The Cougars have gone into the backyard of their biggest rival to land two of their latest football commits.
Thursday, Garrett England of SLC's Skyline High committed to the BYU coaching staff after receiving an offer at the Cougars' camp on Wednesday.
A wide receiver, England is also a starter on Skyline's basketball team. Skyline coach Steve Marlowe said BYU recruited England as a safety.
The 6-3, 185-pound senior was MVP of camps at Utah, Utah State and BYU but BYU was the first school to offer him a scholarship.
Marlowe said England was timed electronically running a 4.5 40 at the Utah elite camp.
"He's got great hands; he catches everything," Marlowe said. "Just a physical specimen, a great-looking athlete."
Marlowe said England did not have great stats as a junior playing for coach Roger DuPaix because he was injured a lot. Also, Skyline primarily runs the football.
DuPaix's son, Joe, is BYU's running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.
England's commitment came on the heels of Wednesday's report in Totalbluesports.com that East High fullback/linebacker Patrick Palau had committed to BYU. Palua, the East product, primarily plays linebacker for the Leopards but will likely be used as a fullback at BYU.
Also Thursday, several outlets reported that BYU received a commitment from Oregon receiver Tanner Shipley. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Shipley played last year at Wilsonville High in Wilsonville, Ore.
Shipley also had offers from Oregon State and Wyoming, according to Scout.com.
BYU now has 18 commitments from members of the Class of 2013. No fewer than 12 of those players have committed this month.
Coach Bronco Mendenhall said in January that BYU would be more selective this summer in handing out scholarship offers, and not press so much for early committments. However, when he was asked about that at BYU's football media day on Wednesday, he said the Cougars are getting a large number of commitments because so many good players are attending their camps this summer.
Shipley is the third commit from the state of Oregon, joining Brayden Kearsley of Aloha High School and Dallin Leavitt of Portland's Central Catholic High.
Keegan Hicks, 6-3, 280 OL from South Jordan, Utah (Bingham High School)
Brayden Kearsley, 6-6, 250 OL from Portland, Ore. (Aloha High School)
Trajan Pili, 6-2, 200 LB from Las Vegas (Centennial High School)
Dallin Leavitt, 5-11, 196 Safety from Portland, Ore. (Central Catholic High School)
Moroni Laulu-Pututau, 6-4, 190, TE from Hyrum, Utah (Mountain Crest High School)
Talon Shumway, 6-3, 190, WR from Highland, Utah (Lone Peak High School)
JonRyheem Peoples, 6-6, 300 OL from Rigby, Idaho (Rigby High School)
Maataua Brown, 6-5, 290, DT from Norwalk, Calif. (Cerritos Junior College)
Kalolo Manumaleuna Utu, 6-2, 250, LB from Compton, Calif. (Compton Junior College)
Nathan DeBeikes, 6-2, 196, LB from Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Thousand Oaks High School)
Johnny Tapasoa, 5-10, 190, Safety from Kahuku, Hawaii (Kahuku High School)
Addison Pulsipher, 6-5, 240, DE from Temecula, Calif. (Temecula Valley High School)
Billy Green, 6-2, 196, QB from Shoreline, Wash. (Christian King's High School)
Hayden Weichers, 6-0, 165 WR from South Jordan, Utah (Bingham High School)
Kai Nacua, 6-2, 200 LB from Las Vegas, Nev. (Liberty High School)
Patrick Palau, 5-11, 240 FB from Salt Lake City, Utah (East High School)
Garrett England, 6-3, 185 WR from Salt Lake City, Utah (Skyline High School)
Tanner Shipley, 6-2, 200 WR from Wilsonville, Ore. (Wilsonville High School)
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