FIRST, THE MONEY $$$:
Some of the biggest news coming out of BYU this week has to do more with BYU's new contract with NIKE than actual on-field performance. Today it was announced that BYU and Nike have agreed on a deal that would keep Nike as the provider of all things apparel, footwear, and equipment through 2025-2026.
I believe fans really love having Nike as the teams' apparel provider and I'm sure the school loves teaming up with Nike again, especially since it is coming with a sizable increase to its annual paycheck. As quoted from BYU's announcement of the contract "the new agreement more than doubles the annual value of the previous Nike agreement and includes annual cash compensation for BYU athletics." Since BYU is a private university and does not shell out info in regards to the money it brings in, we can only speculate as to how much the new deal will be for. I know back in 2012 when Boise signed their deal with Nike they were given $1 million with cash incentives on performance and postseason play, so to speculate I would guess the old deal was similar to Boise's and with that statement today from BYU I would guess they could be looking at nearly $2 million a year with cash incentives as well. Again that is only speculating it could be more or less and as BYU fans we may never truly know exactly how much BYU is receiving from its deals. Whatever it is BYU did a pretty good job negotiating to get double what they were getting.
RECRUITING WRAP UP:
As far as the recruiting trail this week for BYU has been pretty interesting. First off on 3/6 BYU offered a talented O-lineman out of Scottsdale, Az in Cade Bennett. Bennett is a 6-4 OT that has an impressive offer list with teams like ASU, Arizona, Iowa st., Boise St, and others, it's safe to say that he will be highly sought after nationwide. Bennett is a religious young man and I feel like he could fit into the BYU culture, but BYU will have to beat out other schools that don't have as strict of rules, which always seems daunting to fans but I like were BYU sits with Bennett. It will be interesting to see how his relationship with now O-line coach Mateos plays out, if they can get him on campus for a visit, that would be huge.
Next up Josh Wilson, if that name sounds familiar look no further then our current QB1. He is the younger brother of Zach Wilson. BYU tossed the talented in-state Linebacker a scholarship offer on 3/6 and as for the moment it's his only offer but I have a very strong feeling that won't be the case for very long as he is currently hearing from Utah, Utah st., and others. I feel like BYU is standing in a great place and with his family seeing the best of what BYU has to offer he will be able to know exactly what he would get if he were to choose BYU.
BYU also received a Big and I mean BIG DE, Isaiah Perez. Perez is a 6-3 240lb DE out of Othello, WA. Last year at BYU's junior day Perez took home the honor of the D-line MVP. He is extremely strong and has the versatility to play multiple positions (although BYU is recruiting him at DE) he played some FB, RB, OLB, DE, and TE last season. He has an excellent power rush but needs to work on a few things to be a bigger threat on the line. Right now BYU is his biggest offer followed by an offer from Howard Univ. I think Perez stays with BYU for the long haul until signing day.
Today it was made known that South Carolina grad transfer Ty'son Williams was in attendance of today's spring practice. This is great news to hear since BYU is really lacking inexperienced running backs in the program at the moment. Currently, BYU only has 3 scholarship RB's so bringing in an Uber talented running back from the SEC would be very welcomed. Currently I think BYU has a great chance as they have an appealing product of having a young talented O-line, being in a spot to get a lot of carries, and playing a good schedule to showcase his talents. I'd say BYU is in a good spot to land Williams as he is already on campus and was able to see the school and the team practice. Right now he is still hearing from multiple Power 5 teams which could be a problem, but I still like where BYU sits with him. If BYU could land Wiliams he would be an instant contributor for this coming season.
WHO TO KEEP AN EYE ON:
Takeo Kano is a large, bad man. Kano is a 6-3 315Lb O-lineman out of Farmington, Ut. Kano has been talking with plenty of schools as of late but still hasn't landed an offer but I feel like after he gets going to some of these junior day camps or other show casings he will start having to put his phone on do not disturb just so he can get some sleep. I would say that a BYU will likely offer him if some of the other O-line offers don't pan out. Kano currently plays center for his team and I can see an attitude and nastiness similar to current BYU center James Empey. Another thing to keep an eye on with Kano is that he has a class of 2021 brother who is just as talented or better.