November 18, 2013
2015 commit Dayan Lake is beginning to hear a lot more from Alabama and Oregon
For the 2015 class BYU is off to a good start. Right now they have three commits and of those is CB Dayan Lake. BYU has been in contact with Lake since his freshman year in high school.
"I went to a few camps my freshman year. I was going to go with the sophomore side but the coaches pulled me aside and had me go with the juniors and seniors and I did really well, so after that camp I started to hear from them more
One of the first coaches to talk to me was Coach Howell, he was involved in a lot of the drills I was involved in at the padded camp and I liked how it was face paced and the way he coached and felt really comfortable around him," said Lake.
Lake whose parents met at BYU-Hawaii lived in Africa until the age of five when they moved to Utah. Growing up he did not really lean one way or the other cheering for BYU or Utah. Lucky for BYU they were in contact with him from the beginning and often.
Being a junior, other schools are still learning and finding out about Lake. Though he is committed to BYU, other schools are starting to get involved.
"I get a ton of letters from all sorts of schools; I get the most from Oregon, Alabama and Washington and also from like Wisconsin, Vanderbilt and others. From some of the schools like Alabama, Cal and Vanderbilt I have had letters for me to visit the school and to go to games, but that is a long ways for me to go," said Lake with a laugh.
"I get a letter from Alabama once a week. With Oregon, they send a lot of hand written letters and stuff with my name on it, they have invited me to several camps but I am not sure if they will offer."
With these big schools showing interest and others getting in the mix, how would this affect his commitment to BYU if Alabama and Oregon do offer?
"I don't think it really would it affect me because I'm still gonna go to BYU no matter what, I love the coaches, the atmosphere and excited to be there
I have also built a good relationship with Preston Hadley, he's been a big part of it cause since my freshman and when he was a still a player he was one of the first to come up and talk to me and tell me what life was like at BYU," said Lake.
Another main reason that BYU is so appealing to Lake is the religious affiliation to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. "I want to serve a mission, some people think that is dumb but I think it would be fun and BYU is one school that I know will not have a problem with it. And it's not just because I am Mormon that I like it there, there are a lot of things I like about it."
Because of Lake's age he plans on playing one year at BYU and then going on his two year mission. Lake has been to many of the BYU home games this year and is building friendships with fellow current commits as well as current prospects.
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