There is no doubt that Kalani Sitake's staff has taken a more liberal approach in giving out offers compared to their predecessors. On Tuesday and Wednesday, two of those were able to stick. Isaiah Armstrong, a safety out of Riverside City College (JUCO) will join the team this season and punter Sekope Lutu Latu from Hawaii will be a member of the class of 2018.
Armstrong, 6' 2" 193lbs. held offers from Army and Navy coming out of high school. It does not look like Sekope, 6' 3" 230lbs. has any other current offers.
One position group that BYU seems to be targeting is cornerback and Isaiah is expected to play that position once he joins the team. This was his position in high school but he was moved to safety during his one year at Riverside. If you don't believe that Sitake is taking a more aggressive approach in recruiting cornerbacks, Jeff Hansen over at Rivals has the numbers to prove it:
I count 10 BYU offers to CBs in 2017. (Again, that's guys that are offered to play CB, not as pure ATH.) Clearly, coaches want more depth.— Jeff Hansen (@rakoto10) May 18, 2016
This should be music to any BYU fans ears, as that has been a weak position group for so many years. I don't think I have ever said, "Their quarterback and receivers are great but I'm confident in BYU's secondary." 2016 may be the first year I get to say that and Isaiah will hopefully only add to that needed depth.
There is not much to evaluate from one year at a junior college, but you can look at his stats here if you wish. His high school senior season highlights however, are rather impressive:
The man is a ball hawk and reminds me of Kai Nacua with his patience and awareness of where the football is at all times. Patience is huge as a cornerback because jumping a route or rushing yourself to an ill advised decision can get you burned. This doesn't seem to be a problem for Isaiah as he stays in his zone or on his man until he needs to make a play.
You can find his high school stats on MaxPreps but he recorded an astounding 13 interceptions as a senior and broke both the single season AND career records at Redlands East Valley in Southern California. He was selected to ALL-AREA and Defensive Player of the Year awards.
Sekope Lutu Latu
I was unable to find much on Sekope, likely because we are still two years away, and because he's a punter. However, the guy is a beast. He stands at 6 foot 3 and 230 pounds. Let it be know that I am deeming him Matt Payne II and I expect highlights like this one:
This might be a penalty now but it would be worth it. Perhaps Tuiaki will ask to put him at linebacker? Who knows.