Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Big Three

Mercifully, the dust has settled on the 2008 football season. All eyes now are fixed on the future, and one day specifically: February 4.

On that day, mere weeks away, thousands of impressionable youth around the country will pledge their football futures to colleges and universities everywhere. Most of these recruits have already publicly committed to their favorite schools, so signing their letter of intent on Feb. 4 will be merely a formality.

Others, though, have kept their decisions to themselves, if they've even made their decisions at all.

This group includes BYU's prized recruits of the 2009 class: Xavier Su'a-Filo, L.T. Filiaga and Manti Te'o (pictured below, L to R).

Su'a-Filo, or "X" as he is known in these parts, is one of the country's best offensive linemen. He lives in Provo and attended BYU's best prep school, Timpview. He has offers from LSU, USC and other top programs around the country.

Te'o is a five-star linebacker from Punahou High School in Hawaii. He is considered by most to be the best HS linebacker in the country, and has been seriously courted by USC, Notre Dame, Stanford and UCLA.

Filiaga is also a linebacker. He is a four-star recruit out of Bingham High here in Utah. He has family ties to both BYU and Utah, and right now it seems to be a head-to-head race between the two.

These three recruits would be a very nice capstone to an already impressive BYU recruiting class. BYU has already secured commitments from some great athletes (like Jray Galea'i, Kyle Van Noy, Craig Bills, Adam Timo, Terry Alleto, etc.), and even if the big three don't end up signing with BYU, I'll still be impressed.

That's why I'm taking a decidedly pessimistic stance concerning our three remaining holdouts. I'm not getting any hopes up for these kids.

I don't think any of them will sign with BYU. I'd like them to--in fact I would do almost anything for it--but I have to be realistic here.

BYU is up against the likes of USC for these recruits. I mean, I personally would choose BYU every single time, but many HS recruits wouldn't.

So that's where I am right now. I'm going to assume we lost all three recruits to bigger programs, and rather than mourn their loss I am going to look forward with great eagerness to the guys who have already committed. And if one of the big three decide that BYU is the right place, it'll make Feb. 4 all the sweeter.

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