Some have committed and re-opened their decision, while others have yet to make their pledge. Here are the highlights for the top five commits of BYU's 2015 signing class, according to their 247Sports composite rating.
5. KHARI VANDERBILT
6-foot-2, 185 pounds
Composite Rating: .8356 (3 stars)
San Jose, California (San Jose City College)
Vanderbilt committed to BYU in June of last year, and seemed to be all in on being part of the Cougar family. But an offer and official visit to Utah State in December got Vanderbilt thinking twice, especially after reportedly connecting with BYU transfer Dallin Leavitt. At the time of his commitment, Vanderbilt interviewed with us at VTF and was sold on the program.
He has good size and speed for the safety position and would be extremely likely to see the field from day one if he chooses BYU.
4. GABE REID
Position: Defensive End / Linebacker
6-foot-2, 225 pounds
Composite Rating: .8504 (3 stars)
Reid is another Utah County prospect with family ties to BYU football. The talented Reid book-ended Timpview's defensive line with BYU commit Devin Kaufusi to wreak havoc on opposing offenses, helping Timpview to a third-straight state championship. Reid led the Thunderbirds in both total tackles (100) and sacks (16). He's likely to play linebacker in college.
On 2014's signing day, Timpview's signing day event featured Isaiah Nacua signing to BYU. The event's agenda included an item for Reid to announce his commitment to BYU also, but it was nixed before the event started. Now, Reid has considerable interest from Stanford and his visit there reportedly went very well. Britain Covey's verbal to Utah seems to give Reid even less of a reason to choose BYU.
Still, Reid should be part of the contingent on official visit this weekend (Did somebody say #snowmobiling?), and he would still have other teammates at BYU aside from Covey's absence. He'd be a huge addition to BYU's defensive future.
3. MUFI HUNT
Position: Defensive End
6-foot-6, 215 pounds
Composite Rating: .8560 (3 stars)
Hunt tallied 73 tackles and 12 sacks at Taylorsville High (UT), and at 6-foot-6 has a prototypical defensive-end frame which is now attracting the likes of Michigan State. The talented Hunt has been on BYU's radar for a while, but his recruitment is picking up major steam as Hunt gives due diligence to his choice. After an official visit to Michigan State on Jan. 23, Hunt headed to Oregon State on Jan. 28, and is then participating at BYU this weekend.
Hunt seems impressed with Gary Andersen and Kalani Sitake, but told The Oregonian on Thursday it is currently a four-way tie between Michigan State, Oregon State, Washington State, and BYU -- and that he will decided on signing day. He is thought to be prepping to serve a mission immediately after high school.
2. DAYAN LAKE
5-foot-11, 185 pounds
Composite Rating: .8730 (3 stars)
Lake held firm to his BYU commitment for quite some time despite contact with many of the nation's top programs, at one time a four-star prospect according to Scout. Just a few weeks ago, Lake decided to reopen his recruitment to make sure his choice was solid, and has taken official visits to San Diego State as well as getting an in-home visit from UNLV. He should be part of the big visiting weekend in Provo.
Perhaps his four-star rating was dropped because, while carrying the load offensively for Northridge High (team high 833 yards, 8 TD, 6.72 ypc) as a senior, the talented Lake was also moved to linebacker for a time as well. His high school coach was tired of Lake being a non-factor at corner because teams refused to throw or run to his side of the field. Make no mistake: Lake is a difference maker and would benefit BYU immensely.
1. MIKA TAFUA
Position: Defensive End / Linebacker
6-foot-3, 210 pounds
Composite Rating: .8762
The first commitment of the 2015 class, Tafua originally pledged to BYU in January of 2013. Two years later, the talent that got him rated a four-star recruit by 247Sports is in high demand with Washington, USC, and even Oregon in hot pursuit. Tafua reportedly thought highly of his visit to Washington on Jan. 16, and the Huskies are thought to be the frontrunner for his services. From what I understand, Tafua is not expected to be visiting BYU this weekend.
Tafua spent time in high school as a hybrid DE/OLB, and his abilities are obvious when watching the tape. It would mean big things for the future of BYU's defense if the coaches can hang on to his commitment.