Ziggy and BYU coaches active during latter stages of recruiting


Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah received a load of initial praise during day one of senior bowl practices as outlined here. That praise did almost a complete 180 on day two as Ziggy struggled through drills and particularly in one-on-one drills against top offensive linemen.

Dallas Cowboy scout Ryan Broaddus gave a detailed account of how he views BYU’s best draft prospect. Broaddus points out Ansah’s inexperience being highly visible, but his upside is hard to ignore.

“There is no doubt the talent is there, but really just lacks the know-how,” Broaddus said. “Can see a team falling in love with him late in the round and not passing on that opportunity to work with him. Again, need to study his entire body of work and figure him out.”

Update on the recruiting front

Cougar coaches are as active as I’ve ever seen them during the final weeks leading up to National Letter of intent Day. In year’s past the coaching staff has been completely focused on those already committed, but this year finds head coach Bronco Mendenhall and his staff piling up the miles trying to lure more than a few uncommitted prospects.

Linemen has been the focus of the late push and coaches have made late overtures to players such as Gaius Vaenuku (6-5, 280 DL) from Euless Tex., Tomasi Laulile (6-2, 320 DL) from Westlake, Calif., David Fangupo (6-2, 350) from Kealakehe, HI among others.

-Offensive line recruit Brayden Kearsley is set to announce his commit decision at 3:30 PST and is expected to announce for BYU. The Cougars historically don’t do well when national recruits hold a press conference to announce their commitment, but stay tuned for Kearsley’s decision. Kearsley is a 6-foot-5, 280 offensive line prospect who previously committed to BYU before opening up his recruitment.

-BYU picked up a commit from Quincy Awa-Dubose on Monday, but has been unavailable for comment since it was learned he pledged to BYU. Awa-Dubose is a 6-foot-3, 305 offensive line prospect who visited BYU over the weekend.

-Cougar fans await word on Zach Barnes, who visited BYU over the weekend, but he hasn’t been responding to phone calls and text messages. The 6-foot-4, 225 prospect reportedly had a great time on his visit and has BYU high on his list of options. Barnes previously committed to Tennessee before coaching changes there let him fall through the cracks. He holds an offer from Indiana and is receiving a lot of late interest from Penn St.


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