Recruiting: A look at BYU's signing class of 2023, the first of Big 12 era

BYU coach Kalani Sitake speaks during an Independence Bowl press conference, Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

BYU coach Kalani Sitake speaks during an Independence Bowl press conference, Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 in Shreveport, Louisiana. (Jaren Wilkey, BYU Photo)



Estimated read time: 4-5 minutes

PROVO β€” The final season of BYU football's FBS independence is around the corner.

The first recruiting class of the Big 12 era, however, is coming into focus now.

KSL.com partners with 247Sports to identify recruiting rankings. All rankings listed are according to the 247Sports Composite Ranking, unless otherwise indicated.

Here's a look at the recruiting class of 2023, including the group's top-rated tight end Jackson Bowers from Arizona.

Jackson Bowers, TE, Mountain View HS (Mesa, Ariz.)

  • 4-star recruit by 247Sports
  • No. 4-rated recruiting in Arizona, No. 19 tight end, No. 222 overall recruit
  • Caught 73 passes for 1,206 yards (16.5 yards per catch) and nine touchdowns in two years at Mountain View (63.5 yards per game)
  • Committed to BYU over offers from Arizona, Alabama, Washington, Ole Miss, Utah and others

Pokaiaua Haunga, ATH, Timpview HS (Provo)

  • 3-star recruit by 247Sports
  • No. 12-rated recruit in Utah, No. 113 athlete nationally
  • Caught 87 passes for 1,556 yards and 17 touchdowns in two seasons for Thunderbirds; added 335 yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries
  • Chose BYU over offers from Dartmouth, Nevada, Utah State and Washington State, among others
  • Committed Jan. 23, 2021

Leo Pulalasi, ATH, Lakes HS (Lakewood, Wash.)

  • 3-star recruit by 247Sports
  • No. 17-rated recruit in Washington, No. 115-ranked athlete nationally
  • Played running back, wide receiver and outside linebacker
  • 4-year varsity player totaled 1,173 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing, 392 yards and five touchdowns receiving; and 216 yards and two touchdowns passing; to go along with 82 tackles, six tackles for loss and two interceptions on defense
  • Also plays basketball
  • Chose BYU over Army, Colorado State, Montana and Montana State, among others
  • Committed June 14, 2022

Ryder Burton, QB, Springville HS (Springville, Utah)

  • 3-star recruit by 247Sports
  • No. 13-rated recruit in Utah, No. 67 quarterback nationally
  • Threw for 2,301 yards and 24 touchdowns with 12 interceptions as a junior in leading Red Devils to Utah 5A state championship game
  • Also plays basketball
  • Chose BYU over interest from Nevada, San Jose State, Southern Utah and UCLA
  • Committed May 6, 2022

Saimone Davis, TE, Nolan Catholic (Fort Worth, Texas)

  • 3-star recruit by 247Sports
  • Top 205 recruit in Texas, rated No. 60 nationally at tight end
  • Caught 21 passes for 174 yards (8.3 yards per catch) and four touchdowns in two seasons with Nolan Catholic
  • Chose BYU over interest from Arkansas State, Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas State, Utah State and Virginia, among others
  • Committed July 23, 2022

Stanley Raass, DL, Skyridge HS (Lehi via Kahuku, Hawaii)

  • 3-star recruit by 247Sports
  • No. 10-rated recruit in Hawaii, No. 154 nationally among defensive linemen
  • Totaled 37 tackles, five sacks, three QB hurries and two fumble recoveries in three seasons at Skyridge High School in Lehi, Utah
  • Chose BYU over interest from Hawaii, San Diego State, Oregon State and Washington State, among others
  • Committed March 7, 2022

Pierson Watson, LB, Coconino HS (Flagstaff, Ariz.)

  • 3-star recruit by 247Sports
  • No. 23-rated player in Arizona, No. 124 nationally among linebackers
  • Totaled 81 tackles, seven sacks and a fumble as a junior at Coconino, where he also played eight games at wide receiver
  • Chose BYU over interest from Air Force, Nevada, Northern Arizona and South Dakota, among others
  • Committed June 28, 2022

Landen Chambers, RB, Fossil Ridge HS (Keller, Texas)

  • 3-star recruit by 247Sports
  • No. 219 recruit in the state of Texas by 247Sports
  • Ran for 1,757 yards and 25 touchdowns, averaging 126.9 yards per game, as a junior at Fossil Ridge, where he caught 20 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns
  • Chose BYU over interest from Air Force, Colorado State, Fordham and Holy Cross, among others
  • Committed June 27, 2022

Miles Hall, ATH, Skyline HS (Salt Lake City)

  • 2-star recruit by Rivals
  • No. 13-rated recruit in Utah by 247Sports, and No. 108 nationally among athletes
  • Played wide receiver and strong safety at Skyline, where he caught 36 passes for 426 yards and three touchdowns as a junior
  • Also had an offer from Utah State
  • Committed July 1, 2022

Matthew Fredrick, TE, East HS (Salt Lake City)

  • 3-star recruit by 247Sports
  • No. 14-rated recruit in Utah by 247Sports
  • Two-way player who also racked up 22 tackles at defensive end for the Leopards in 2021
  • Chose BYU over interest from Army, Idaho, Navy, Nevada and New Mexico State, among others
  • Committed Aug. 1, 2022

Owen Borg, LB, Corner Canyon HS (Draper, Utah)

  • 3-star recruit by 247Sports
  • Wracked up 133 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three interceptions and a touchdown in two seasons with the Chargers
  • Chose BYU over interest from Air Force, Colorado, Columbia, Nevada and Utah State, among others
  • Committed on Aug. 8, 2022

Andrew Heinig, DL, Glenpool HS (Glenpool, Okla.)

  • Unrated prospect by 247Sports
  • Played both offensive and defensive line at Glenpool High in Glenpool, Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma state shot put champion as a junior
  • Committed Aug. 5, 2022

Most recent BYU Football stories

Related topics

BYU FootballBYU CougarsCollegeSports
A proud graduate of Syracuse University, Sean Walker has covered BYU for KSL.com since 2015, while also mixing in prep sports, education, and anything else his editors assign him to do.

More stories you may be interested in

SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast