PROVO — Without playing a game, BYU's football program earned a big win on Thanksgiving weekend.
Two of them, in fact.
Timpview defensive end Logan Fano, the No. 4 prospect in the state of Utah and a four-star recruit by 247 Sports, has committed to BYU, he announced Saturday on Instagram. He becomes the second Thunderbird prospect to pledge to the Cougars this week, joining teammate Raider Damuni.
As if in a nod to his future commitment, Fano opened his announcement with a prayer — much like BYU does before every athletic event — on an announcement that drew over 500 viewers on Instagram Live. He previously committed to the Cougars, but rescinded his commitment early in his senior season as more offers began to pour in — including increased attention from the Utes.
Fano picked BYU over a final four that also included Utah, Oklahoma and Washington. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound pass rusher also received scholarship offers from Arizona State, Colorado and Utah State, among others.
A weakside defensive end who could play linebacker in college, Fano racked up 115 tackles and 28 tackles for loss — including 20.5 sacks — as a senior at Timpview, which he helped to back-to-back Class 5A state title game appearances.
Fano's commitment comes two days after Timpview teammate Raider Damuni reaffirmed his commitment to BYU. The 6-foot-2 prospect who is rated the top athlete in Utah and projects as a cornerback or wide receiver at the next level committed to the Cougars in eighth grade, when his father Jack accepted a job on head coach Kalani Sitake's administrative staff.
The younger Damuni didn't formally pull away from his commitment to the Cougars through four years in high school, but he did look around and kept his options open. He picked up offers from the likes of Arizona, Oregon and, most recently, Stanford. But on the day after Thanksgiving, he solidified his commitment to Sitake.
"I felt it was best to give every school a fair shot and reconsider some things," Damuni said in a video on his Twitter account. "My recruiting process has been unbelievable, and words can't express how blessed I felt every time I received an opportunity to play the game I love.
"In 2016, I made a commitment to be loyal, strong and true. After much thought and prayer, I decided that's a commitment I'd like to keep. I'm staying home. Go Cougs."
Within moments of Damuni reaffirmed his commitment, the regional recruiting staff at 247 Sports all flipped Fano from previous projections — mostly in-state rival Utah — to BYU, each with a high degree of confidence.
The Cougars wanted Fano, according to a source close to the program. But they really wanted the two Thunderbirds as a package deal, it seems.
Damuni, a MaxPreps all-state defensive back who also plays basketball, racked up 82 tackles, 35 pass breakups and 11 interceptions as a senior for the Thunderbirds — while also moonlighting at wide receiver, wildcat quarterback and punter, averaging 38.6 yards on 24 points with a career long of 70 yards coming in his junior season of 2018-19.
The Cougars also added Corner Canyon running back Austin Bell, a three-star athlete who averaged 8.8 yards per carry for 1,148 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior before having his senior season cut short after just two games with a knee injury.
But just a few hours after receiving a preferred walk-on spot from running backs coach Harvey Unga, Bell announced his pledge on Wednesday, ending a whirlwind high school career that included three-straight state titles with the Chargers.
"I'm so honored to have received the PWO," Bell said on Twitter. "I'm looking forward to getting down there and earning my spot, I'm so grateful for everything and everyone."
After talking with the coaches at BYU and talking to my family and coaches I have decided that I'm going to COMMIT to BYU!!! I'm so honored to have received the PWO. I'm looking forward to getting down there and earning my spot, I'm so grateful for everything and everyone.#BYUpic.twitter.com/TBytnlb7ag— Austin Bell (@Austinbcharge) November 25, 2020