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Dayan Lake held his commitment to BYU in the end, signing with the Cougars on National Signing Day Wednesday. After holding his commitment for nearly a year and a half despite contact with top programs like Oregon, Lake decided to reopen his recruitment just weeks before signing day but reaffirmed his BYU pledge on Feb. 2.
His re-commitment was welcome news for BYU, which needs an infusion of talent in the defensive secondary. Lake is just that: talent. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback was rated three stars in the 247Sports composite with a rating of .8730. Lake holds a four-star rating from Scout.
Lake's athleticism was so irrepressible in high school that his coach moved him from cornerback to linebacker for his senior season. Lake was so good at corner, teams would never pass or run to his side. So he played linebacker to make the biggest impact he could.
"He's great at playing the run. I think that's what separates him at corner more than other kids. Most corners just grab guys, run around, dive around and don't know how to tackle. He'll go toe-to-toe with the biggest, baddest running back in the state and hit him in the mouth. He loves that."
-- Erik Thompson, Lake's high school coach
This was in addition to Lake's role as primary running back. Lake rushed for 833 yards and eight touchdowns on a 6.72 yards-per-carry average. He played both positions and returned kicks while battling injury as a senior.
Here are Lake's highlights: