BYU football: Recruiting with Big 12 badge has killed anti-BYU tactic

BYU head coach Kalani Sitake and athletic director Tom Holmoe stretch during a broadcasting break during BYU football media day in Provo on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

An invite to the Power Five party is paying dividends for BYU football recruiters.

Using membership in the Big 12 to recruit has definitely made a difference as BYU football coaches make their rounds, according to front-line coaches.

But will that make BYU’s recruiting classes jump from the mid-50s, 60s and 70s up to the 30s any time soon?

We’ll see.

But it has made a difference.

“People can’t use independence against us anymore,” offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick told reporters and a BYUtv studio audience. “We were sick of fighting that.”

Indeed, it was thrown in the face of BYU coaches through the Bronco Mendenhall and now the Kalani Sitake years.

No more.

And the change has already been measurable.

Running backs coach Harvey Unga said he noticed this spring while recruiting at high schools, coaches brought out players to him in separate groups. Mountain West-type players, Group of Five guys, FCS-type talent, and then what they considered P5 material. “They brought the Power Five prospects to meet me, so yes, there was a difference, at least with what I’ve experienced and what BYU is perceived to be.”

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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