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BYU Football Recruiting: Cougars pursuing pair of running backs from the South

Can BYU land one of the 3-star running backs?


With Matt Hadley and Squally Canada set to graduate and Ula Tolutau’s status still in the air for next season, BYU coaches are on the recruiting trail for another running back to add to the mix.

Two of those runnings backs are a pair of high school seniors who hail from the South and are currently committed to other schools. Those commitments appear to be wavering, however, and BYU is looking to pounce and add at least one of the two 2019 recruits.

Here is a breakdown of the two 3-star recruits.

Aidan Robbins

The 6-foot-3, 220 pounds running back from Louisville, Kentucky committed to his hometown school of Louisville back in June. However, with a change in coaching staff at Louisville and no replacement yet, Robbins is a recruit who could be persuaded elsewhere.

Outside of his BYU and Louisville scholarship offers, Robbins also has offers from Ole Miss, South Carolina, Missouri, Vandy, Duke, Indiana, Kentucky and a host of G5 schools. His academic prowess is notable as well, as Robbins boasts offers from Harvard, Yale, Princeton and pretty much every other Ivy League school.

If not for a torn labrum in his right shoulder that cut his senior season short, Robbins would likely be on the radar for a host of Power 5 teams. As it stands now, BYU is going hard after Robbins, as evidenced by an in-home visit from running backs coach AJ Steward.

Robbins was planning on graduating early and enrolling at Louisville in time for Spring ball, so look for BYU to push hard to flip Robbins to sign in the early signing period (December 19-21) so he can be in campus in time for Winter semester starting in January.

With his blend of power, vision and speed, Robbins is the type of running back that could contribute right away at BYU.

You can watch his highlights below.

Jamontez Woods

The 6 foot, 200 pounds running back from Gadsden, Alabama is currently committed to in-state team Troy. BYU sees wavering in that commitment, however, and sent offensive line coach Ryan Pugh to Woods’ house. Pugh played his college ball at Auburn and has many connections to the area.

The 3-star running back doesn’t have quite the offer list as Robbins, but he does have an Ole Miss offer to go along with a handful of G5 schools.

Woods is a physical back who may not necessarily be a day one contributor, but he could definitely develop into a starter down the road.

You can view Woods’ highlights below.

BYU has also been pursuing other JUCO and high school running backs, so the Cougars seem adamant on adding at least one running back to the room next season. With the willingness to travel across the country to visit Robbins and Woods, at least one of these two guys could very well flip to BYU and sign in December or February.