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BYU football gets two more commitments for 2014, now has seven

The list of BYU football commitments from the class of 2014 grew by two over the weekend as coach Bronco Mendenhall and his staff wrapped up Junior Day activities on Friday.

The latest players who will be high school seniors this fall to commit to BYU are offensive linemen Austin Chambers and Chandon Herring.

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Chambers did not attend Junior Day, but made the commitment via telephone from his home in Shawnee Mission, Kan. He picked the Cougars over an offer from Kansas.

Chambers is 6-foot-5, 285 pounds. He is expected to sign next February, but leave on an LDS Church mission before enrolling. With the LDS Church having changed its missionary age minimum to 18, almost every prospective missionary will now serve before enrolling, Mendenhall said during spring camp.

Chambers has been attending BYU's summer football camps the past two years and was seen as a virtual lock to commit to BYU since receiving an offer last February.

Herring is 6-7, 265 pounds, but not related to former BYU lineman Eli Herring. He was drawing some interest from Air Force. After Friday's Junior Day events, Herring was offered a scholarship and almost immediately accepted it. He also will go on a church mission before enrolling.

The tackle began his prep career at St. John's High School in Arizona, but transferred to Perry High in Gilbert.

High school rising seniors weren't the only participants in Junior Day activities. Nick Kurtz, a 6-6 receiver from Grossmont Junior College also attended the get-together in Provo, and has an offer from BYU.

Former New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker, headed to Denver, created a stir on Twitter on Friday night when he urged Kurtz to bag BYU's recruitment and sign on with Texas Tech, the school Welker attended. Welker tweeted that there were at least 50 reasons why Texas Tech was a better choice than BYU, and he was promptly deluged by tweets from irate BYU fans.

Kurtz caught 49 passes for 697 yards and 10 touchdowns last year as a freshman at Grossmont, and wants to commit to a four-year program before his sophomore season begins at the junior college in California.

Cal has also offered Kurtz, whom BYU coaches believe is the ideal replacement for Cody Hoffman.

Here's the list of seven players from the class of 2014 who have committed to BYU:

Trey Dye, 5-11, 175 WR from Cooper Texas (Cooper H.S.)

Zac Dawe, 6-4, 260 DE from Pleasant Grove, Utah (Pleasant Grove H.S.)

Neil Pauu, 6-3, 190 QB from Anaheim, Calif. (Servite H.S.)

Isaiah Nacau, 6-2, 255 DE from Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman H.S.)

Fred Warner, 6-3, 205 LB from San Marcos, Calif. (Mission Hills H.S.)

Austin Chambers, 6-5, 285 OL from Shawnee Mission, Kan. (Shawnee Mission West H.S.)

Chandon Herring, 6-7, 260 OL from Gilbert, Ariz. (Perry High School)



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