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BYU Football Early Signing Period Recap

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College football’s early signing period took place from Wednesday to Saturday and BYU took full advantage signing several new Cougars to the program from high schools, junior colleges, and the transfer portal.

Here is a recap of all the players BYU signed on National Signing Day.

High School

Tre Alexander III - Cornerback

247Sports Rating: 87 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tre Alexander commit to BYU in August but his recruitment didn’t stop there. He continued to pull in offers including his hometown team, Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets made a strong push, getting Alexander on an official visit, but ultimately he stayed true to his original decision to sign with the Cougs. He will have a chance to make an immediate impact when he arrives in Provo.

Adney Reid - Defensive End

247Sports Rating: 86 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Adney Reid will be one of the more underrated players in this year’s class due to the nature of his high school journey. He impressed enough as a freshman to pull in offers from BYU and Utah. The summer before his sophomore year his family moved to Australia where he played rugby and basketball. Reid’s love though was always football and he commit to BYU from Australia in 2022 and fulfilled that commitment on signing day.

Matthias Leach - Safety

247Sports Rating: 85 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Matthias Leach is a tall and long player on the back end of the defense. He quietly commit to BYU in November. Playing his high school football in Fort Worth, Texas, he played against some of the best competition in the country. Being very athletic but still raw as a player he is the perfect recruit for Jay Hill to mold first hand into his defense.

Jett Nelson - Wide Receiver

247Sports Rating: 84 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jett Nelson is a player who could play a variety of positions when he gets to Provo. He was an All-State receiver his senior year gaining over 1,000 yards and bringing in eight touchdowns at American Fork. Another raw player with great size and athleticism in this class. It seems BYU will start him out receiver, but he could make the move to tight end or even defense if he bulked up on that 6-foot-5 frame.

Enoch Watson - Quarterback

247Sports Rating: 85 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Enoch Watson transferred to American Leadership Academy for his senior year where he played under BYU legends Ty Detmer and Max Hall. The move paid off as he was able to put his passing ability more on display than his previous school. He threw for 2,581 yards and 29 touchdowns, completing 63.4% of his passes. A vast improvement from his previous seasons. He also added 356 yards and eight touchdowns with his legs. A dynamic player this staff will look forward to having after a mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Watson is the younger brother to 2023 linebacker signee, Preston Watson.

Siosefa Brown - Defensive End

247Sports Rating: 85 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

It seems like so long ago since Sefa Brown committed to BYU—nearly 11 months ago, in fact. While that isn’t as long as a few of his fellow signees, it’s enough time to forget that he is one of the best edge rushers in the state of Utah. Before committing, he started receiving offers from a handful of Power 5 schools such as Cal, Vanderbilt, and Utah. Being tall and long he has plenty of frame for BYU to build a great pass rusher.

Tommy Prassas - Safety

247Sports Rating: 84 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tommy Prassas is another recruit who may fly under the radar for a lot of BYU fans, but make no mistake, he can play with the best of them. He was an impact player at safety for Basha High School on a team that has a ton of talent and wins with that talent. With BYU’s safeties suffering the injuries they suffered last season, a repeat of that could cause Prassas to play sooner rather than later.

Dallin Johnson - Defensive Line

247Sports Rating: 82 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Dallin Johnson is the most underrated player in this class when comparing his recruiting rating to his actual production on the field. He had a monster senior season for the Springville Red Devils. In eleven games, he had 83 tackles, 19 tackles for lass, and 14 sacks. Johnson has been committed to BYU since the end of his freshman year of high school. While that may have played into the reason he was never ranked higher as a recruit, he is a great signee for a much-needed position.

Brody Laga - Kicker

247Sports Rating: N/A

Brody Laga is a small player with a big leg and was one of the best kickers in Utah. He made fifteen field goals his senior year including a long from 59 yards. He also had touchbacks on over 70% of his kickoffs. A kicker with a big leg like that will be a valuable asset for BYU.

Noah Lugo - Quarterback

247Sports Rating: 85 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Noah Lugo is going to be one of the recruits BYU fans will be intrigued to watch develop. He displayed fantastic athleticism as a quarterback, running for 862 yards and 12 touchdowns. Where the development will need to come is with his passing. He improved from his junior to senior year, throwing for a hair under 1,600 yards and 10 touchdowns while completing over 60% of his passes. If he can develop more as a passer, he will be a fun player to watch in Provo.

Ephraim Asiata - Defensive End

247Sports Rating: 88 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ephraim Asiata announced his commitment the night before the early signing period opened. The son of former Utah running back Matt Asiata, his signing is a major win for BYU recruiting. After his miraculous comeback from a shooting when he was 15 he developed into one of the best edge rushers in Utah. Having an Asiata wearing blue in Provo will be a sight to see come next fall.

Johnathan Kabeya - Cornerback

247Sports Rating: 85 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kabeya is yet another defensive back that BYU is bringing in with high athleticism. He played a lot of man coverage in his high school’s scheme and displays great speed on the back end. After a great senior year this is another player for BYU fans to be excited about.

Devoux Tuataga - Defensive End

247Sports Rating: 87 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Devoux Tuataga is one of the more physically ready recruits to play at the next level. With his elite size the BYU coaches will be thrilled to grow his skill set as a pass rusher on top of what he already possesses. He was one of the more heavily recruited players in Utah.

Carson Su’esu’e - Athlete

247Sports Rating: 85 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Carson Su’esu’e is an elite athlete. He played quarterback at his high school and had a great season at the position. However, he’s being recruited as an athlete still because he could play a variety of positions when he comes to Provo. From defensive end, tight end, wide receiver, or back to quarterback. There will be several options for the coaches to decide where he best fits.

Blake Lowe - Linebacker

247Sports Rating: 85 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Blake Lowe was a dynamic player for Chapparal High School. He played offense and defense, having production on both sides of the ball, and his being recruited as a defender. Despite playing a lot of safety in high school he is projected to play linebacker at the next level. Given time, he will add more weight to his frame and be a nice addition to BYU’s linebacker room.

Viliami Po’uha - Defensive End

247Sports Rating: 84 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Originally part of the 2021 class for the Utah Utes, Po’uha flipped his commitment to BYU on the opening day of the signing period. He commit to the Utes out of high school before serving a mission. As standout for Bingham High, he was one of the best edge rushers in the state his senior year with 56 tackles and 10 sacks. It will take time to get his legs back from his mission but he has the skill set to turn into a good player. He is also the son of current BYU defensive line coach Sione Po’uha.

Ryner Swanson - Tight End

247Sports Rating: 90 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ryner Swanson is currently the top high school recruit in the 2024 class. The Laguna Beach native is still relatively new to football so the sky is the limit for how good he could end up being. He was a big time recruit hauling in offers from all over the country. Choosing BYU over Texas and Oregon for his final three schools was a massive win for the Cougars. Tight ends have excelled in history of BYU football and Swanson has the makeup to keep with that tradition. He plans to play in the 2024 season before serving a mission.

Ikinasio Tupou - Offensive Line

247Sports Rating: 87 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ikinasio “Iki” Tupou is someone who could make an impact right away, given the right circumstances. One of the circumstances is that BYU’s offensive line severely underperformed last season. The offensive line will also be replacing a few starters as well. Being a big-bodied and skilled lineman, it’s not out of the question that if players continue to underperform or injuries pile up, we could see Tupou see some action.

Tei Nacua - Wide Receiver

247Sports Rating: 85 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Another year, another Nacua is going to be playing football for BYU. It’s a tradition like no other. Tei had a stellar senior year, especially moving towards and during Timpview’s state championship run. He will join a competitive wide receiver room but has the skills to make a name for himself. Never doubt a Nacua in Provo.

Kini Fonohema - Defensive End

247Sports Rating: 87 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kini Fonohema chose the BYU over Utah and Oregon State at a signing day event on Wednesday. He had a knack for being in opposing backfields, especially this past season. He racked up 80 total tackles with 20 tackles for loss and 12 sacks his senior year. He has a great length to him with a frame that will make an elite pass rusher when he works to build some college size to him. Another great signee coming off the edge in this class.

Junior College

Luke Toomalatai - Defensive Tackle

247Sports Rating: 82 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Luke Toomalatai is a big bodied defensive lineman who plays with aggressiveness and athleticism. He plays physical in run defense and has surprising athletic ability for someone who is over 300 pounds. Interior defensive line has underperformed for several seasons so expect Toomalatai to be in the mix come next season.

Danny Saili - Defensive Tackle

247Sports Rating: 88 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Danny Saili is going to be the heaviest player on the team in 2024. He is a monster. Saili will be the anchor of the middle of the defensive line. Similar to Khyiris Tonga, except he’s even bigger. As long as he can stay on the field he will be a huge asset on the defensive front, literally.

Sani Tuala - Defensive Line

247Sports Rating: 85 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sani Tuala is a player from down under who has huge potential. A former rugby player, he is still relatively new to football, but his potential is sky high. Super athletic with a big frame, Tuala has the athleticism to end up playing on the edge or the frame to play on the inside. BYU will have versatility with this Aussie and a chance to develop an elite defensive lineman.

Transfer Portal

Jack Kelly - Weber State

247Sports Rating: 91 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The second year in a row the Cougars get a potential starting linebacker through the transfer portal. The all Big Sky first team linebacker chose to come to BYU over numerous Power 5 schools in contact. He compiled 56 tackles and 10.5 sacks in his last season at Weber State. Kelly will make an immediate impact on the BYU defense from game one.