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BYU Football’s Offers During First Evaluation Period As Big 12 Member

Jun 7, 2022, 12:22 AM | Updated: 12:31 am
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BYU football head coach Kalani Sitake is building up the Cougars to prepare for the Big 12 Conference beginning in 2023. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)
(Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah – BYU football just completed its first recruiting evaluation period as a member of the Big 12 Conference.

The evaluation period runs from April 15-May 31. It’s an opportunity for college coaches to “assess the academic qualifications and playing ability of prospective student-athletes.” A key piece to the formation of recruiting classes, the 2022 evaluation period took on greater significance as BYU now has Power Five affiliation to sell on the recruiting trail.

BYU even donned team-issued Nike apparel sporting the Big 12 logo to highlight their new conference affiliation while interacting with recruits at their schools.

BYU got a firsthand glimpse of what talent is necessary to win a Big 12 championship last season. The Cougars faced Baylor and lost 38-24 in a game that physically saw the Bears handle a nationally-ranked BYU team.

“[Baylor] won the championship and that’s what we want to be. They set the standard,” BYU coach Kalani Sitake said last February on Signing Day. “There’s a lot of really good teams in that conference and we have to chase it.”

BYU’s coaching staff made trips from around the country over the past six weeks. The frequent flyer miles included a visit to Florida’s Lake Gibson High School to check in on five-star DB Cormani McClain. To the islands of Hawaii. It was a busy six weeks for BYU’s coaching staff.

Along with visits to prospects who already held BYU offers, BYU’s coaching staff also extended scholarship offers to new prospects from 2023, 2024, and 2025 recruiting classes.

Upwards of 35 recruits received offers from BYU during the spring evaluation period. A big focus was on the wide receiver position, where nine recruits landed offers.

Now the focus in recruiting shifts to camps and hosting official visitors in an effort to lock down the 2023 recruiting class.

But as that shift happens, here’s a recap of the prospects that landed scholarship offers from a newly minted Big 12 program, BYU, during the spring evaluation period.

BYU Football Class of 2023 Offers during spring evaluation

Roger Alderman | OL | Sonora (Calif.) High

Sean Brown | DB | Simi Valley (Calif.) High

Landen Chambers | RB | Fossil Ridge (Texas) High

Anthony Evans | WR | Judson (Texas) High

Note: Evans has recently lined up three official visits for Oklahoma, Georgia, and Penn State this month.

Keynan Higgins | WR | Pittsburg (Calif.) High

Vincent Holmes | ATH | San Jacinto (Calif.) High

Nyziah Hunter | WR | Salinas (Calif.) High

Blake Nichelsen | LB | Manteca (Calif.) High

Note: Has lined up official visits to Washington, Florida State, and Oregon already.

Donavyn Pellot | ATH | Silverado (Nev.) High

Leo Pulalasi | ATH | Lakes (Wash.) High

Brandon Ramirez | ATH | San Joaquin Memorial (Calif.) High

Kendrick Raphael | RB | Naples (FL) High

Note: Has lined up official visits with NC State and Iowa since receiving an offer from BYU.

Anthony Robinson | CB | Butler Community College (JUCO)

Note: Has an official visit to Missouri on June 25th.

Kenyon Sadiq | ATH | Skyline Senior (ID) High

Note: Sadiq has official visits lined up with Iowa State, Michigan, and Washington State. He’s a four-star prospect on 247Sports’ own rankings.

Tre Spivey | WR | Hamilton (AZ) High

Dijon Stanley | ATH | Granada Hills (Calif.) High

Kahlee Tafai | OT | Leuzinger (Calif.) High

Isaac Washington | DL | Butler Community College (JUCO)

Note: A former three-star Tennessee signee in the 2021 signing class.

Offers to recruits in the Class of 2024

Gatlin Bair | WR | Kimberly (ID) High

Paki Finau | OL | Oak Hills (Calif.) High

Micah Gilbert | WR | Charlotte Christian (NC)

Note: Four-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite ratings.

Chance Harrison | ATH | Rio Mesa (Calif.) High

Miles Lockhart | ATH | Basha (AZ) High

Note: Four-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite ratings.

Blake Lowe | ATH | Chaparral (Calif.) High

Jeremiah Newcombe | CB | Casteel (AZ) High

Note: Four-star prospect in 247Sports’ own ratings.

Kahekili “Koi” Pa’ao’ao | LB | Liberty (NV) High

David Washington | WR | Arbor View (NV) High

Note: Four-star recruit in the 247Sports Composite Ratings.

Justus Woods | ATH | Carlsbad (Calif.) High

Offers to recruits in the Class of 2025

Ashton “Dash” Beierly | QB | Chaparral (Calif.) High

Alvin Henderson | RB | Elba (AL) High

Note: Has already reached 40+ offers before his junior year of high school football.

Alai Kalaniuvalu | OT | Timpview High

Note: Kalaniuvalu has eight reported offers from Power Five schools before his junior year at Timpview.

Tavian McNair | WR | Canyon Springs (NV) High

Derek Meadows | WR | Bishop Gorman (NV)

Others: BYU also offered 2023 interior offensive lineman Alexander Doost in April. Since his offer from BYU, he has committed to the Northwestern Wildcats.

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

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