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BYU fans who follow football recruiting were aware that Washington State running back Bryant "Squally" Canada and Snow College safety Eric Takenaka were joining the Cougars this winter and would be available to participate in spring camp.
However, in somewhat of a surprise, BYU on Friday announced two other transfers to the football program, along with the names of seven previously signed returning missionaries who will join winter semester and participate in practices in March.
Kamel Greene, a defensive back from WSU and presumably Canada's good friend, and Jackson Kaka, a tight end from New Mexico State who has been on a church mission in New Zealand, are the two other transfers.
The seven returning missionaries are DB Matt Hadley, DB Micah Hannemann, DB Sawyer Powell, MLB Rhett Sandlin, DE Moses Kaumatule, OL Austin Hoyt and WR Josh Weeks.
I asked defensive coordinator Nick Howell in December which of the returning missionaries will be able to help immediately on defense, and he talked about Hadley, Hannemann and Kaumatule.
Of the four transfers, only Canada will have to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules. Canada redshirted at WSU in 2014 due to injury and will have three years to play three at BYU. He averaged 8.8 yards per carry as a senior at Milpitas High near San Jose, Calif., picking up 1,916 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Squally is obviously the heir apparent to Jamaal Williams, who will be a senior this fall.
Greene is a 5-11, 178-pound corner who will have an opportunity to play right away because BYU loses star corner Robertson Daniel to graduation. Michael Davis and Jordan Preator will likely be the No. 1 corners going into spring camp, but one of those guys will have to play a (slightly) different position.
Greene has reported 4.48 speed in the 40-yard dash and grew up in Mountain View, Calif., which is also in the Bay Area and not far from Milpitas. He totaled 77 tackles as a senior at St. Francis High and will be a redshirt sophomore, also with three years to play three but eligible immediately.
Kaka played at New Mexico State in 2011, catching 15 passes for 122 yards (including an 8-yard catch against BYU at LES) before serving an LDS Church mission to New Zealand. Kaka grew up in New Zealand before moving to Hawaii, where he played at Kahuku High, both defensive line and tight end.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder is eligible to play right away and will be a sophomore.
Takenaka's accomplishments at Snow were chronicled in this space last week. He will have three years to play two.