Lone Peak football player flips commitment to BYU

Joe Brown had committed to the University of Virginia, but Bronco Mendenhall’s departure could have caused him to choose the Cougars.

A local high school football player who had previously committed to play football out of state changed his mind and will instead play for an in-state school.

Lone Peak senior lineman Joe Brown on Friday announced on Twitter that he committed to play at BYU. A day earlier, he announced that he would reopen his recruitment after previously committing to play for the University of Virginia.

Brown was one of three players from Utah to make commitments to the Cavaliers, citing coach Bronco Mendenhall and his staff’s roots in the state. Mendenhall previously coached at BYU and took several members of his staff with him to Virginia when he took the job in 2016.

The other two players who committed to Virginia were twin brothers Dominique and Marcus McKenzie, who prepped for Pine View High.

It’s likely that Brown decommitted from Virginia because Mendenhall recently announced he was resigning as head coach there. He told The Salt Lake Tribune in October that a big reason he wanted to join the Cavaliers was the coaching staff appeared like it would be at that school for years to come.

It’s unclear what the McKenzie twins will do with their recruitments.