A recruiting weekend for underdogs: Boise State, BYU land top recruits

Chalk one up for the underdogs. Actually, better make that two.In a unique spring weekend where only Miami landed a four-star recruit from among the Power 5 conferences, the two highest rated recruits actually picked western colleges Boise State and BYU.As noted by 247Sports, four star pro-style quarterback Jacob Conover, a Chandler, Ariz. star, picked BYU ahead of scholarship offers from programs in the Pac-12, Big Ten and SEC, among others. The key to Conover’s decision is his religious plans. A devout Mormon, Conover recently decided he will take a two-year mission directly after high school graduation, which will delay his entry to college until the Class of 2021.”I’ve been praying really hard and I received the answer that I’m going on the mission so that’s 100 percent now,” Conover previously told 247 Sports. “I’ve talked with both schools (ASU and BYU) and they’re both willing to hold scholarships so I appreciate that and feel good about it.”While ASU and BYU’s willingness to accommodate Conover’s religious beliefs may have put them in pole position, they were hardly his only options. Clearly, BYU felt like the right fit, regardless of its stature on a national stage relative to some of the largest Power 5 programs.After a�3,077 yards, 32 touchdown junior season – offset by just two interceptions – it’s pretty clear that BYU is getting a special player, whenever he does arrive.

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