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BYU football recruiting: 2016 DE Darius McFarland signs with the Cougars

Darius McFarland, a 6-foot-2, 265-pound defensive end prospect out of Box Elder High School in Brigham City, Utah has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for BYU. McFarland committed to the Cougars back in June and has remained committed since that time.

McFarland received a three-star designation with a rating of 84 from 247Sports. For some reason, McFarland did not receive a 247Sports Composite rating. His standard rating of 84 places him among the top ten defensive end prospects out of the state of Utah. McFarland's offers include Air Force, Army, Southern Utah, and Wyoming.

McFarland had 36 tackles, three sacks, two tackles for loss, two QB hurries, and a fumble recovery as a senior at Box Elder. He also had 339 receiving yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another 386 yards and four touchdowns for the Bees.

Despite having gone under the radar during the recruiting process, McFarland is a strong and active defender that can create some problems in the opponent's backfield. He has impressive athleticism and moves really well for a man of his size. The Cougars may have very well found themselves a gem in McFarland.

McFarland will serve a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prior to joining the Cougars. He is already set to leave for the Washington D.C. North Mission in March. He should return around the same time of year in 2018, which will give him some time to get back into playing shape prior to Fall camp.

Take a look at some of McFarland's prep highlights: