BYU fans who have been away from their phones and laptops during the Christmas season might have missed a nice gift for the future of BYU football. Despite a late charge from USC, BYU will be hanging on to their commitment of consensus four-star DB/WR Troy Warner.
Troy confirmed this himself, on his Twitter account:
Troy, the brother of BYU linebacker Fred Warner, is the 246th best player nationwide in the class of 2016, per 247Sports, and the 21st best defensive back. Originally committed to Oregon, Warner picked BYU over USC, Notre Dame, Stanford, Arizona, and a slew of other big name programs in the West.
Warner's commitment not only gives BYU an excellent weapon to be used, potentially immediately, at corner or wideout (or shoot, maybe both), but he gives the 2016 class an unusual bit of star power. The Cougars now have two consensus blue chip prospects in the class of 2016, thanks to the recent commitment of JUCO DT Handsome Tanielu. BYU did not sign any consensus blue chip prospects in the class of 2015, and only signed one in 2014.
BYU's 2016 class ranking is still relatively modest, nationally (currently 55th, per the 247 Composite), but there's plenty of room to add more players to this recruiting class. If Sitake and a new, young staff can finish strong, this could be BYU's best recruiting class in several seasons.