PROVO, Utah – It may be just ten weeks before BYU football kicks off the 2022 season, but roster building is still happening.
The Cougars have brought in another cornerback for the upcoming season in Tyler Junior College’s Mory Bamba. Bamba tweeted his commitment to BYU, “1000% All In.”
Mory Bamba’s path to BYU Football
Bamba, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound cornerback originally from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, began his collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for Athletics after graduating in his senior year of high school dealt with injuries. He redshirted with the Titans in 2019.
After a year on a track team, Bamba transitioned to football where he transferred to ASA College in Miami for the 2020 season. This season has been postponed due to COVID-19. Bamba’s freshman year of college football was in the spring of 2021. A season that did not count against his eligibility to play.
He then completed the fall season at ASA College, then transferred to Tyler Junior College in Texas and attended spring training.
Tyler JC has a connection to BYU in head coach Tanner Jacobson. Jacobson is a former defenseman who played for BYU’s current defensive line coaches.
Chance of season 2022
BYU cornerbacks coach Jernaro Gilford has made strengthening cornerback depth a priority, especially after losing Keenan Ellis, Shamon Willis and most recently Isaiah Herron to medical retirement. Bamba fills a need for BYU and can immediately compete for game time this fall.
Since the calendar adjusted to 2022, Gilford has added Korbyn Green, Nathaniel Gillis, Chika Ebunoha, Evan Johnson and Zion Allen from the high school ranks. He also added former Vanderbilt starter Gabe Jeudy-Lally from the transfer portal.
Earlier this week, Bamba made an official visit to BYU’s campus, bringing BYU to the forefront of dual-sport athletes. Prior to his trip to BYU, he had an official visit to the state of Utah.
Bamba has three years of eligibility left in his college career.
He joins a cornerback room with D’Angelo Mandell and Kaleb Hayes at the top of the offseason depth chart. But Gilford said at Media Day that there will be competition for playing time. BYU wants the secondary to be able to play man coverage. With its scale and speed, Bamba gives BYU another opportunity to launch these types of products this fall.
Mitch Harper is a BYU insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE TO) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday 12pm-3pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.