Top 5 signees ready to make immediate contributions for BYU and Utah (12 items)
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.
1 of 12. BYU's Top 5 (by Brandon Gurney)
2 of 12. 1. Nick Kurtz, WR, 6-foot-6, 206 pounds
Kurtz is already on campus and has already received rave reviews from both coaches and teammates. Kurtz is a junior college transfer from Grossmont Junior College (Calif.) who held offers from such schools as USC, Oregon and LSU before signing with the Cougars.
Kurtz will work to help replace Cody Hoffman and has the size and skill to supplement much of what the offense loses with Hoffman's graduation. Kurtz should see immediate contribution next season.
3 of 12. 2. Jordan Leslie, WR, 6-foot-3, 203 pounds
Leslie brings good size and speed to a position that is relatively thin at BYU. He already has a great relationship with position coach Guy Holliday, which should put him on the fast track to immediate contribution.
4 of 12. 3. Devon Blackmon, WR, 6-foot-1, 185 pounds
Blackmon was teammates with BYU running back Jamaal Williams in high school before signing with Oregon. He transferred to Riverside Junior College after leaving Oregon's program after a year.
Blackmon is already considered by coaches to be one of the fastest, if not the fastest, receiver in the program. His ability to stretch the field should add considerably to the Cougar offense.
5 of 12. 4. Tyler Cook, OLB, 6-foot-3, 220 pounds
Coaches are very high on Cook, who is one of the most overlooked signees of the 2014 BYU class. Cook shined his senior season at Vista Murrieta High School and has the size and physical makeup to make an immediate contribution at outside linebacker.
There are a lot of spots to be filled at outside linebacker with the graduation of both Kyle Van Noy and Spencer Hadley, so Cook should be afforded a lot of looks.