LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 27: Brigham Young Cougars offensive line coach Darrell Funk during a college football game between the BYU Cougars against the USC Trojans on November 27, 2021, at United Airlines Field at The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA . (Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
(Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PROVO, Utah – The current “Quiet Period” on the recruiting trail has been anything for quiet for BYU football. If you’re not familiar with a recruiting “quiet period,” it’s a time where recruits can make in-person visits to campuses around the country.
Since this quiet period opened up on March 1, BYU has been actively getting prospects on campus to check out spring practices. Earlier in the month, BYU hosted five-star quarterback Jaden Rashada, one of the nation’s top recruits, in the 2023 recruiting class.
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BYU didn’t have a five-star on hand to watch Monday’s practice at the Indoor Practice Facility, but they did have a prospect who’s rising up the recruiting rankings.
Ethan Thomason visits BYU Football
That would be offensive tackle Ethan Thomason from Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado. Thomason was on hand to watch BYU’s seventh practice of spring camp on Monday.
According to the industry standard 247Sports Composite ratings, the 6-foot-8, 315-pound Thomason is the country’s number 55 ranked offensive tackle prospect. Including BYU, Thomason holds 15 scholarship offers from Power 5 programs.
BYU offensive line coach Darrell Funk had Thomason right by his side to observe the spring practice session.
A large contingent of high school athletes were in attendance
Thomason was the most notable visitor in Provo on Monday, but he wasn’t the only one. Nearly the entire sideline at the Indoor Practice was filled with recruits or prep athletes who dream of playing college football one day.
Many of the young student-athletes were from local high school football programs here in Utah.
Former Utah running back Ray Stowers (2004-2009) brought his Layton Christian Academy squad to watch BYU in action. After the practice, Stowers posed for a photo with BYU offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick, who he played for during his time with the Utes.
Thomason isn’t done touring the local college football programs. He announced on his social media that he would be making a visit to the University of Utah on Tuesday.
Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.