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BYU football: Stanford wide receiver Keanu Nelson signs with BYU

Deseret News

Published: Mon, April 7 11:50 a.m. MDT

 Stanford wide receiver Keanu Nelson (20) during the first half of the PAC-12 Championship football game against Arizona State, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Tempe, Ariz.

Stanford wide receiver Keanu Nelson (20) during the first half of the PAC-12 Championship football game against Arizona State, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Tempe, Ariz.

(Rick Scuteri, AP)

PROVO — BYU is adding yet another wide receiver to its roster.

Keanu Nelson, a 5-foot-11, 184-pound senior from Stanford, has signed a scholarship agreement with the Cougars, coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Monday.

Nelson graduates from Stanford this spring with a bachelor's degree in science, technology and society and will have one year of eligibility at BYU.

"We look forward to having Keanu join our program," Mendenhall said in a statement. "He is a talented athlete and his high football IQ should serve him well during his transition while preparing to contribute to our team this season."

Nelson is one of several receivers that have, or will, join the program this season, including transfers Nick Kurtz, Jordan Leslie and Devon Blackmon, and freshman Trey Dye.

A Tucson, Ariz., native, Nelson caught 61 passes for 1,135 yards and eight touchdowns as a high school senior, and he finished with 2,065 rushing yards and 31 rushing TDs as well as 994 career punt return yards during his prep career.

Nelson caught one pass for 4 yards last season at Stanford.

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1. Cart
Salt Lake City, UT,
April 7, 2014

This is inexplicable. How could a player choose to leave such a prestigious conference to join a "no-longer-relevant mid-major" like the Cougars? I am dazed and disappointed. I may have to rip the sticker off my car.

2. Ironmomo
Ogden, UT,
April 7, 2014

Probably a good place for him....he'll get to continue to play in bowl games.

3. Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA,
April 7, 2014

@Cart

No, it is actually quite "explicable"...he couldn't get on the field in a prestigious conference, so he bugged out and went the no-conference route.

4. TFUDD
SLC, UT,
April 7, 2014

@everyone

Why not just congratulate the kid for wisely deciding to transfer. He's going to be graduated from a very prestigious school with a bachelors degree. So the kid actually wants to play football..big deal. It's not like BYU or the article is bragging about his potential. I'm sure he's a decent wide receiver but plays at a great school. It'll be an opportunity to stand out at a good football program in BYU....By the way I'm a huge UTAH fan. I don't like BYU anymore then the next Ute fan but why are you even making negative comments?

5. BlueCoug
Orem, UT,
April 7, 2014

Welcome to Cougar Nation Keanu.

Hoping you have a fun and rewarding final year of football at BYU.