Inside Darnell's Head: BYU football can't afford to miss on good recruits

2014-08-24T23:30:00Z 2014-08-26T21:55:06Z Inside Darnell's Head: BYU football can't afford to miss on good recruitsDarnell Dickson On BYU Recruiting Daily Herald
August 24, 2014 11:30 pm  • 

Here’s another trip into the mind of the 1979 Cascade Basketball Camp “C-A-M-P” champ. It was their version of “H-O-R-S-E,” and it was my ability to use the backboard that won it.

A lost art. Yeah, another way Tyler Haws and I are alike.

All is pretty quiet on the recruiting front for BYU football but things could get a little sketchy as we get closer to the February signing day. By all accounts, this could be a small recruiting class due to a large group of returned missionaries. BYU still has a lot of scholarship offers out there -- as many as 20, according to Total Blue Sports -- and making everybody happy is going to be quite a trick. Over-committing scholarships is a common practice in college football, but not so much at BYU, which draws from a smaller pool of prospects. Expanding that pool is a good idea, but at what cost? The Cougars have a very small margin of error when it comes to choosing prospects. A miss at BYU costs more than a miss at Auburn, or Alabama, or USC.

So far, I really like Dayan Lake, a defensive back commit from Northridge, and Mike Tafua, a defensive end from Honolulu. 

Next up for BYU is a long look from a pretty talented offensive lineman -- 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive tackle Kieffer Longson from San Ramon, Calif. His top three, as of last week, were BYU, Utah and Ohio State.

No “one of these things is not like the other” jokes, please.

No love: Former Cougar lineman Tui Crichton, now at Weber State, told the Ogden Standard-Examiner that Bronco Mendenhall didn’t want him anymore, so he left. Just remember that there are two sides to every story, and we heard Crichton’s. I’m sure Mendenhall won’t elaborate on his side.

I know that college coaches can be very demanding of players, almost to the point of being impossible. But when a relationship isn’t working out, sometimes it’s best to move on. Sounds like Crichton is happier in Ogden, so good for him.

So deep: A lot of us media types have been going on about BYU’s depth chart, and as our own Jared Lloyd pointed out, most offenses use lots of players in different formations so it’s a bit overblown.

I wonder, though, about the value to the players in being named a starter. It means the coaches compared everyone at your position and they trust you the most to do what is required. Yet I’m sure the coaches are telling choice No. 2 and choice No. 3, “Be ready. You’re going to play and we need you.”

With the pace at which the college game is played, you’d better have more than 11 guys on offense and 11 guys on defense ready to play, anyway.

Spike it: I attended the BYU women’s volleyball Blue and White Match on Saturday, along with a few hundred Cougar fans at the Smith Fieldhouse. I wanted to point out that Nebraska sold -- that’s right SOLD -- 5,100 tickets to its Red-White scrimmage, and more than 6,000 attended.

I know I’m not going to convince the typical BYU football fan that women’s sports are worth his precious entertainment dollar if they don’t already feel that way. I will say that the Cougars, ranked No. 9 in the preseason, are pretty talented and have an enormous matchup with No. 4 Washington in the Fieldhouse on Sept. 5.

There will be tickets available if you want to be part of what could be a special sports evening.

That’s all I got, except for this: When you’re watching BYU at UConn on Friday and the Cougars get flagged for holding for the tenth time, stay calm and remember the words of former New Orleans Saints general manager Jim Fink: “I’m not allowed to comment on lousy officiating.”

Happy College Football Game Week. I got you a whole schedule of games starting Thursday (I recommend Texas A&M at South Carolina) and the fun runs through January.

You're welcome.

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