Saint Francis High School (CA) defensive lineman Tyler Manoa flew into the state of Utah last week with the idea that he was going to just attend the All Poly Camp feeling that might be the best way to get greater exposure in recruiting. He was planning on attending BYU’s summer camp on a Saturday but found out that there was no camp on that day. So, he headed out to a camp where BYU coaches were in attendance at for a day of competition.
“I wasn’t really intending on coming to the BYU camp,” Manoa said. “I flew in and was getting ready for the All Poly Camp. I was intending on going to a BYU camp Saturday afternoon, but then I found out that there wasn’t a camp at BYU that day. We ended up going to a camp where BYU was at and I just jumped in to compete. After the morning session Coach Sitake and Tuiaki and asked me a few questions. After that they offered me. I’m speechless right now.”
That one decision changed Manoa’s life. Coaches Sitake and Tuiaki instantly recognized Manoa’s talents and extended an offer.
“I was just speechless, man,” said Manoa. “I didn’t know what to do and I was just so happy. It was my first offer and it was from BYU!”
Following his offer from Coach Sitake, Manoa went to lunch with his father and brother. After thinking more about the experience, the thought of committing to Coach Sitake became more and more real to him.
“I went to lunch and really thought about it,” he said. “I talked to my brother and my dad and felt like BYU was the place for me. So, I committed to play for BYU. I went through a workout and then after about an hour I located Coach Sitake and that’s when I told him I was committing.”
The spots for on BYU’s defensive line are filling up with only so many spots left available to athletes who wish to attend BYU in the 2018 recruiting class. This is one reason, among many others, as to why Tyler Manoa felt he should commit now rather than wait.
“I got lucky I guess,” said Manoa with a laugh in his voice. “I’m very happy that I received that offer from Coach Sitake. I feel blessed to have that opportunity. It’s the best place for me to serve a mission and play football. I’m only going to be a junior so I have a lot of time to work hard and grow. Coach Kaufusi told me a lot of stuff that will help me on the field. Now I just have to work harder on and off the field to represent my family, myself, and BYU.”
Manoa is related to current BYU defensive lineman Handsome Tanielu through marriage. He was there with Manoa as he received his scholarship from Coach Sitake.
“I know Handsome Tanielu who plays football at BYU,” Manoa said. “His sister and my brother are married so that’s how I know him. He’s was there with me at the camp. He was there when the coaches offered me a scholarship, so he was there and he was really excited. He was happy for me and has been helping me throughout these two days of camps. I won’t be playing with him because by the time I get there he’ll be gone. I hope to learn more from him because I know he’s going to be a good player for BYU this upcoming season.”
BYU fans can welcome new 2018 BYU defensive line commit Tyler Manoa to the family. He’s a little overwhelmed by the thought that one day he’ll wear the white and blue of BYU.
“Man, I’m just so happy right now I don’t know what else to really say,” said Manoa. “I’m just grateful that I came down and participated on that day. I couldn’t be happier about my decision to commit to play football for BYU. Rise and shout!”