cougars:
- Brock Gunderson (OT) - Cy Woods, Texas
- Eric Ellison (CB) - JC transfer from California
- George Udo (WR) - Walnut Creek, California
- Carter Wheat (TE) - Mesa, Arizona
- Ethan Erickson (TE) - Kahuku, Hawaii
- Keanu Hill (WR) - Euless, Texas
Three other players have committed to the Cougars but will have to wait until at least February 6, when the regular national signing period begins, to make it official.
Chuck Alatini (Timpview High School) committed to the Cougars three years ago as a freshman. Alatini, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound defensive end, is also a member of the 2019 graduating class.
Trey Andersen (Lehi High School) announced his commitment to BYU on Twitter on January 23. Andersen was a teammate to current BYU tight end Dallin Holker during his junior year at Lehi. Andersen was a member of the Deseret News 5A all-state second-team after finishing the 2018 season with 28 catches for 487 yards and two touchdowns. Anderson is 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds and excelled as both a receiver and a blocker for the Pioneers offense.
Cade Albright, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound linebacker from San Juan Capistrano, California, committed to the Cougars on January 24, despite other offers from UCLA, Utah and Utah State. Albright is coming off a monster senior year that included 19 sacks and 33 tackles for loss.
On February 6, the regular signing period will begin and players who didn't make a decision during the early period will be making their college choices official.
One name to watch for in the next few weeks is Thomas Grayson, a running back from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Grayson originally committed to the University of Nebraska last year but decommitted back in August. Grayson, who is 6-foot, 190-pound back, is one of several running backs from the 2019 class that the Cougars have their eye on.
Other names to watch for:
- Alphonzo Andrews Jr (RB) – Saint Louis, Missouri
- Matthew Pola-Mao (DT) - Chandler, Arizona
- Reese Silofau (DT) - Westlake Village, California
- Darrin Smith (RB) - Frisco, Texas
- Christian Grubb (RB) - Sherman Oaks, California