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BYU Football Recruiting: 2017 QB Joe Critchlow flips commitment to BYU post-mission

Surprise get for the Cougars at a needed position

Southern Utah v BYU Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images

Signing day usually brings limited surprises but Joe Critchlow changing his commitment to BYU was one on Wednesday. Joe originally committed to Southern Utah before his mission in 2015. He attended Franklin HIgh School in the Nashville area. Vanderbilt wanted the local star QB but the coaches ultimately took the offer back since he was serving an LDS mission.

Joe was 6-4 and 210lbs prior to is mission and hopefully he is able to use that size to his advantage for BYU. He also held offers from Mercer, Tennessee-Martin and Alabama Birmingham.

Perhaps a big reason for his mind changing is that then Southern Utah head coach Ed Lamb when Critchlow committed is now on the BYU staff. Ed Lamb told the Salt Lake Tribune back in 2015 that he was pleased with the signing.

Of course, another big reason could be the chance to have a Heisman trophy winner as your coach.

On film, Joe looks extremely talented. He has a quick release and the size advantage is evident. He is the definition of a pocket quarterback and seems poised and controlled. Tanner Mangum will certainly be the go to quarterback next season but expect Joe to be in the mix in the years to come.

Check out his Hudl video from his senior year: