BYU offers Jherremya Leuta-Douyere

Servite High School athlete Jherremya Leuta-Douyere was offered a scholarship by Coach Mendenhall following Tuesday's camp. With Leuta-Douyere only attending the camp for two days, he now leaves BYU with his first scholarship offer and is heading home to talk to his parents about potentially committing to the Cougars of BYU.

He had never been to Provo, Utah, and in fact didn't know much about BYU, but when Jherremya Leuta-Douyere came out to BYU with his Servite teammate and close friend Butch Pau'u, his eyes were opened.

"It was a lot of fun and I really liked it," Leuta-Douyere said. "We got to tour the campus out there, and the coaches taught us in a way that I've never been taught before. I really like the kind of coaches they have out here. It was just a fun day.

"The campus is really big and I wasn't expecting it to be as big as it was," Pau'u said. "It's a clean campus and all the buildings are very nice. The people there are nice, humble and soft-spoken. That's what I really liked about the vibe over there. The type of people that go to BYU go there for a different kind of college experience. They go there for the education and to build faith.

"I got the chance to see the campus facilities, and it's very nice and big. The football facilities are very nice and top of the line. We went and checked out the football field at LaVell Edwards Stadium. They had a kid's camp, and so we got to go out and hang out with all the little kids on the field. It was a lot of fun and it was just a great day overall."

During Monday's camp, Coach DuPaix and Coach Poppinga worked Leuta-Douyere extensively. The Cougar coaches got a chance to see who Servite head coach Troy Thomas – whose team lost to De La Salle in the California State Championship last year – feels is one of his more talented, but unknown, football players.

"I think there were a lot of eyes from the coaches looking at me and Butch [Pau'u] at the camp," said Leuta-Douyere. "I think we opened up a lot of eyes out there. I think I did really good and surprised some people.

"I played most of the day at running back and then played some linebacker. I played inside linebacker because the running backs were grouped up with the linebackers. When I was running with the linebackers, I think I was the biggest running back there and Coach DuPaix said I was a 'good-looking kid.'"

Leuta-Douyere comes in at about 6 feet 1 inch and 225 pounds. He's a big, physical player that Coach Thomas takes advantage of quite often as a rush defensive end.

"He's kind of gone under the radar quite a bit," said Coach Thomas. "Jherremya is a great athlete and really is one that I think would fit well with what Coach Mendenhall is looking for in his program. I really think that if he didn't get hurt last year, he would already have many offers on the table for him. He's an absolute stud and a physically gifted player."

As a running back, Leuta-Douyere was grouped up against his linebacker teammate Butch Pau'u, who had been dominating and brushing aside running backs all day. Lined up across each other, it was a classic showdown that caught the attention of camp performers and BYU coaches alike.

"We were grouped up in the same team," Leuta-Douyere said. "We basically had been going up against each other. I hate to say it, but the other kids at the camp got a wakeup call."

After attending BYU's camp on Monday and Tuesday, Leuta-Douyere is heading back home to California. The Cougar coaches saw enough, however, as Leuta-Douyere received a scholarship offer from Coach Mendenhall.

"[Leuta-Douyere] wanted to commit to Coach Mendenhall on the spot, but he was told to go back home and talk to his parents about it first," said Uepi Pau'u, Butch's dad.

Total Blue Sports will have more on the Jherremya Leuta-Douyere offer once the new Cougar prospect becomes available for comment upon his return home.

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