PROVO — BYU is making a relatively untypical late run at several prospects just six days before National Letter of Intent day. At least six prospects are expected this weekend — three of whom already committed to sign with the Cougars.
The committed prospects included Lone Peak’s Talon Shumway (6-3, 210 WR), Thomas Shoaf, who is a 6-foot-6, 265 offensive line prospect from Columbus, IN. and Kalolo Manumaleuga Utu, who is a 6-foot-2, 250 linebacker/defensive line prospect from Compton, Calif.
The uncommitted prospects include Kahuku’s Aofaga Wily, who is a 6-foot, 195 running back prospect. Wily has narrowed down his options to BYU and Hawaii after becoming Kahuku’s all-time leading rusher his senior year.
Tim Duran is a 6-foot-4, 290 offensive line prospect from Cabrillo junior college in southern California. BYU first contacted Duran just two weeks ago.
“I didn’t know much of anything about BYU when they first contacted me, but I’m anxious for my official visit,” Duran said. “I know BYU is a different school and a Mormon school and has some strict standards, but I”m anxious to see if I fit in there being not being Mormon and all that.”
Duran transferred from Gilroy junior college to Cabrillo last season and saw a lot of success. The Puyallup, Wash. native has seen late interest from several smaller programs including San Jose State, but is intrigued with what BYU has to offer.
“BYU is a big school that plays a lot on national TV, so I definitely like that,” he said. “I really like the new offensive line coach — coach (Garrett) Tujague and what I know about him. He’s big on technique and likes his players to be aggressive, so I love that.”
Duran played at both left tackle and left guard last season and is open to playing anywhere along the offensive front.
“Hopefully BYU offers me and, if they do, then I’ll have to make a quick decision with my family,” Duran said. “We’ll see if it’s a good fit for me this weekend, but I’m definitely excited to have BYU as an option. I feel I improved a ton last season and I’m so thankful that a big school, like BYU, took an interest.”
BYU did make a late run at Cal commit Garrett Hughes, but it was recently learned that he won’t be expected to make the trip out to Provo this weekend.
BYU is making a run at former Utah and Arizona State commit De’Ondre Wesley. Wesley is a 6-foot-7, 305 offensive line prospect from Diablo Valley Junior College. Wesley committed to Utah in late September before committing to Arizona State in December. The Sun Devils withdrew their offer to Wesley late for undisclosed reasons while Utah moved on and recruited over him.
We’ll have more on Wesley when he becomes available for comment.