Oregon State linebacker looking at BYU

An Oregon State linebacker is in Provo, Utah getting ready to meet with BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall in hopes that he can join the Cougar team. Devin Unga, a returned missionary and cousin of former BYU running back Harvey Unga, will be looking to join BYU come spring as a walk-on before earning a scholarship.

Oregon State outside linebacker Devin Unga is in Provo, Utah right now hoping to get a chance to play football for the Cougars of BYU.

"I'm just going to try and walk-on at BYU if I can," Unga said. "If I can't get on, then I'll try and walk-on some place else. I'm here in Provo now and so I'm going to try and get on at BYU."

Married and just about to have his first child, Unga left Oregon State for family reasons.

"We just moved back to Utah to be closer to my wife's family for when the baby comes," said Unga. "BYU is the closest thing and I'm a member of the Church, so here is where I wanted to be."

Unga admits it was difficult leaving his teammates, coaches and his twin brother Kevin Unga, who is still enrolled at Oregon State.

"Yeah, it was hard to leave Oregon State and it was good out there," Unga said. "The coaches are good, the school was good and the football program was great. It was kind of hard leaving and it's a nice place out there. It was hard to leave my brother, but he understood where I was coming from. I'm sure it's harder for him now that I'm gone."

Devin, along with Kevin, played for Kahuku High School prior to being offered a scholarship by Oregon State and serving an LDS mission. Coming in at about 6 feet 1 inch and 225 pounds, Devin Unga plays outside linebacker and has three years to play two. He hopes to resume his role as an outside linebacker at BYU.

Unga is meeting with BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall on Monday.

"I want to see what [Mendenhall] says about me being able to walk-on at BYU," said Unga. "I'm hoping everything goes well and I can get on for spring camp. I'm pretty sure he doesn't know much about me and hasn't seen any film on me. I was recruited by Pac-10 schools and was offered by a Pac-10 school, so hopefully he'll know that there is some potential there."

Unga is hopeful that everything will work out with BYU.

"I've already spoken to the counselors and missed classes for the winter semester, so if everything goes well than I can walk-on and play during spring camp," Unga said. "I talked to one of the councilors today and he said that I can enroll in the spring and I should be fine then. If everything goes as planned I'll be suited up for spring camp. I'm hoping all goes well."


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