June 11, 2009

Another commitment in the books for BYU

BYU has been one of the hottest teams in recruiting and the hot streak is continuing. Fresh off of receiving commitments from three of the nation's most highly rated players in Zac Stout, Jake Heaps and Ross Apo, another commitment is in, this one from a familiar source.

Teu Kautai, the teammate of Apo, was at BYU this weekend for camp. Following the camp, Kautai was offered a scholarship offer and he didn't need any time to mull it over.

"I committed on the 5th," Kautai said. "It was just a good atmosphere, I liked everything about it, the people up there and the coaching staff. And Ross committed there and Jake Heaps and Zac Stout so I know they'll be good later on so I just committed as soon as they offered."

The decision to commit was hardly a half-baked move by Kautai. This was his third year attending the BYU camp, each year hoping to earn an offer from what was his number one school from the beginning.

"I'd been trying to get an offer for quite a while and they've been recruiting me and when I got there, the coach told me to do my best because the were looking at me specifically," he said. "So I did my best and did what I did and they offered me."

An outside linebacker, Kautai describes himself as a player that loves to hit. However, it is clear he has plenty of athleticism as well. For his Arlington (Texas) Oakridge School, Kautai plays quarterback, wide receiver, running back, linebacker and safety. In fact, the move to linebacker originated in an attempt to earn a BYU offer.

"I played quarterback two years ago at the camp but they started recruiting quarterbacks like Jake Heaps and all that so I just started moving around to different positions trying to see if I could get offered somewhere else."

The move worked and Kautai couldn't be happier now.

"I'm going to major in accounting and I looked it up and their business program is in the top five percent in the country," he said. "I took the tour and everything and it's real nice and I feel like I can be real successful up there."

It also helps to have a friend in Apo to join. BYU may still have more work to do at The Oakridge School. A third teammate, offensive tackle Tayo Fabuluje Jr., also holds a BYU offer along with offers from Arizona, Arkansas, San Diego State, Utah and Tulsa. Apo and Katuai are working to bring one more teammate aboard.

"We're looking to make it a trio," he said.



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