Pohahau: "Let them know I'm coming"

Back in 2008, Aragon High School senior running back Seta Pohahau committed to play for BYU. After two years of playing junior college ball at San Mateo and then redshirting at Central Methodist University due to a foot injury, Pohahau just couldn't shake the BYU fire that burned within.

As a junior running back at Aragon High School, Seta Pohahau – a cousin of former BYU fullback Manase Tonga – ran for 1,519 yards and scored 23 touchdowns. He was named first-team all-county, league most valuable player, and offensive player of the year.

Pohahau followed up his junior season with an outstanding senior season performance. He would eventually be named the Bay Area Player of the Year after rushing for 1,937 yards and scoring 21 touchdowns. He averaged 10.2 yards per carry and added another 487 yards through the air on only nine receptions. He was to be BYU's future running back, but eventually ended up playing at the junior college level.

"I went there and they wanted me to go to Snow College, but I actually chose not to go there," recalled Pohahau. "I actually chose to go to College of San Mateo, but that's where I went after high school. I played two years at San Mateo."

Following a two-year stint at College of San Mateo, Pohahau accepted a scholarship at Central Methodist University about nine months ago. However, he suffered a foot injury, and will be leaving for California on Friday to have it taken care of.

"I tried playing out here [at Central Methodist University] but realized they're not at the level that I would like to play at," said Pohahau. "I just want to go to BYU, you know what I mean? I just want to go to BYU because I feel that being in Missouri I'm not going to expand and reach my potential. That's why I want to go and walk on at BYU."

Although he's never played a down at BYU, that's where his heart lies. He's never lost the fire to one day be a BYU Cougar, and will give up a scholarship at CMU in an attempt to walk on at BYU.

"I love BYU and I've always loved BYU," he said. "I love [Coach] Doman and he was the one that recruited me back in the days and I never forgot that. He's their offensive coordinator now and I just want to play for BYU because I love BYU. I just have that desire to play there."

Pohahu will have two years to play two upon transferring.

"I'm going to play my junior and senior years at BYU," said Pohahau. "I still have a redshirt year because right now I'm taking a medical redshirt because of my foot injury. The foot injury is a minor thing. I'm going to recover and if BYU wants me to greyshirt, or do whatever, I'm going to do it. I'm going to give it my all for BYU for two straight years, so let them know that I'm coming. I'm coming."

His cousin Manase Tonga was a fan-favorite at BYU, but it is Pohahau's hope and desire to make a name for himself.

"Manase was good, but I'm not trying to follow Manase's footsteps," said Pohahau. "I'm just trying to follow my own footsteps and get there."

Pohahau plans on enrolling at BYU early next year.

"I could come out there now but I still need to finish up with classes out here at CMU," Pohahau said. "I'll for sure be out there in January, so just let everyone know that I'm coming in this January."

However, he's yet to inform any BYU coaches of his decision to leave CMU in an attempt to walk on at BYU.

"No, I haven't reached out to anyone from BYU yet," said Pohahau. "It's going to be a surprise, but I'm coming. I don't want to tell anybody that I'm coming out there, but I will be out there and that's my plan to be out there in January. So, the running backs that are there better be ready because I'm coming. I'm just going to give it my all, you know what I mean? So, let them know that I'm coming."


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