Last week Payton Dastrup crushed the hopes of BYU fans by committing to Ohio State over the Cougars. The highly-touted hoops prospect out of Mountain View High School in Mesa, Arizona totally redeemed himself with the BYU fan base today, de-committing from the Buckeyes in favor of the Cougars.
The rare signing day flip in Hoops. Payton Dastrup's father David confirms that his son has decommitted from Ohio State, will sign with BYU— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) November 13, 2013
So what changed his mind?
Scout.com got the scoop.
“I just felt more comfortable with BYU,” Dastrup told Scout.com. “After I did commit, two days following I wasn’t miserable, but there was something missing. That’s why I changed.”
Today marks the first day college basketball recruits can make their signing decisions official with a National Letter Intent. Dastrup signed his National Letter of Intent to play for BYU earlier today.
BYU has Payton Dastrup's National Letter of Intent in hand, meaning Dave Rose will now be making a five-player signing announcement.— Greg Wrubell (@gregwrubell) November 13, 2013
Dastrup is ranked as a four-star power forward by 247sports.com and was one of the more sought after power forwards in the country. Dastrup also had scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, Kansas, Florida, Ohio State, Texas A&M, UC Davis, USC, UNLV, Utah, Utah State, and Virginia.
His game is largely blue-collar. He is an excellent rebounder and great at running the floor on the fast break. He also has a nice mid-range game, hook shoot, and ability to play through contact. Dastrup will need to work on his ability to finish over a defender in the low post. The most accurate player comparison out there on Dastrup is a young Nick Collison.
Here is some video on Dastrup:
Dastrup joins a 2014 recruiting class at BYU that already includes four-star guard TJ Haws, a pair of three-star small forwards in Dalton Nixon and Jake Toolson, and two-star big man Ryan Andrus. 247sports.com ranks BYU's 2014 recruits as the number one recruiting class in the West Coast Conference and 22nd nationally.
Dastrup will serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prior to enrolling at BYU, so don't expect to see him on the floor for the Cougars before 2016.
With Dastrup now in the fold, what are your thoughts on BYU's 2014 recruiting class?