The southeast is not a typical spot to find a BYU recruit but it happened Monday as the Cougars received a commitment from TE Tanner Baker. If you are wondering if TE coach Steve Clark and offensive coordinator Ty Detmer are serious about returning the tight end, you have your answer. This makes the second of just three total commitments who play that position.
Dennis Pitta, a household name for cougar fans, attended the same high school as Tanner did out in California. However, since then Tanner Baker has made the transition across country to play for defending 5A state champion, Allatoona High School in Georgia.
He is a similar size as last year tight end, Terenn Houk at 6 ft. 5 in. and 230 pounds. The only difference is that Tanner is five pounds heavier. Also worth noting is that Tanner is coming off an ACL tear, which undoubtedly led to an early decision to lock up one of his D-1 offers. He also had offers from Ball State, Tennessee Tech, Navy and Southern Utah University.
If two TE recruits aren't enough, it sounds like BYU may get a third in Bentley Hanshaw, who is Baker's best friend. Bentley has offers from BYU, San Jose State and also Utah State. He is also being recruited heavily by top programs like UCLA, Pittsburgh, Utah and Arizona State. These two plus commit Isaac Rex could provide a great addition to TE depth at BYU.
Take a look at Baker's highlights: