Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Top 5 signees ready to make immediate contributions for BYU and Utah

By Brandon Gurney, Deseret News and Dan Sorensen, For the Deseret News

Published: Mon, Feb. 10 9:12 p.m. MST

 Jordan Leslie (BYU) and Jackson Barton (Utah) are two players who could make immediate contributions with the Cougars and Utes, respectively.

Jordan Leslie (BYU) and Jackson Barton (Utah) are two players who could make immediate contributions with the Cougars and Utes, respectively.

(Associated Press and Deseret News photos)

Both BYU and Utah signed what coaches believe to be stellar signing classes last Wednesday on National Letter of Intent Day. Some are expected to make immediate contributions, while others will be headed for LDS mission service and take awhile to see the field of play.

So which players signed can fans expect to make immediate contributions?

Dan Sorensen, of Utezone.com, gives his best estimation for Utah recruits while Brandon Gurney does the same for BYU.

Here's the full list or ...

See BYU's Top 5

See Utah's Top 5

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1. Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT,
Feb. 10, 2014

stellar classes?

Seriously, can we stop pretending?

byu and Utah both had recruiting classes in the 60-70th range. Average. With promise maybe. But stellar? No.

No, I'm not suggesting we have to have a top 10 class to celebrate as neither Utah nor byu will never sniff a recruiting class that high.

There are 125 FBS programs. Doesn't take a math genius to figure out how "stellar" a class in the 60-70 range is.

I'm hopeful Utah will do well. I'm hopeful Coach Whit will be an above average coach and take this class in the 60-70 range and do great things. But a coach's ability to coach is independent of the level of talent acquired. Yes, a coach can have a great season with a class in the 60-70 range, but just think about the possibilities if that same coach had talent in the top 20-30 level.

lets keep working hard in all state programs and hope we can improve recruiting up to the 30th place in the country.


2. Duckhunter
Highland, UT,
Feb. 11, 2014

Leave it to a homer like dan sorenson to exaggerate a ute recruit in an attempt to make the class appear to be better than it really is.

I really like this comment,

"Godfrey is one of the best high school prospects in America"

Really? Then how come he is only a 3 star and is nowhere near the ESPN top 300 list? lol

3. G-Day-M8
Feb. 11, 2014

I'm not sure about utah's JC transfers (JC transfers don't show up with star rating) but BYU's two receivers were both 4-star recruits out of High school and were very highly recruited out of Junior College. For BYU, I would say they are stellar players along with Fred Warner a solid 4-star.

BYU's recruiting foot print was substantially expanded due to the exposure of playing nation wide and the partnership with ESPN. This year's success and future success is yet to be realized.

BYU's class was small this year and they pulled away some 4-star and very strong 3-star players from utah and the main body of the pac 10.2. On balance this was a great class for BYU.

In context of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints and BYU's mission, Independence has been truly remarkable. BYU's win loss record on the big stage has been less than hoped for, but I foresee marked improvement in the near future. I believe the most important element though, has been the respect and exposure of both BYU and the Church.

4. AZ Ute
Scottsdale, AZ,
Feb. 11, 2014

Liked the personal comments from Ute coaches on the videos a whole lot better than the Y's voice-over. Just wish our recruiting class was as good.

5. SamoanYfan
Feb. 11, 2014

@Chris B.

No bolstering of the PAC-12 or slamming Independence? Is everything OK? First comment I've ever agreed with you. I hope the Utes and BYU can make the best of what recruits they have. I agree 100%, it's what the coaches can get these players to do.

Go Cougars and Utes!