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East HS OL Johnny Maea is a top-level prospect in the state of Utah and BYU is working to flip the Utah commit

Johnny Maea is a target that BYU has been after for a long time. As of right now he is committed to Utah but that could change. Since the BYU coaching changes, Kalani Sitake and Mike Empey have put on a full court press in hopes of getting him to flip his commitment to BYU.

nnn Johnny Maea grew up a Utah fan and prepped at East High School, just a stones throw from the University of Utah campus. What makes the possibility of him coming to BYU? Total Blue Sports reporter Kacey Robbins went one-on-one with him to have him give BYU and Utah fans the answers.

TBS-What made you commit to Utah over BYU?

Johnny Maea- "I just felt more like home I guess. It was just a different environment when I stepped on the campus."

TBS-What is it that has made you take a closer look at BYU?

Maea-"Just hearing what Kalani [Sitake] is doing up there at BYU got me thinking about everything."

TBS-If you committed to BYU, what would be the reason?

Maea-"If I committed to BYU the reason would be I felt a lot more comfortable there than at [Utah]"

TBS-What has been the best and worst part about the recruiting process?

Maea-"Every part of the recruiting process has been the best. The worst part would have to be choosing the right school cause man its hard (chuckles)."

TBS-A lot has been said about Kalani Sitake being able to relate better to polynesian recruits. Now that the head coach at BYU is Tongan how much does that affect your decision? 

Maea-"Having Coach Sitake there and also Coach Empey [is big]. I don't really know coach Empey but he seems like a coach I would play for if it does come down to it, but being poly it is pretty great having a poly head coach that can relate to you on and off the field. But it doesn't really have a huge effect it does help."

Maea will be at BYU for his official visit the week before National Letter of Intent Day. He will be on campus from January 29-31 along with some of the other top BYU recruits and commits. Stay tuned as Total Blue Sports will have this recruiting battle covered from all angles until Johnny Maea puts pen to paper.


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