Today marked the start of Winter Semester at BYU, and with that brought some new faces to the BYU football team.
Being enrolled for the Winter Semester means that players will be able to compete in Spring ball, which can give early enrollees and RM’s a leg up over those that may take the traditional route and start in Fall camp.
This is not necessarily a comprehensive list, but I’ve done my best to do some digging and find out which RM’s and 2018 signees are enrolled at BYU. The RM list comes from BYU’s official site.
The 3-star QB from Corner Canyon HS (Utah) will get a chance to come in and compete right away in a seemingly wide-open QB competition. With Tanner Mangum unlikely to compete in Spring ball (and maybe even Fall camp) as he recovers from a torn achilles, Wilson will get a chance to prove himself as a true freshman.
Although not as highly recruited as Wilson, Conner is another guy that will get a chance to prove himself in Spring ball. At 6-5, 185 pounds, Conner will need to put on some weight in order to compete at the Division 1 level. With his height and athleticism, however, he is a guy to keep an eye on as he develops in his BYU career.
Baylor is a returned missionary who was a member of the Nevada Wolfpack’s 2015 recruiting class. An ESPN 3-star QB, Baylor committed to BYU this past September. What makes Baylor’s official enrollment especially significant is that he is the brother of Gunner Romney, a BYU WR commit who has yet to sign and is considered one of the top prospects of BYU’s 2018 class. Baylor and Gunner have longed been believed to be a package deal, so Baylor’s enrollment is a good sign in BYU’s recruitment of Gunner.
At 6-8, 275 pounds, LaChance is a big body that will compete for time right away at the two-deep. LaChance is a returned missionary who was a Utah State commit prior to his mission, but chose BYU over the Aggies and Utah after returning home.
BYU will welcome other missionaries when Fall Camp starts, but these are the RM’s that will compete in Spring Ball, per BYU’s official site.
One of the top high school kickers in the country in 2016, Southam will look to come in and take the kicking job. Southam played in the U.S. All-American Bowl as senior, the premier high school All-American game in the country.
He made over 70% of his kicks during his high school career, including a long of 53 yards. He also was his team’s punter. BYU has struggled with kicks over 40 yards for awhile now, so Southam’s emergence is something to keep an eye on.
One of the top recruits of the 2015 class, Ieremia chose BYU over the likes of Washington, Boise State and Oregon State. With Butch Pau’u entering his senior year, Ieremia is a name to watch at Middle Linebacker.
Yep, another Kaufusi is coming to BYU. The younger brother of Corbin and Bronson was a 3-star recruit coming out of Timpview high school. It may be a few years before we see Devin a regular contributor, but it is always nice having a Kaufusi manning the defensive side of the ball.
A safety and running back in high school, Latu will likely play linebacker during his time in Provo. Latu nearly committed to Oregon State when Kalani Sitake was there, but ultimately chose BYU after Kalani became head coach.
The 6’4, 255 lineman from the bay area played offensive and defensive line in high school, but will likely play along the defensive line at BYU.