BYU Football: Top 3 early targets in 2022 recruiting class

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After a memorable season, BYU football signed the No. 72 recruiting class in the country but could the 2022 class be even better?

Kalani Sitake is coming off his best season as BYU’s head coach, going 11-1 with a Boca Raton Bowl win, finishing No. 11 in the final polls.

The Cougars were aided by the emergence of Zach Wilson who went from an above-average quarterback as a sophomore to a top NFL draft prospect as a junior. He had a career year which catapulted himself to the top-five of most mocks.

Sitake will be tasked with trying to replace that type of talent in 2021 and beyond and after signing the No. 72 class, he’s hoping for a better 2022 cycle.

Which recruits top the list in 2022 for BYU?

Cristian Pilimai
DE San Juan Capistrano (Calif.)

Arguably the top target on the defensive side of the ball for 2022, Cristian Pilimai holds just one offer, according to 247Sports, and it’s from the Cougars. Wisconsin has also shown interest with no offer, but BYU got in early and it looks like he’s a lock for Kalani Sitake.

Pilimai has the frame of a solid FBS defensive end, standing 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds and he’s a little raw, but he does have potential to contribute early on.

If Sitake and the Cougars push for a commitment here, there’s a good chance he’ll be in a BYU uniform in 2022. The ceiling here is high enough where this wouldn’t be a reach and he could become a solid figure on the defensive line for the Cougars.

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