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COUGS TO SIGN 2 INSTATERS; MAY REEL IN BIG-FISH BURGESS

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Brighton High's Morgan Smith and Dan Howard of Davis will attend BYU and play basketball for the Cougars.

Other big-time catches, like 6-10 Chris Burgess - the No. 1 high school player in the country according to numerous publications - may be soon reeled in by BYU coach Roger Reid as well.Today is the first day high school seniors can sign college letters of intent.

Smith, the Deseret News 5A Most Valuable Player last season for the Bengals, verbally committed to the Cougars in August.

Smith said Tuesday night that he plans to actually put ink to paper and sign with BYU during a family gathering on Sunday. He averaged 18.2 points and six boards while leading Brighton to the state title as a junior.

Howard, a 7-footer, missed all of last season with a broken leg. He announced Monday that he will attend BYU after being recruited by Utah, Utah State and others. He will likely go on an LDS Church mission before enrolling at the Y.

Burgess, from Woodbridge High in Irvine, Calif., has been recruited by nearly every big-name school in the country. He took official trips to BYU, Kentucky, Duke and UCLA, but has reportedly narrowed his choices to BYU and Duke.

"Chris always plays hard, has great hands, can knock down the three and finish on the break with a monster dunk," according to Blue Chip Illustrated magazine.

Burgess, who was named the top player at the week-long Nike summer all-star camp, is a member of the LDS Church.

His family used to live in Orem and he has several aunts and uncles living in Utah. His older sister Angela, a 6-4 junior college basketball player, has committed to play next year for the BYU women's team and his older brother Ben is presently serving an LDS mission to Guatemala.

Burgess' family told the Deseret News that he will announce his decision next Monday in an assembly/press conference at his high school.

Two other highly-touted big men - Mekeli Wesley from Provo and Brighton newcomer Jon Carlisle - have BYU on their short lists. Wesley, a 6-9 center, is deciding between BYU, Colorado State and Hawaii.

Carlisle, a 6-10 center from Washington state who moved to Sandy this summer, has a final four of BYU, Stanford, Utah, and Arizona.

"I'm trying to talk him into going to BYU with me," said high school teammate Smith of Carlisle.

Brighton coach Jim Jimas said Carlisle, a 3.9 GPA honor student, is attracted to Stanford because of its high academic standards and national reputation.