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Oregon State announced that former Bingham High defensive lineman Baker Pritchard, who signed with BYU before going on an LDS Church mission, has signed with the Beavers.

Mendenhall said he immediately released Pritchard to sign with OSU when the DL approached him a few weeks ago.

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At a glance

BYU signing class

Player Hometown School Pos Ht Wt

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

Son of former BYU kickoff and punt returner James Dye

Kavika Fonua Syracuse, Utah Syracuse H.S. DB 6-0 200

One of state’s best athletes picked BYU over Utah in August

Jaterrius Gulley Hoover, Ala. Hoover H.S. DL 6-3 325

Helped his high school team win back-to-back state titles

Zac Dawe Pleasant Grove, Utah Pleasant Grove H.S. OL 6-4 260

Heavyweight is two-time All-American in wrestling

Matt Bushman Tucson, Ariz. Sabino H.S. TE 6-5 205

Rated as the No. 10 tight end in the West by http://Scout.com

Isaiah Kaufusi Salt Lake City, Utah Brighton H.S. DB 6-2 175

Cousin of BYU star Bronson Kaufusi

Tyler Cook Murrieta, Calif. Vista Murrieta H.S. LB 6-3 220

Three-star linebacker chose BYU over Arizona, others

Jordan Leslie Houston, Texas UTEP WR 6-3 210

Has one year of eligibility remaining, can play right away

Devon Blackmon Fontana, Calif. Riverside City College WR 6-1 185

Jamaal Williams’ former high school teammate

Teancum “Tico” Fuga Huntington Beach, Calif. Edison H.S. DL 6-2 320

Brother of former Cougar great Romney Fuga

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

Will go on a church mission before joining Cougars

Tejan Koroma Allen, Texas Allen H.S. OL 6-0 250

Committed after watching BYU edge Houston at Reliant Stadium

Chandon Herring Gilbert, Ariz. Perry H.S. OL 6-7 260

Also played defensive tackle, recorded 30 tackles

Fred Warner San Marcos, Calif. Mission Hills H.S. LB 6-3 210

Had offers from USC, Washington; Big get for the Cougars

Isaiah Nacua Provo, Utah Timpview H.S. DE 6-2 255

Committed last summer, then again this past week

Sione Takitaki Menifee, Calif. Heritage H.S. DE 6-3 240

Rated the No. 8 defensive end in the West by http://Scout.com

Earl Mariner Topeka, Kan. Washburn Rural H.S. OL 6-4 300

Two-star lineman committed last June after Junior Day

Uriah Leiataua Compton, Calif. Dominguez H.S. DL 6-3 245

Cougars lured him away from early Stanford commitment

Michael Shelton Raleigh, N.C. Wakefield H.S. DB 5-8 170

Graduated early, signed in December, enrolled in January

Nick Kurtz El Cajon, Calif. Grossmont CC WR 6-6 205

Cougars hope mid-year transfer can fill Cody Hoffman’s shoes

BYU’s returning missionaries

Player Hometown School Pos Ht Wt

Austin Heder Pleasant Grove, Utah Pleasant Grove H.S. LB 6-1 241

Va’a Niumatalolo Annapolis, Md. Broadneck H.S. LB 6-1 227

Phillip Amone Orlando, Fla. Dr. Phillips H.S. LB 6-0 230

Troy Hinds Kaysville, Utah Davis H.S. LB 6-0 230

Adam Pulsipher Temecula, Calif. Temecula Valley H.S. LB 6-2 230

Tanner Balderree Sherwood, Ore. Sherwood H.S. DL 6-3 230

Graham Rowley Waialua, Hawaii Waialua H.S. DL 6-4 280

Kesni Tausinga South Jordan, Utah Bingham H.S. DL 6-1 285

Travis Tuiloma Topeka, Kan. Washburn Rural H.S. DL 6-2 320

Steven Richards Sandy, Utah Alta H.S. DL 6-4 240

McCoy Hill Sandy, Utah Jordan H.S. QB 6-5 230

Colby Jorgensen Provo, Utah Timpview H.S. TE 6-7 230

Matt Sumsion Springville, Utah Springville H.S. TE 6-8 215

Corbin Kaufusi Provo, Utah Timpview H.S. OL 6-8 255

Ului Lapuaho West Valley, Utah Hunter H.S. OL 6-7 280

Manu Mulitalo West Valley, Utah Granger H.S. OL 6-2 340

Brian Rawlinson Oologah, Okla. Oologah H.S. OL 6-6 280

Corey Edwards Hurricane, Utah Hurricane H.S. K 5-10 190

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Also, BYU was in the running for Courtland Sutton, a safety from Brenham, Texas, who visited Provo the weekend that the Cougars beat Texas. However, Sutton announced Wednesday morning that he has signed with SMU.

The first future Cougars to get their letters of intent in were Jaterrius Gulley, a defensive lineman from Hoover, Ala., and Trey Dye, a receiver from Abilene, Texas. Dye is the son of former BYU kick and punt returner James Dye. Shortly after their letters arrived, BYU received a letter from one of three Utahns who signed with them Wednesday, Syracuse defensive back Kavika Fonua.

Pleasant Grove defensive lineman Zac Dawe and Matt Bushman, a tight end from Tucson, Ariz., also got their letters in before 8 a.m. MST. Then came a letter from Brighton High’s Isaiah Kaufusi, a receiver and outside linebacker who is the cousin of defensive line starter Bronson Kaufusi.

Then came etters from Austin Chambers, an offensive lineman from Shawnee Mission, Kan., and Teancum "Tico" Fuga, a defensive lineman from Huntington Beach, Calif.

Fuga is the younger brother for former BYU star lineman Romney Fuga.

Tyler Cook, a linebacker from Murrieta, Calif., also joined the fold. Cook shined at Vista Murrieta High School and chose the Cougars over Arizona and others.

More offensive linemen added their names to the list later Wednesday morning, including Tejan Koroma, a 6-foot, 255-pounder from Allen, Texas, and Chandon Herring, a towering 6-7 tackle from Gilbert, Ariz.

Defensive tackle Earl Mariner, a 6-4, 300-pounder from Topeka, Kan., signed just before Leiataua did.


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High schooler Michael Shelton of Raleigh, N.C. (Wakefield H.S) and Kurtz, of El Cajon, Calif., signed with BYU in December and have already enrolled.

Timpview High’s Isaiah Nacua, a defensive end who transferred to the high school in Provo after playing his junior season at Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, also signed with BYU. Nacua, brother of current BYU safety Kai Nacua, committed to BYU a year ago, then re-opened his recruitment when he moved to Utah to play for Timpview.

Mendenhall and Martzen, who appeared at the news conference to answer questions about the class, said they might add a quarterback to class if they find one they believe can help them.

"There might be an additional addition to this class at quarterback, over some point," Mendenhall said. "I really won’t or can’t say any more than that. But I will examine hard whether we want that to happen. If not, we will certainly address it in the fall."

drew@sltrib.com

Twitter: @drewjay



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