It’s time we had a chat.
Last season was tough for BYU fans – we lost straight out of the gate to our rival Utah, had a midseason plunder against Toledo, and had an embarrassing loss to Hawaii in the Hawaii bowl to cap off the season.
Don’t get me wrong, we had some good times last season: the Tennessee win, the
USC win, and the fact that the defense really showed up and played great all year; I’ll give you credit for those. But I have some serious thoughts about recruiting.
Now hear me out for a minute. I get entering the transfer portal can be filled with uncertainty – especially in college football. Moving towns, conferences, and even across the country can be a scary situation for anyone, let alone a 20 year old kid. However, the transfer portal is a beautiful thing and should be embraced by many Division One programs, one of those programs being right here at BYU. Transferring to a place like BYU has some drawbacks for those looking to make a splash into the spotlight of college football. BYU is independent, and therefore has no chance of playing for a conference title. You also don’t get the best of the best facilities, and, oh yeah, that honor code turns some away.
Here is what you do get from BYU: a well-versed coaching staff, a great fan base, primetime game slots, and the ability to play against top talent and opponents. BYU needs to keep recruiting more 5th year seniors and transfers who played actual roles at other schools.
Ty’son Williams is a great example of talent from a 5th year senior who entered the transfer portal. Ranked no. 11 in the country coming out of high school, Williams was recruited by top schools in the SEC and Big Ten. After redshirting and becoming a complementary back at South Carolina, Williams left for BYU. Before Williams’ injury against Washington that put his career at BYU to an end, he played some of his best football rushing for almost 100 yards against
Need more convincing? How about these notable transfers: Troy Aikmen from Oklahoma to UCLA, Russell Wilson from NC State to Wisconsin, Kyler Murray from Texas Tech to Oklahoma, Joe Burrow from Ohio State to LSU, the list could go on. I get it, sometimes things don’t work out at other schools whether it’s because of bad relationships with coaches or a younger guy taking your job. Any of these situations don’t mean that those players can’t play anymore, they just may need a change of scenery. That’s where the transfer portal comes in.
Where is the benefit for BYU? Well, the Cougars can “try before they buy” so-to-speak. BYU can recruit guys that have real game film already, and can get a good idea of the type of player they are getting.
The Cougs want top talent out of high school, so how can BYU land these guys? Simple: they can’t. The Cougars won’t be landing the number one player in the country. BYU often loses out to teams in a power 5 conference and regionally better schools like Utah, USC, and Oregon, to name a few. But the Cougars can get top tier talent in the portal. BYU needs to be more aggressive than any other team playing a money ball type of game in recruiting by looking at best players available and plunging all of their efforts to obtain them. BYU needs to spend more time getting impact players from the transfer portal than any other
team in Division One football. With a coaching staff that brings another dynamic to the development of young talent, and a not-so-complex offensive and defensive system, BYU can easily incorporate transfer talent to their team.
So, Kalani, I hope you think about it. As it has been proven in the past, transfers are gold for the Cougars and the transfer portal could really open up new worlds for BYU.