The University of Oregon's firing of head football coach Mark Helfrich has proven to be an immediate gain for BYU.
On Sunday, offensive lineman John Vaka of Diablo Valley College in California announced his commitment to the Cougars as part of their 2017 recruiting class after decommitting from the Ducks on Dec. 6.
He announced his pledge via Instagram.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BN5I2U8FQ7m/?taken-by=_johnvaka&hl=enVaka had announced his decommitment via Twitter.
https://twitter.com/johnvaka_/status/806296545612034048Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 270 pounds, Vaka is a returned LDS missionary (St. Louis, Missouri) who told Scout.com in May that BYU is his dream school.
He held interest from a number of Power 5 programs, among others.
Vaka, who originally hails from Oakland, California, is the 16th player to commit to the Cougars for 2017.
He did not return a message seeking additional comment on his decision.
Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.