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Former Utah RB Devonta’e Henry-Cole Commits To Rival BYU

Feb 1, 2020, 8:13 PM | Updated: Feb 2, 2020, 11:59 pm

PROVO, Utah – BYU turns to the transfer portal to boost their running back unit in the form of a graduate transfer. This time it comes from Utah running back Devontae Henry-Cole who announced his commitment to the Cougars via his personal social media.

A former three-star recruit out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Henry-Cole was part of the Utah football program the past four seasons. Henry-Cole is set to graduate from the University of Utah this spring which will then make him eligible to transfer to BYU and play one season for the Cougars.

Henry-Cole missed the 2018 season due to a season-ending injury he suffered in Fall Camp. During the three seasons he played on the field for the Utes, Henry-Cole had 469 career rushing yards.

While playing for the Utes, Henry-Cole was baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Henry-Cole was baptized by former Utah star Chase Hansen. With Henry-Cole being a member of the Church and having a relationship with BYU Passing Game Coordinator Aaron Roderick, the Cougars were always viewed as a potential landing spot.

Looking ahead to 2020, Henry-Cole comes to BYU with an opportunity to be the Cougars starting running back like South Carolina graduate transfer Ty’Son Williams was in 2019.

Henry-Cole will compete with junior Lopini Katoa, sophomore Sione Finau — who’s recovering from an ACL injury –, redshirt freshman Jackson McChesney, and sophomore Tyler Allgeier to be BYU’s starting back.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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