There will be a bevy of BYU commits and recruits coming this weekend for an official visit to BYU’s Provo campus. Many have already committed and some will be looking to see if BYU is a place they can call home. Here is the list of players visiting that we have been able to compile.
LB Fred Warner: Warner visited USC earlier this week. USC found a scholarship for Warner after canceling a previous visit due to not having one. Warner did not de-commit from BYU and commit to USC and is currently on campus in Provo. With USC’s surging interest, BYU will look to put their final stamp on Warner this weekend. The nation’s 27th rated outside linebacker according to Scout.com, Warner is a four-star recruit.
LB Tyler Cook: Cook passed up 13 other scholarship offers by committing to BYU including Miami, Arizona, Boise State, Vanderbilt, Fresno State, and Washington State among others. Cook is currently on BYU’s campus and joins fellow outside linebacker Fred Warner on this official visit.
DE Uriah Leiataua: Although Leiataua has committed to Stanford he is taking one more look at BYU to see if the BYU coaching staff can change his mind. BYU has always been his dream school and he will be meeting with academic advisors and rooming with fellow recruit Isaiah Kaufusi on his visit this weekend. BYU is a real contender here for Leiataua, who is rated the nation’s 69th defensive end by Scout.com. Leiataua also had offers from Colorado, Colorado State, UCLA, USC, Washington State, Yale and Wisconsin.
DE Sione Takitaki: Ranked the nation’s 50th best defensive end by Scout.com, Sione Takitaki passed up Arizona, Nevada, SDSU, SJSU, Washington State, Utah State, and Wisconsin, among other schools, to commit to BYU. Takitaki flew to Utah early this morning while his mother, sister and uncle all drove up to be in Utah during his official visit.
OL Damien Mama: Ranked the number one offensive guard in the nation by Scout, Mama has whittled his options to BYU and USC despite also having an offer from Alabama. This will be Mama’s second time on BYU’s campus so the staff will have to pull out all the stops given the fact that Mama is leaning strongly towards USC. The good thing for BYU is that Mama does want to serve a LDS mission so if a good first impression can be made BYU just might have a chance.
WR Trey Dye: Dye had a big year this past season competing among some of the top competition in the state of Texas. He rushed for 1,481 yards while adding another 468 yards on 24 catches. Dye comes to BYU to play receiver and will bring a variety of skills to the program.
OL Tejan Koroma: A first team All-State player in Texas, Koroma is currently visiting BYU for his official visit. Koroma was a pancaking machine over the last two seasons and brings a mean streak to BYU’s offensive line.
DT Jaterrius Gulley: Listed at 6-3, 325-pounds, Gulley is visiting BYU from the state of Alabama. A two-time state champion, Gulley has offers from Memphis, SE Louisiana, UAB, Western Kentucky, and Central Arkansas. The question is will Gulley get a scholarship offer while on campus for his visit? Stay tuned!
LB Isaiah Kaufusi: Kaufusi has yet to make an official announcement on where he will commit to but he is on BYU’s campus now. Kaufusi has taken two official visits to Utah and Utah State already and will make his final decision soon.
DE Zac Dawe: One of the top heavy-weight wrestlers in the nation, Dawe committed to BYU early on in the recruiting process and is one of four defensive linemen in this recruiting class. Dawe is ranked the 107th DE in the nation by Scout.com.
DB Kavika Fonua: Fonua drove down to BYU early this morning for his official visit on campus. Considered a top safety prospect, Fonua passed up on an offer from Utah by committing to BYU last August. Fonua was the most dominant safety in the state of Utah and brings his ball-hawking skills to the program. Fonua was a NIKE camp MVP and posted one of the top SPARQ scores in the nation for those among his position.
OL Austin Chambers: From the state of Kansas, Chambers passed up an offer from Kansas and committed to BYU. Ranked the 72nd best offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com, Chambers is currently on campus with his fellow commits.
OL Chandon Herring: Considered the “sleeper” of the 2014 class, Herring was a bit of an unknown until he blew up BYU’s summer camp by being one of the top performers. Herring is a very athletic offensive tackle and has the skill set to play tight end potentially. At 6-7, 270-pounds, having tight end skills says a lot bit about the type of athleticism Herring possesses.
DT Earl Mariner: Another Kansas prospect, Mariner is a first cousin of BYU defensive lineman Travis Tuiloma. Mariner is a bear on the field and, at 6-4, 300-pounds, was one of the top performers during last year’s BYU summer camp. Mariner arrived on campus this morning.
DT Teancum “Tico” Fuga: The younger brother of former BYU nose guard Romney Fuga, Tico passed on an offer from Utah to commit to BYU. Ranked the 68th best defensive tackle in the nation by Scout, Fuga brings power and quickness to BYU’s defensive line.
TE Matt Bushman: A three sport athlete, Bushman was one of, if not the, top pass-catching tight end in the nation out of Sabino High School in Tucson, Arizona. Bushman will more than likely play baseball as well at BYU and passes up offers from Utah, SDSU, Nevada, Duke, Colorado State, Colorado, and Arizona in picking BYU. At 6-5, 230-pounds, Bushman is ranked the nation’s 48th best tight end by Scout.com and is listed among the Top 10 Tight Ends in the western United States.