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BYU extends offers to 2019 recruits, hones in on potential defensive transfer

Can BYU land some instant impact guys?

NCAA Football: Nevada at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

With the early National signing period just two weeks away (December 19-21), BYU continues to extend offers in hopes of adding to the 2019 recruiting class.

After extending offers to a pair of running backs last week, BYU hit the offensive side of the ball again the past few days.

Here are three offers BYU extended the past few days, along with a potential transfer to keep an eye on.

DeShawn Collins

BYU extended a scholarship offer to the JUCO running back from the City College of San Francisco. The three-star running back also reports offers from Hawaii and UNLV.

Don’t be fooled by the offer list though — Collins would contribute to BYU from day one. He has speed that BYU simply does not have at the skill positions. Not only is he fast, but he is strong too; his head coach saw him bench 225 pounds 27 times in the weight room.

Collins path to the football field has been a lengthy one. After redshirting as a freshman in 2016, Collins injured his ankle on the first series of the 2017 season and was forced to miss the remainder of the year.

Collins finally saw the field this season, and in 10 games rushed for 923 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns on 192 carries. He’s also a solid receiver out of the backfield, as he had 28 receptions for 434 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Had Collins not been injured during the 2017 season, it’s likely he would have more attention from Power 5 schools. Don’t be surprised if he gets Power 5 offers between now and signing day, though.

With the injury he suffered in 2017, there’s a good chance Collins gets a medical redshirt and is a redshirt sophomore in the 2019 season.

You can watch Collins’ highlights below.

George Udo

BYU also extended an offer to linebacker George Udo from Antioch, California.

Udo is more of a developmental prospect that likely wouldn’t contribute for a couple years. He has the measurables and athleticism that coaches like to mold, but he’s not a guy that will come in day one and contribute.

You can view Udo’s highlights below:

Braedon Wissler

A local guy that BYU fans may already be familiar with, the Bingham HS product was extended a preferred walk-on offer.

Wissler was one of the most entertaining players in the state as a junior, but a knee injury in the season opener this year forced him to miss his senior season.

Wissler’s size is really the biggest thing holding him back from having more division one offers. Wissler no doubt has the speed and quickness to be a high-level D1 player, but his 5-foot-7 frame detracted many schools.

Wissler can look to former Bingham high school teammate Dax Milne as evidence that walk-ons can play at BYU right away. Milne played in 9 games and had 9 receptions for 64 yards.

If Wissler decides not to go the FCS route, BYU and Utah are the two most likely options to land him.

You can view Braedon’s highlights below:

Transfer to keep an eye on: Nephi Sewell

A two-year starting starting safety for the Nevada Wolfpack, Sewell announced his decision to transfer from Nevada, saying that he’s homesick and wants to play closer to home.

Sewell prepped in Saint George, but his family now lives in Orem, Utah. He comes from a football family, as his older brother plays linebacker at Nevada, his younger brother is an offensive tackle at Oregon, and his youngest brother is a 4-star 2020 recruit at Orem high school.

Citing his desire to play close to home, BYU, Utah and Utah State all become obvious options. If he doesn’t stay close to home, he could team up with his brother at Oregon.

Regardless of where he goes, that team will be getting an impact player; he is considered by many to be the best player on the Nevada defense. Sewell will likely have to sit out and redshirt the 2019 season and will have two years of eligibility beginning in 2020.

In two seasons as a starter, Sewell racked up 111 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries.

With BYU losing safeties Dayan Ghanwoloku, Austin Lee and Troy Warner after the 2019 season, Sewell would have an opportunity to step in and be a starting safety from day one in the 2020 season.

You can watch Sewell’s highlights below: