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BYU, Utah State football programs receive commitments


The BYU and Utah State football programs both received commitments for their 2017 classes on Friday.

The Cougars gained a pledge from Texas athlete Tariq Buchanan, while the Aggies got one from Florida quarterback Henry Colombi.

Both announced their commitments via Twitter.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Buchanan attends Elgin High School in the Lone Star State, where he was named to the District 17-5A defensive second team after the 2015 season for his play as a defensive back.

Buchanan was offered a scholarship by the Cougars in early May, his first, and becomes the eighth player to commit to BYU's 2017 class.

He also plays wide receiver.

He was not immediately available for additional comment.

As for Colombi, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound signal caller will move west from the Sunshine State after his prep career at Chaminade-Madonna Preparatory School.

He committed to Utah State after receiving offers from schools such as Arkansas and Iowa State, among others.

"I've grown up in Florida all my life, so I think it's about time I get out of here," he said by phone Friday.

Colombi feels like the Aggies' offense will fit him well, and he's looking forward to competing for playing time early and a Mountain West Conference championship, but he said he chose Utah State over other offers because of the coaching staff in Logan.

"It was tempting (to commit to a Power 5 school), but I didn't feel the love or the family that the coaches have at Utah State, the relationships that I've developed so far," he said.

Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.