Last Thursday, Tevita Ofahengaue - BYU's Director of Recruiting Operations - extended an offer to St. John Bosco High School defensive line prospect Sua'ava Poti following his lunchtime break at school.
"I came back from lunch and was about to go to class, and one of my coaches said a coach from BYU called him and wanted to talk with me," said Poti. "So, I called Coach T [Tevita Ofahengaue] and talked with him, and he was telling me that he watched my film and wanted to offer me a scholarship. I was very blessed."
The offer from the BYU Cougars was one of three that came rolling in all in the space of about two hours, which caught Poti by surprise. It was an exciting day for the sophomore from the Bellflower, California.
"Yeah, I was excited and I was kind of shocked to be honest with you," said Poti. "I was really shocked and happy about it, but everything just kind of all happened all in one day. I got three offers all in one day. My first one was Florida Atlantic, my second one was Fresno State, and then about an hour later I called Coach T from BYU and he offered me."
Later after Poti received his offer he took some time out to research BYU in an effort to learn more on what his scholarship entails.
"I watched a few of their games on T.V. and Coach T talked to me about BYU," said Poti. "A lot of people think that you have to be Mormon to go to BYU but you don't. I was looking BYU up trying to learn more about it. It's a really good school.
"Last year I played the three tech at defensive tackle and a little bit of D-end but mostly tackle," said Poti. "I'm about 6-3, 270-pounds and my strong suit is the run game. I have a pretty good nose for the ball. I'm working a lot on my pass rush this season to try and get to the quarterback more and having more of an ability to reacting to the pass and getting down field more."
The offer from BYU means a lot to Poti, who now knows he can attend and play football for a major academic institution without the expenses of an ordinary college student.
"The offer means a lot because this past year I was behind some crazy good linemen, so I didn't get as much time but I did get my opportunities. This gives me more motivation than I had before and it means a lot not having to have my parents worry about paying for college.
"I was thinking about majoring in environmental science and I definitely want to look into the academic part of the schools. I know football isn't going to last forever so you have to have a backup plan. So, the academic side of college is definitely something I want to look into. I know BYU has really good academics, so this is a big blessing for me."