Today the BYU Cougars announced the list of new players that have signed offers of admission to BYU and will hit campus in January in order to start their Cougar careers before spring ball. This list is highlighted by two new freshman in Troy Warner and Keaton Torre. Two return missionaries are also high on the Cougars list as Tanner Jacobson will come in as a sophomore after spending his freshman year at Texas Tech, and Austin McChesney returns from his mission as a freshman for the Cougars.
Along with the four that highlight the group, the Cougars also will add other return missionaries that had either signed with BYU before their mission or had attended BYU previous to their mission. These include red shirt freshman linebacker Rylee Gautavai, freshman receiver Inoke Lotulelei, sophomore defensive lineman Merrill Taliauli, freshman defensive back Johnny Tapusoa, freshman offensive lineman Keegan Hicks, red shirt freshman offensive lineman Thomas Shoaf, and offensive lineman red shirt freshman Addison Pulsipher.
Starting school in January is key to each of these players' developments as they look to solidify a spot on the roster. The extra time before spring ball will allow them to get into better shape, learn the play book, and bond with their teammates. With a full spring camp, a full summer, and fall camp under their belts they can have a leg up as they enter the 2016 season ready to contribute.
Troy Warner: Warner is a four-star safety that can play a number of positions on the field including cornerback, safety, and wide receiver. Warner committed to the Cougars after an official visit to BYU during the weekend of the BYU vs Boise State football game. Originally Warner committed to the Oregon Ducks after being recruited by Oregon, Arizona, USC, Stanford, California, UCLA, Utah, Notre Dame, Boston College, and BYU.
Keaton Torre: Torre is a three-star quarterback out of Bingham high. He originally committed to Louisville but switched to BYU in September. Torre is a pro-style quarterback and has the talent to immediately compete for the back-up job behind Tanner Mangum.
Tanner Jacobson: Jacobson is the younger brother of former Cougar McKay Jacobson and is returning from a mission in Cochabamba, Boliva. He played his freshman year at Texas Tech. In his year with their defense he recorded 47 tackles (36 solo), two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a tackle for loss. He started four games but played in all 13.