Since the news broke of Timpview hiring Cary Whittingham to replace Louis Wong as its football coach I’ve been asked frequently how the move will affect BYU recruiting. It’s not a question that anyone could accurately answer until we see how it plays out in the coming years.
Since I started covering recruiting back in 2002, Timpview has sent almost all of its division-one prospects to BYU. There have been some notable exceptions such as Xavier Sua-filo and Chris Badger, but the general rule is that if you’re a division-one quality prospect playing at Timpview, you’ll go on to sign with BYU.
Timpview has produced an impressive amount of talent over the past ten years with the following having signed with the Cougars:
-Dallas Reynolds (2003)
-Brian Soi (2003)
-Harvey Unga (2005)
-Luke Ashworth (2005)
-Matt Reynolds (2005)
-Stephen Covey (2005)
-Famika Anae (2007)
-Houston Reynolds (2007)
-Eathyn Manumaleuna (2007)
-Kevan Bills (2008)
-Michael Alisa (2008)
-Tui Crichton (2009)
-Craig Bills (2009)
-Bronson Kaufusi (2010)
-Corbin Kaufusi (2011)
-Colby Jorgensen (2011)
Sixteen players in all with over half of those having direct family relations to coaches or players that were in the program at the time of their signing. Subsequently, direct family relations may underscore the real reason BYU has seen so much success in recruiting Timpview more than anything else.
Timpview is very much a BYU community with its area populated with BYU alumni, employees and most of all, fans of the Cougar football program. Utes are rare within the community which makes it nothing short of ironic that Timpview’s new head football coach is the very brother of Kyle Whittingham.
But will Cary dry up Timpview’s pipeline to BYU?
It’s been my experience that most High School coaches don’t play favorites in helping their players decide on where to play at the next level. Most coaches will intervene when asked, but largely leave the decision completely up to the player and his family.
Granted that there are some notable exceptions. A current BYU player, who played for a Salt Lake area high school, was mocked incessantly by members of his coaching staff for having committed to the Cougars. Such actions by coaches are rare, counterproductive and certainly not the rule.
It’s highly doubtful that Cary Whittingham will create this sort of atmosphere at Timpview, but it is reasonable to assume that Utah will find more success recruiting at the school.
Over my years covering recruiting, Utah has seldom even tried recruiting Timpview athletes. This will almost assuredly change as conversations between the Timpview staff and the Utah football staff about their prospects should continue and even increase. I mean, they are brothers, after all.
How this affects BYU in attracting Timpview prospects remains to be seen, however. Will players that would normally choose BYU opt for its in-state rival or will it not change at all? It’s something that I’ll be sure to note closely in the coming years.
At this current juncture it’s safe to say that Utah will likely benefit from Cary Whittingham being the head coach at Timpview. For a lot of BYU fans, Utah finding any success anywhere hurts their program and especially when that success is found in BYU’s own backyard.