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BYU football recruiting roundup: Cougars get last verbal commitment for Class of 2016, first for 2018 and fourth for 2017

BYU received three new verbal commitments in May, with Lone Peak’s DE/LB Preston Lewis committing this past weekend (Class of 2017) and Riverside City College cornerback Isaiah Armstrong (Class of 2016) and Kahuku Hawaii punter Sekope Lutu Latu (Class of 2018) committing earlier in the month.

Lewis joins his Lone Peak teammate RB Jackson McChesney, becoming the fourth commit for the Class of 2017. He lit up the stat sheet last season with 10 quarterback hurries, three pass deflections, two blocked punts, two forced fumbles, one safety, 14.5 sacks and 30.5 tackles for loss. He received the No. 2 ranked SPARQ score at the Nike Combine held in Los Angeles earlier this spring.

Armstrong comes to Provo after appearing in eight games last season for Riverside City College. He had 19 tackles, five pass breakups, a fumble recovery and three interceptions for Riverside. The year prior he broke his high school’s career and single season records for interceptions with 13. As a junior college transfer, he is immediately eligible to play for the Cougars (Class of 2016).

Sekope Lutu Latu is the first commitment for the Class of 2018. He is a converted rugby player who is now punting for Kahuku High School, which also produced Jackson Kaka (a current tight end), wide receiving brothers Saia and Spencer Hafoka, and current commits Hirkley Latu (2016) and Tausili Fiatoa (2019). He is originally from Tonga and is a work-in-progress with immense potential. Fortunately, BYU has a pretty good track record with converting great athletes from overseas (think Ziggy Ansah, Paul Lasike and Johnny Linehan).

In addition to the three commitments, the BYU coaching staff continued to offer scholarships throughout the month, extending at least 25 additional offers in May. They offered 17 to student athletes from the Class of 2017, four to the Class of 2018, and four to the Class of 2019.

May scholarship offers

Victor Bates, May 27 (3-star WR, 2017)

Chuck Filiaga, May 27 (4-star OT, 2017)

Isaac Freytes, May 24 — Profile (2-star WR/S, 2017)

Donovan Hanna, May 23 (2-star OLB/TE, 2017)

Lorenzo Fauatea, May 21 (2-star DE, 2017)

Mase Funa, May 18 (2-star OLB, 2019)

Keisean Nixon, May 18 (Arizona Western CC, CB, 2017)

Max Williams (2019), May 17 (2-star DB/WR, 2019)

Jeffrey Manning Jr., May 17 (3-star CB, 2017)

Thomas Graham Jr., May 17 (4-star CB, USC decommit, 2017)

Caleb Phillips, May 17 (2-star TE, 2017)

Faatui Tuitele, May 17 (2-star DE/DT, 2019)

Tyler Batty, May 13 (2-star DE, 2017)

John Vaka, May 12 (Diablo CC, OT, 2017)

Paul Maile, May 12 (2-star DE/DT, 2017)

Deommodore Lenoir, May 11 (4-star WR/CB, 2017)

Joshua Moore, May 3 (4-star WR, 2018)

Rahyme Johnson, May 9 (4-star OLB, UCLA de-commit, 2017)

TJ Pledger, May 3 (4-star RB, 2018)

Cade Otton, May 7 (3-star TE/MLB, 2017)

Isaiah Dunn, May 7 (2-star DB, 2017)

Greg Johnson, May 5 (4-star ATH, 2017)

Marcus Johnson, May 5 (2-star DB, 2018)

Aashari Crosswell, May 5 (4-star S, 2018)

Reese Silofau (2019), May 6 (2-star DL/OL, 2019)

BYU now has 72 offers extended to the Class of 2017 with 31 of those going to student athletes from California, 16 from Utah and six from Texas. Six of the 14 four-star recruits have already made a verbal commitment to another school. However, about half of the remaining national recruits have BYU high on their lists and several are planning visits this summer. The coaching staff clearly sees an immediate need in the cornerback position, with five of the 2017 offers going to that position group, including JUCO transfer Keisean Nixon and USC de-commit Thomas Graham Jr.

Tyler Christensen is a teacher, writer, and web designer. He maintains the blog, which centers on BYU recruiting and statistics. Follow him on Twitter @byu_insider.