Corona Centennial (CA) prospect Seleti Fevaleaki has spent considerable time being recruited by Kalani Sitake and he will be a BYU Cougar

The BYU Cougars have landed a verbal commitment from a defensive tackle who was first offered by Utah then Oregon State while Kalani Sitake and Ilaisa Tuiaki coached at those schools. Now the 6-2, 270-pound defensive tackle from Centennial High School in Corona, California will be a BYU Cougar.

The latest to commit to Kalani Sitake and the BYU Cougars is Seleti Fevaleaki. From Corona, California, Fevaleaki verbally committed to BYU during a family home evening where he called up Coach Sitake and let him know of his decision.

"Well, I verbally committed to BYU," said an excited Fevaleaki. "I did it during family home evening a while ago. I told Coach Sitake that I was committing about a week before my official visit. So, yeah, I'm committed to BYU."

Having enjoyed his visit to BYU so much he plans on returning for an unofficial visit come January.

"I plan on coming out to BYU for another visit on January 27 through the 29th," Fevaleaki said. "I want to come back out and check things out again."

A LDS athlete who had been heavily recruited by Boise State and Hawaii, Fevaleaki felt the council of his father was the right one and chose the Cougars of BYU.

"Why I decided to go to BYU was I always thought about BYU," Fevaleaki said. "Ever since I was young I always followed the council of my dad, and he told me that he wasn't going to force me but that he felt that BYU was a good choice for me. When we had family home evening I told everyone that I was committing to BYU. That was when I decided to verbally commit to BYU."

Having recruited Fevaleaki since he was a freshman in high school, Coach Sitake was excited the four year-long process had finally come to a close.

"Coach Sitake was like, 'Finally man! I've been recruiting you since your freshman year,'" recalled Fevaleaki of his recruitment by Coach Sitake. "Now that it's over I feel really good knowing I'm going to play at BYU. I feel great because when I went out there for the visit I loved it."

While on BYU's campus, Fevaleaki discovered that BYU has a reputable graphics design department which companies such as DreamWorks and Pixar regularly hire from.

"What I like about BYU is they have great academics there and a great graphics design department," said Fevaleaki. "They have a lot of graphic design and visual arts there and some of their graduates get hired on to work for companies like DreamWorks and Pixar. Some kids from BYU were hired to work on Kung Fu Panda, and that's something that I never knew about BYU. Besides engineering, graphic arts is something that I'm really interested in."

After inking his name on a National Letter of Intent in February, Fevaleaki will serve a two-year LDS mission. He plans on timing his mission so that when he returns he'll be able to prepare himself for fall camp during the summer.

"I plan on going on my mission right out of high school," he said. "I think I'm filling out my papers this January. That way I can come back for summer workouts and get ready for fall camp when I get back."

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