Almost three weeks after National Signing Day for football - which actually only begins the period in which schools can sign high school and junior college football prospects -- BYU announced Monday that it has added a defensive lineman to its list of signees.
Tomasi Laulile, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound senior at Westlake High in Westlake Village, Calif., has signed a national letter of intent to play for BYU. Laulile began his high school career at Palmdale High in California.
He totaled 52 tackles and 10 sacks last season.
"He is a talented football player who has worked hard to put himself in this position. We look forward to having him be part of our program," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said in a school news release.
Laulile is from Thousand Oaks, Calif., and is the fourth defensive lineman in this year's signing class. He also had offers from Fresno State, UNLV and Ohio, according to several recruiting websites.
Not long after Signing Day -- perhaps even before Feb. 6 -- BYU coaches were working on recruits for the class of 2014 -- players who will be seniors next fall.
They have already received four commitments from members of that class, the latest one being Trey Dye, a 5-11, 175-pound wide receiver from Cooper High in Cooper, Texas, near Abilene. Trey Dye is the son of former BYU kick returner and receiver James Dye.
Trey played all over the field as a junior -- running back, receiver, defensive back and kick returner.
The Dye family moved from Utah County to Texas prior to his freshman season.
Last week, BYU coaches got a commitment from Zac Dawe, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound lineman from Pleasant Grove High in Utah. Dawe, a junior, recently won the Class 5A state heavyweight wrestling championship. His brother, Parker Dawe, is joining the BYU football team this fall as a walk on.
Previously, BYU had received commitments from Isaiah Nacua, a 255-pound defensive end from Las Vegas and Neil Pau'u, a quarterback from Anaheim, Calif., meaning that four scholarships in 2014 are already spoken for. Nacua and Pau'u committed last June.
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