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The latest on the BYU Cougars’ 2023 recruiting class

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BYU coach Kalani Sitake walks the sidelines prior to a game in Logan on Friday Oct 1, 2021.

BYU football coach Kalani Sitake walks the sidelines prior to a game in Logan on Friday Oct 1, 2021.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Whether it be the middle of the college football season, the dog days of summer or the outset of spring or fall camp, recruiting is an ever present part of college football.

There is really no such thing as an offseason anymore, and for head coach Kalani Sitake and company, finding the next batch of Cougars is always a priority.

Here is a look at BYU’s 2023 recruiting class, with prospects listed alphabetically according to reporting by 247 SportsRivals and the Deseret News.


Ryder Burton

Springville High Ryder Burton throws a pass during 5A football championship game against Lehi at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Springville High School’s Ryder Burton throws a pass during the 5A football championship game against Lehi High School at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. Lehi won 35-6.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

QB — Springville High School

6-foot-2, 180 pounds

★★★ — 247 Sports

★★ — Rivals 

  • Ranked the 12th-best 2023 prospect in Utah and the 61st-best pro-style quarterback prospect in the country.
  • Completed 156 of 243 pass attempts last fall — a 64.2% completion percentage — for 2,300 yards — 14.74 yards per completion — with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
  • Currently has one FBS scholarship offer (from BYU).


Landen Chambers

RB — Fossil Ridge High School (Keller, Texas)

6-feet, 210 pounds

Unrated — 247 Sports

Unrated — Rivals

  • Holds scholarship offers from FBS programs like as Air Force, Colorado State and Navy, along with a host of FCS teams, including soon-to-be FBS program Sam Houston State.
  • Per Max Preps, Rushed for 2,158 yards and 26 touchdowns in the last two years, averaging 126.9 yards. per game.
  • Is rated the 89th-best running back prospect in the country by On3.


Pokaiaua Haunga

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Timpview’s Pokai Haunga (88) and Puna Alatini (48) teases Vave Adolpho (6) after he breaks up a pass against Salem Hills during a 5A football state semifinal game at Cedar Valley High School in Eagle Mountain on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.

Yukai Peng, Deseret News

ATH — Timpview High School (Provo)

5-foot-11, 200 pounds

★★★ — 247 Sports

★★★ — Rivals 

  • Ranked the 11th-best 2023 prospect in Utah and the 85th-best athlete (ATH) in the country.
  • Played on both sides of the ball for the T-Birds in 2021, with most of his damage coming on offense. Had a team-high 35 receptions for 710 yards — 20.29 yards per catch — nine touchdowns and added 141 rushing yards and a score.
  • Holds scholarship offers from four FBS programs: BYU, Nevada, Utah State and Washington State.


Leo Pulalasi

ATH/RB — Lakes High School (Lakewood, Washington)

6-foot-1, 205 pounds

★★★ — 247 Sports

Not rated — Rivals 

  • Ranked the 17th-best 2023 prospect in Washington and the 93rd-best athlete (ATH) in the country.
  • Is capable of playing on both sides of the ball, but has a chance to make the biggest impact on offense, whether at running back, slot or Y receiver, per 247 Sports.
  • Holds scholarship offers from eight FBS and FCS programs: Army, Colorado State, Nevada, Montana, Montana State, Portland State and Weber State.
  • A multi-sport athlete, runs the 100-meter dash and 4-by-4 relay, as well as competing in the shot put, high jump, long jump and triple jump.


Stanley Raass

DL — Skyridge High School (Lehi)

6-foot-1, 290 pounds

★★★ — 247 Sports

★★★ — Rivals 

  • Ranked the 13th-best 2023 prospect in Utah and 110th-best defensive line prospect in the country.
  • Had eight tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2021, according to the Deseret News, and has 31 tackles and four sacks in three seasons.
  • Holds scholarship offers from four FBS programs: BYU, Oregon State, San Diego State and Washington State.


Pierson Watson

LB — Coconino High School (Flagstaff, Arizona)

6-foot-3, 210 pounds

Unrated — 247 Sports

★★ — Rivals

  • Holds offers from five schools, including 3 FBS programs — BYU, Air Force and Nevada.
  • Plays on both sides of the ball, as a linebacker (MLB) on defense, and at wide receiver and fullback on offense.
  • Was offered by BYU on June 15 and committed to the Cougars two weeks later on June 28.
  • A multi-sport athlete, also competes track and field. Runs the 400 meter dash and does the long jump.