Following football recruits is one thing, but following basketball recruits is something else entirely.
Usually, the first time I hear about a BYU basketball recruit is when they're suiting up for their first game. Recruiting in the basketball world is just different that way.
Tyler Haws, however, is another story. As far as b-ball recruits go, he is playing a different game. He is probably one of the most sought-after recruits in Utah basketball history, and Haws made it official last night: He will be a BYU Cougar.
After narrowing his choices down to Stanford and BYU, Haws followed his father and former-Cougar Marty's footsteps into the green pastures of Brigham Young. Rumor has it coach Dave Rose started ringing the Victory Bell in wild fury when he got the news.
Personally, I don't know much about Haws. I haven't ever even seen him play. I do trust our local media, though, and here's what they have to say about the commitment:
Haws is "one of the most highly recruited high school basketball players in state history" --SL Tribune
"BYU coaches are celebrating" the commitment --SL Tribune
"Tyler Haws is the complete package" --Deseret News
Coach Dave Rose landing Haws is a "significant feather" in his in-state recruiting cap. --Greg Wrubell, KSL
Coaches "were constantly working" on Haws' recruitment --Greg Wrubell, KSL
BYU "landed a big one" --Provo Daily Herald
I encourage you to read these stories if you're really interested in Haws and the recruiting process. Needless to say, this is a big deal for BYU and coach Dave Rose. Haws reportedly was drawing interest from nearly every big time basketball program in the nation, including Gonzaga, Duke, Wake Forest, Marquette and others.
Good job coach Rose for going after one of the state's best and doing it with gusto. And congratulations Tyler for making a very good choice in BYU. I'm sure you won't regret it.