BYU signs top national recruit, players with international experience

Three players who represented to the United States in international tournaments were among players to commit to BYU.

BYU announced Friday that high school seniors Bennett Bird, Evan Chang, Joseph Grosh and Benjamin Patch have each signed a National Letter Intent to play for the Cougars beginning in the 2013 season.

“We are very pleased to continue the tradition of attracting high-quality individuals to our program – the young men that have committed to BYU are of outstanding character, they are dedicated academically, and are volleyball players who are willing to work hard to become great,” BYU head coach Chris McGown said in a statement. “We are excited for their future and ours, and we think they’ll be able to make great contributions in our mission to win championships.”


Patch, a 6-foot-7-inch outside attacker from Provo, Utah, played on the U.S. Boy’s Youth National Team and helped the United States finish in third place at the Youth Pan American Cup and 11th place at the Youth World Championship this summer. Volleyball Magazine also named Patch as one of the top 10 recruits in the nation.

Bird, a 6-foot-5-inch outside attacker from San Diego, played for the United States at the Youth World Championships in beach volleyball this summer. As a junior with his high school team, Bird was a first-team all-conference selection and was named the Palomar League MVP.

Chang, a 6-foot libero from San Francisco, was a member of the U.S. Junior National Team. He also was a four-year starter for his high school team.

Grosh, a 6-foot-7-inch middle attacker from Danville, Calif., played on the USA Volleyball Boy’s Youth A2 Team.

BYU finished the regular season No. 2 in the national rankings. The Cougars, though, were upset at home in the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals and missed a berth to the NCAA Tournament.