The number one cornerback in the state of Nevada has decided to pull the trigger feeling BYU was the right place for him. If his commitment holds true, on signing day next February, Allan Mwata will call BYU his new home for school and football.
“To begin with I just felt BYU was the right place for me,” said Mwata. “All the coaches are very friendly and very, very welcoming. I have a good relationship with the coaches, especially the cornerback and safety coach. I don’t know, I just feel like BYU is the right place for me, and they’ve got something going on up there. They’re on the up and coming and I want to be a part of that.”
His relationship with BYU cornerbacks coach Jernaro Gilford and associate head coach/safeties coach Ed Lamb has been strong since the day Mwata received his first collegiate scholarship offer from BYU.
“The first time I met him, me and Coach Gilford hit it off really well,” said Mwata. “He was always 100 percent honest with me about the whole school and everything. He just talked to me on a friend to friend status aside from being a friend. He was like a mentor to me and gave me his honest opinions about everything.”
Unable to come up to BYU’s campus to commit in person, Mwata was able to use the recent BYU Fan Fest, which was held in Las Vegas, to commit to Kalani Sitake in-person.
“Yeah, I [went] down to the Fan Fest and it was really nice and there were a lot of people there,” said Mwata. “I was able to come down and commit in person to the head coach, offensive coordinator, and to the safeties and cornerback coaches. It was great because they were all there and they were excited about my commitment. They were happy and I was happy about my decision. It was a big day for me.”
The turnout for BYU’s Fan Fest was a big success according to Mwata.
“There were a lot of people there and it was nice to see so many BYU fans in the Las Vegas area,” said Mwata. “It was really nice. There were football players out there signing autographs and a lot fun activities to do. It was just a really nice atmosphere to be around, honestly.”
Mwata also stated that he wanted to get the recruiting process over with so he could focus on his senior season of high school football.
“Honestly I just want to be more focused on the season, and BYU is on the up-side so I want to be a part of that,” said Mwata. “I feel like I can really do something out there at BYU. They were the first to offer me and stuck with me all this way. That’s a lot of love from the coaching staff. Even if I got a bunch more offers BYU will always be in my top three. I committed now but just felt like it was the right place for me.”
Also on-hand to see what was going on at BYU’s Fan Fest was 5-10, 170-pound Liberty High School wide out Cervontez White and 5-10, 170-pound wide receiver Jimmy Telles from Bishop Gorman High School.
“Cervontez White, who is from the same high school as I am, was there,” said Mwata. “He hasn’t been offered or anything but he was one of the recruits that was there. There was Jimmy Telles from Bishop Gorman who was also there, and he was the only really big recruit that I saw there.”
Although Mwata currently plays safety for Liberty he’ll move up closer to the line of scrimmage where he’ll play cornerback in 2017.
“I’m 6-0, 175-pounds,” Mwata said. “Last year I was first team all-league and I had three interceptions and 40 tackles for my junior season. Most of the camps I was in I was playing cornerback and I was more of a man-on-man cornerback with no cushion, so I was always hands on and I like that kind of thing. I’m mostly on an island all by myself.”