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2020 BYU Football Defensive Backs: The Good, The Bad, The Ratings

BYU returns an experienced group to the defensive backfield in 2020.

BYU Football returns a a large number of Defensive Backs in 2020. Today, let's take a closer look at the group to understand who is coming, who is returning, and how highly these players were rated as recruits.

Image Note: The visualization excludes unrated players and any player that received a composite score of less than .75. The graphs show the 247 composite score on the y axis and the eligibility on the x axis.

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Returned Missionaries (Number, Name, 247 Composite Score)

NA

Transfers (Number, Name, 247 Composite Score)

NA

Returning Players (Number, Name, 247 Composite Score)

  • 23 Zayne Anderson - 0.8268

  • 43 Chapman Beaird - NA

  • 30 Keenan Ellis - 0.8039

  • 27 Tavita Gagnier - NA

  • 15 Dimitri Gallow - 0.8

  • 22 Ammon Hannemann - 0.8113

  • 11 Isaiah Herron - 0.7953

  • 43 Jared Kapisi - NA

  • 20 Hayden Livingston - NA

  • 16 D'Angelo Mandell - 0.8281

  • 12 Malik Moore - 0.7681

  • 26 Mitchell Price - NA

  • 28 Morgan Pyper - NA

  • 31 Max Tooley - 0.8608

  • 7 George Udo - 0.81

  • 4 Troy Warner - 0.9007

  • 25 Will Watanabe - NA

  • 32 Chris Wilcox - 0.7857

  • 29 Shamon Willis - 0.7575

2020 Signees

  • TBD Micah Harper - 0.8204
  • TBD Jacques Wilson - 0.8000

Other Newcomers

  • 17 Jonathan Baird – NA

  • 15 Caleb Christensen - 0.8227

The Good – As things currently stand, BYU might be as deep at Cornerback in 2020 as they’ve ever been. Four players (Chris Wilcox, Isaiah Herron, D’Angelo Mandell, Shamon Willis) have played significant snaps for the Cougars while three others (Keenan Ellis, George Udo, Dimitri Gallow) have seen limited action.

It’s worth noting that George Udo moved to Free Safety during spring ball. Udo is relatively new to the game of football, but his talent is undeniable. He has the raw athleticism to become a staple on defense for years to come - it's up to the coaching staff to find the position that best suits him.

The Bad – BYU lost two key Defensive Backs, Austin Lee and Dayan Ghanwoloku, to graduation last season. BYU will need multiple guys to step up to fill the massive void left by those two players. Two prime candidates to replace Lee and Ghanwoloku are Troy Warner and Zayne Anderson who both redshirted last season due to injury. Max Tooley moved from Linebacker to Free Safety during spring ball, he’s another name to watch in 2020.

The Ratings – BYU’s ability to land highly-recruited Cornerbacks has slowly improved as the coaching staff has demonstrated their ability to develop guys like Chris Wilcox into very productive players. For example, BYU signed Micah Harper as part of the 2020 recruiting class. Harper turned down 22 offers, including 1 P5 offer, to play for the Cougars. 

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