Leiataua Visiting BYU This Weekend

While he's committed to Stanford, defensive end Uriah Leiataua always dreamed about going to BYU growing up. After making several unofficial visits to BYU, Leiataua was finally offered by his dream school after a scholarship finally opened up. Now the nation's 69th best defensive end according to Scout.com is on campus to see once and for all if his decision to commit to Stanford was the right one

BYU will have to roll out the red carpet for 6-4, 240-pound defensive end Uriah Leiataua and, if you've been following BYU recruiting, that's exactly what they'll do this weekend as 16 recruits will be on campus for an official recruiting visit.

"Well, I'm looking forward to my visit this weekend at BYU," Leiataua said. "I've been out there before but I want to go out there and see if BYU is a place I would want to be. I'm looking forward to being with all the recruits out there and touring the campus and having fun with all the activities and stuff like that."

One of those fun activities will be snowmobiling among other planned activities the coaching staff has in store for the 16 or so recruits that will be on campus.

"I'll be flying out there early in the morning and I don't know what the schedule is going to be, but I know we are going to be doing some snowmobiling and other activities," said Leiataua. "I think some of us will be going [today] while others will be going on Saturday. It should be fun and I'm looking forward to the experience."

Rooming with Leiataua will be another BYU recruit, Isaiah Kaufusi. Kaufusi has not made an official commit public, but plans to do so soon.

"Yeah, I heard that I was going to be roommates with him," said Leiataua. "It should be fun being out there this weekend and I'm looking forward to being around all the guys."

BYU recruited Leiataua early but didn't have a scholarship when Leiataua previously paid an unofficial visit to BYU. However the scholarship situation recently changed and Leiataua was offered despite that fact he committed to Stanford. BYU will have to pull out all the stops to get Leiataua to change his mind.

"Well, I committed to Stanford and so I'm really looking forward to this weekend to see if that is that is the right decision or not," Leiataua said. "I just want to see if BYU is the right place or if I should go to Stanford. It's really going to come down to what I think is best for me but I want to make sure. I wanted to go on an official visit to see if my decision to commit to Stanford is the right one or not. I should know one way or another [by the end of this trip]."

What would BYU need to do to get Leiataua, who is LDS and plans on serving a mission and at one time had BYU at the top of his list, to switch from Stanford to BYU? Well, it's going to come down to a feeling or personal confirmation that BYU is where he needs to be.

"I want to see take a look at the academics and see how the academics will take care of me," Leiataua said. "BYU was always my dream school, and so I want to see if that is still the case or not. It's mostly going to come down to seeing if BYU can change my mind so I can know if this is where I should be. That's what I want to see when I go there this weekend. I want to know if BYU is the right place for me or not. It's mostly going to come down to how I feel. If I feel it's the right place then that's where I'll be."

Being a young man of faith, Leiataua has spent some time on his knees to know the answer to that question. He expects to know the answer while on his official visit to BYU.

"Yeah, I've been praying about it to know the answer on where I should go," Leiataua said. "That's one reason why I want to go on an official visit to BYU is to know if that is where I need to be or not. It will come down to a personal answer on whether or not I should be there. That's kind of what I'm looking for."

Totalbluesports.com will follow up with Leiataua to see if his official visit experience at BYU changed his mind on where he will attend school and play football. Until then stay tuned Cougar fans!


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