Texas athlete to walk-on

Cougar coaches are shoring up and making sure those recruits that have committed remain so as signing day looms ever closer. They are also making an effort to get the remaining undecided few to commit. There are some athletes that will come to BYU as walk-on prospects with the hope of earning a scholarship in this class.

One walk-on prospect for BYU is from Texas powerhouse program Trinity High School, and was named the starting quarterback prior to the 2011 season. Lahi Kautai, a 5-foot-10-inch, 180-pound dual-threat quarterback was selected to lead the Trojan program until he suffered a shoulder injury after four wins.

"I hurt my shoulder at the beginning of the season, and it didn't seem like my accuracy would come back in time to help the offense," Kautai said. "The coaches asked me if there was something else I wanted to do to help contribute to the offense, so they moved me to receiver."

Kautai completed 46-of-83 passes as a junior on a run-based team. He had a modest 666 yards and four touchdowns with four interceptions. Kautai also rushed 48 times for 144 yards and four touchdowns.

Kautai, the younger brother of current BYU linebacker Teu Kautai, had offers elsewhere. However, he has decided to forego those scholarship opportunities to walk-on at BYU in the hopes he can one day earn one.

"He had opportunities to go on scholarship to other smaller schools," said his father Tai. "He wants to go to BYU and try to earn a scholarship. I think it will be good for him to go there and try to earn a scholarship and play with his older brother."

"I've already applied to BYU," said Kautai. "My plan is to basically come up there this year and walk-on the team. That's my plan. The coaches were recruiting me as a slot receiver or a running back, so that's what I'll probably play."

Kautai will enroll at BYU this year and go through the 2012 football season.

"I turn 19 in October, so I'll play one year and then go on my mission," said Kautai. "When I come home I'll have spring camp to get ready for the next season."

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