Early commitment trend is slowing down for BYU

The Cougars are making offers and taking commitments by recruits, but the process will get more picky in future years according to the coaching staff.

Also, in the near future, you can expect BYU to add a few transfers from other four-year programs like AB Tysom Hill, who signed at Stanford but never attended there before his LDS Mission.

This week I had a good talk with a recruit for the class of 2013 who had committed to BYU last year after his sophomore year.  This year, this kid had an outstanding junior year in Oregon and is now receiving even more attention although because he committed to BYU early,  it has scared away some recruiters from making offers.

Dallin Leavitt is commited to play for Bronco Mendenhall and BYU, but he does want some protection in case Mendenhall leaves and is not at the Provo school when he gets there or returns from a mission.

That is why he wants to shake some more hands from recruiters and has had some interest from other schools, one of them is a top five program.  I assume that school to be nearby Oregon.  Leavitt, a hard-hitting safety, plays for Central Catholic High School in Portland.

Leavitt committed to Mendenhall last summer after BYU’s football camp for youth.  Here is a video of Leavitt during his sophomore year before he want to Central Catholic.

He plays safety, but with 4.52 speed, he says he is not afraid to come out and cover a receiver as a corner.  And he loves to hit.

BYU’s coaches are slowing down and will scrutinize recruits in more depth as they approach the Class of 2013 and beyond, according to Bronco Mendenhall.  This will leave more wiggle room for late-bloomers who make impacts during junior and senior campaigns.

“We’ll probably move a bit slower than we have in past years,” coach Bronco Mendenhall told reporters this winter.  “We’re getting more specific with higher standards than what we’ve chosen to embrace during the past seven years. So you’ll probably see it slow (down) to some extent. How much I can’t say, but if you do see a change, then it will be to slow the process down from what you’ve seen.”

It is interesting that the trends in offerring and taking early commits from recruits are different in parts of the country.  For instance,  schools in California are slow to offer and accept early commitments from high school recruits.


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