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BYU Football Recruiting: List of 2017 recruits playing right away, returned missionaries, and players going on missions

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Due to so many players serving LDS missions, BYU has one of the most unique recruiting situations in the country. BYU always has its fair share of “sign-and-send recruits;” i.e., players that elect to serve missions before enrolling at BYU.

Here is a list of 2017 recruits that are planning on playing in the upcoming season, returned missionaries that will be in the program in 2017, and players that are planning on going on missions:

Play at BYU in 2017 (some may serve mission after 2017 season):

  • Chaz Ah You, DB - Eagle Mountain, Utah
  • Mango Finau, OL - Wailuku, Hawaii
  • Bentley Hanshaw, TE - Moorpark, California
  • Keenan Ellis, DB/WR - Chula Vista, California
  • Langi Tuifua, DE - South Jordan, Utah
  • D’Angelo Gunter, DB - San Diego, California
  • Lorenzo Fauatea, DL - West Valley, Utah
  • Tariq Buchanan, WR/DB - Elgin, Texas
  • Tanner Baker, DL - Acworth, Georgia
  • Taipe (John) Vaka, OL - Oakland, California (JUCO transfer)

Returned Missionaries:

  • Joe Critchlow, QB - Franklin, Tennessee (SUU commit before mission)
  • Khyiris Tonga, DL - West Valley, Utah (Utah commit before mission)
  • Ula Tolutau, RB - Salt Lake City, Utah (Wisconsin commit before mission)
  • AJ Lolohea, DL - Salt Lake City, Utah (Weber State commit before mission)
  • Joe Tukuafu, TE - Salt Lake City, Utah (Utah State commit before mission)
  • Matt Bushman, TE - Tucson, Arizona
  • Garrett, England, DB - Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tico Fuga, DL - Huntington Beach, California
  • Earl Mariner, DL - Topeka, Kansas
  • Brady Christensen, OL - Bountiful, Utah
  • Motekiai Langi, DL - Liahona, Tonga
  • David Lui, DL - Pittsburgh, California
  • Will Sedgwick, LB - Laguna Hills, California
  • Mika Tafua, LB - Laie, Hawaii
  • Kody Wilstead, QB - St. George, Utah

Mission First:

  • Alden Tofa, DL - West Jordan, Utah
  • Seleti Feveleaki, DL - Corona, California
  • Donovan Hanna, TE - Queen Creek, Arizona
  • Tyler Batty, DE - Payson, Utah
  • Ammon Hannemann, DB - Highland, Utah
  • Ryan Rekhow, P/K - Veradale, Washington
  • Isaac Rex, TE - San Clemente, California
  • Preston Lewis, LB - Alpine, Utah
  • Tongi Langi, DB - South Jordan, Utah
  • Ben Bywater, LB - Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Jackson McChesney, RB - Alpine, Utah
  • Mason Fakahua, QB/DB - Cedar City, Utah
  • Seth Willis, OL - Sandy Hook, Connecticut