After a relatively quiet start to the recruiting cycle, BYU football has been adding new faces left and right. The rush of commitments continued late last night, as BYU football added two more players for future classes. Class of 2018's Tyler Manoa announced his commitment on Twitter last night, and 2019's Apu Ika also committed, per Total Blue Sports.
If you're looking for fully detailed, fleshed out recruiting pages for both prospects, you'll be found wanting, given how early this is in the recruiting process. Manoa is a 6'3, 280 pound defensive tackle from Mountain View, California. Ika, also a defensive tackle, is 6'3 and 295 pounds, hailing from East High in Salt Lake City.
Saying with real confidence what either prospect could add to the team is tricky, as both have quite a bit of high school football left to be played, and if either serve missions, it could be years before they play meaningful snaps for BYU. There's also plenty of time left in their recruiting process, so there's plenty of time for either to change their mind. Both players may have more growing to do as well. Per the Deseret News, BYU is the first offer for both players, and neither had much contact with BYU coaches before attending a BYU camp.
But if you're going to be more aggressive in recruiting, which BYU unquestionable is under Sitake, you need to get in front of prospects early, and seeing a rash of commitments for 2018 and beyond, if nothing else, is a positive sign in showing how the BYU recruiting pitch is sticking with younger kids. If BYU is going to pull off a few upsets on the recruiting trail and beat bigger programs, building those longterm relationships will go a long way.
BYU now has four commitments for the class of 2018, so if nothing else, they've build a solid foundation for the future.
You can watch highlight videos of both players below: