BYU Football Recruiting: An Early Look at the Class of 2015

Mike McGinnis

With the 2014 recruiting class all signed, we look ahead at the players committed to sign with the Cougars next February and the top in-state prospects BYU would love to convince to wear the white and blue.

Signing day is fresh in our memories, but the business of recruiting never ends. The class of 2015 is already well underway with coaches and staffs out scouring the country trying to find the hidden gems under the Friday Night Lights. With that said, let's allow our optimism from the class of 2014 to fuel our unbridled optimism toward the next crop of high school standouts that we can expect to see don the white and blue. Moving in to the next year of recruiting, BYU already has four recruits committed. Let's take a minute to look at these players, and then look at some of the top players in this class as pertains to BYU's needs.

Dayan Lake, CB, Layton, UT (Northridge HS). 5'10", 185 lbs. 3 stars

Cornerback is always a position of need where the Cougars are concerned, and Lake, while lacking ideal size, is a prototypical corner who should be able to contribute.

Mika Tafua, DE, Makawo, HI (Kamehameha Maui). 6'3" 210 lbs. 3 stars

The lines are critical to building a successful football team, and the cornerstone of any defense is the pass rush. Tafua is one of two defensive ends in this recruiting class, and if his reported 4.55 40 time is anywhere near accurate, he should be able to contribute with great speed off of the edge.

Will Sedgwick, OLB, Laguna Hills, CA (Laguna Hills HS). 6'2", 220 lbs. 3 stars

OLB is definitely a position of strength on this team, but the cupboard can continue to be well stocked moving forward, and Sedgwick has the size to contribute to the pass rush for the future.

Devin Kaufusi, DE, Provo, UT (Timpview). 6'6" 200 lbs. Unrated

Kaufusi is the second defensive end committed to BYU's next class, and his length is very exciting, even though he lacks ideal weight, that's something that the coaching staff should be able to work with. A defensive end of Kaufusi's height should do a great job of clogging passing lanes.

In-state Recruiting

There are three top recruits from the state of Utah that are currently uncommitted in the class of 2015. Offensive tackle, Andre James, is the only one in that group who plays a position of greatest need for BYU. Unfortunately, James shows no interest in BYU, which is a shame because as a local recruit on the national radar, he's exactly the type of player that BYU should be in the mix for. Another Utah recruit who shows little interest in the Cougars is athlete Osa Masina. If BYU could somehow get him to commit, he would represent a great, flexible option at either offense or defense depending on the immediate needs of the program. Of the three, the most amicable to BYU is safety Zayne Anderson, who as a defensive back would also fill a position of immediate need for the Cougars.

Hopefully as the recruiting classes and rankings flesh out a little bit more, BYU is able to hang on to their current commits and add a few more gems for 2015 by recruiting solidly within the state of Utah and in the pipeline states of Hawaii, Texas, and California.

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