Utah and BYU land football commitments from a set of twins on same day

Utah and BYU land football commitments from a set of twins on same day

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Utah and BYU land football commitments from a set of twins on same day


The University of Utah currently has three commitments in its Class of 2017. Two of them are twins from Texas’ Gulf Coast. Oh, the Utes weren’t alone in drawing in twins. As it turns out, fierce rival BYU also added a pair of twin brothers, albeit in the Class of 2018.

On Thursday, twins Tristin and Zyon McCollum both committed to Utah, choosing the Utes before any other Division I FBS school had a chance to extend an offer. Hours later, twins Cameron and Nathan Latu agreed to join BYU. Yes, it really happened that quickly.

To say the McCollum twins have a special connection is an understatement. Both play at defensive back, often starting across the field from one another in the Galveston Ball secondary. They also made their college decision together, then announced their joint destination exactly five minutes apart.

While the potential rise of the McCollums in their senior season could bring additional scholarship offers, Utah fans can gain comfort from the fact that the pair clearly intend to keep playing and living together. Their comfort in quickly committing to Utah within days of receiving the offer also speaks to a sense of loyalty which should take them to Salt Lake.

“We’ve been playing football with each other for our whole lives,” Tristin McCollum told the Deseret News. “That was our big dream, was to continue our football progression in the same place. It’s just amazing that we get to achieve our dream.”

Added his brother, Zyon: “As a kid, I always dreamed of playing against schools like Oregon and USC. It’s crazy that in a year, I will actually be on the field with those teams. It’s awesome.”

And, of course, there’s exciting precedent for a pair of twins to form a great defensive back partnership at the collegiate level. Rutgers’ McCourty twins, anyone?

That’s a comparison that should have Utah fans plenty excited.

If you thought Utah was stealing a march on BYU’s recruiting class, hold your horses. As it turns out, the Cougars also earned pledges from a pair of twins, with Olympus High School defensive end and tight end Cameron Latu and his brother Nathan, a linebacker, agreeing to join the Cougars. While the McCollums will be heading to Utah in fall 2017, BYU fans will have to wait another year to see the Utah-native Latus on campus.

Unlike the McCollums, the Latu brothers line up in different parts of the defense. Still, they’re an exciting pair of additions, and a handy way to answer some of the excitement felt by their biggest rivals.


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