No phone calls. No advance notice. No nothing.

One of the best kept secrets in college football recruiting will be revealed Wednesday morning on February 5, when consensus All American Ofa Mohetau faxes an official NCAA Letter of Intent (LOI) to the coach and college of his choice.

The coach who receives it won't even know it's coming.

That was a closely guarded plan and strategy Ofa Mohetau said he had not revealed to anyone else - including his immediate family.

In an exclusive interview Sunday with, the 17-year-old Mohetau, possibly the most coveted offensive guard in America, joked: "Man, you're going to poach my secret plan and let everyone know. But that's okay, you can write about it," he chuckled.

Until that moment, only Mohetau will know for certain the destination of that fateful fax.

Until that moment, coaches at BYU, Miami, Texas and Arizona State will be in a state of heightened anticipation, hoping it will be their fax machine that receives the signed letter.

Until that moment, Mohetau is keenly aware the recruiting frenzy, media buzz and rampant fan speculation will rage unabated.

"I don't really like the attention, but I'm going to stick to my plan."

Mohetau returned to Euless, Texas, yesterday afternoon from a "great" two-day recruiting visit to BYU. His parents, Sione and Siva, were there to meet him at the airport.

The Mohetau parents and family then accompanied their two sons (Ofa and Pasa, also an offensive line starter as a sophomore alongside Mohetau) to their annual Trinity High School football banquet.

"I didn't receive any awards, but Ofa was MVP," said Pasa. (The younger Mohetau is also expected to become a major recruiting prize catch in the future. He is almost as tall and as large as his imposing and impressive older brother.)

Asked for his overall impression about his BYU visit, he said: "It was a great trip. It was cool. I really liked the players (recruits and BYU player hosts), especially Manaia (Brown). Man, that guy is hilarious. He may be big, but he has a real good sense of humor. He's cool and I really like him."

He recounted a very humorous early dinner conversation with Brown on Friday, after Brown had injured his shoulder in a snowmobiling accident earlier that afternoon, and asked that it not be published.

Mohetau said it was the funniest moment of his BYU recruiting trip and it further cemented a developing bond between the two. Brown met and played basketball several times with Mohetau in Euless, Texas, over the Christmas/New Year holiday break.

He also noted he felt somewhat uncomfortable at first with some of the other recruits and player hosts because they seemed to regard and treat him differently than the others.

"A lot of them were probably thinking I was too high class to talk to them. It's not like me to be high class at all and I was out to show I'm just like them. I'm a Poly too... and I know what it's like to be a Poly. I'm from Euless and we're just the same as everyone else. Nothing special."

Mohetau was hosted by fellow Tongan Fui Vakapuna, a BYU redshirt freshman running back, who turned out to be his father's "little nephew."

Neither Vakapuna or Mohetau knew of their family relationship and had never met before. "Yeah, we just started talking about family and next thing you know we're related. I asked my Dad about him and his family and he said Fui's my 'little nephew.'"

"Fui's got a lot of energy. Everything that comes out of his mouth is positive. I feel like he's going to give a lot to the (BYU) team in the coming years."

Asked whether he newly-discovered "cousin" encouraged him to come to BYU and block for him as a running back, Mohetau chuckled and said, "No. Fui just said it'll be good if I came here (BYU), but that I'd be good wherever I go."

Asked his thoughts and recollections of conversations or private sessions with head coach Gary Crowton, Mohetau commented "Crowton's a cool guy. I can relate to him. He may be kind of old, but he's got a great sense of humor. Good guy."

He said Crowton also chatted casually with him at dinner at Cougar Haven, a mountain cabin on Friday night.

"Coach Crowton asked if I felt comfortable and if everything during my visit was okay. I told him I liked everything, the players and the facilities. He said he was going to give me my space (during the recruiting process), but that they (BYU coaches) would be with me all the way until signing day. I appreciated that."

Of other coaches he met, he said "I like Coach Reynolds. He's a cool guy. Seems like a great player coach."

His favorite is fellow Tongan and BYU defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi, who is spearheading BYU's recruiting efforts to land Mohetau. In various conversations with TBS, he has admitted he has a special relationship with Kaufusi. "Steve's like a big brother. I trust him."

Mohetau said he also got to meet and "hang out" with another top BYU recruit Brian Soi, who has already committed to the Cougars. "I got along real well with Brian. He's also cool."

TBS asked Mohetau whether he would add another school after his scheduled Miami visit next weekend? He responded: "At this point, I'm kinda tired from all the recruiting trips. Miami will probably be my last trip.

What is his selection process before official Letter of Intent day on February 5, 2003? "I'm going to talk to my parents and see what they think. I don't want to give away too much right now about my feelings. I'll see where I feel comfortable the most and make my decision."

And how did his BYU visit compare with previous recruiting trips to Texas and Arizona State? "I'd rank them all the same," he said with a chuckle. He elaborated he did not want to say too much to give away his true feelings and impressions.

Next up is Miami. All four schools he is visiting have all said they will support his mission plans.

Asked what his high school coach Steve Lineweaver says: "He told me I won't make a wrong choice because all these are good schools. He said he wants me to finish up with a degree wherever I go."

OFA MOHETAU'S BYU RECRUITING DIARY - DAY 1 Mohetau left Dallas about 9 a.m. Thursday morning on an American Airlines flight. He was greeted at Salt Lake City airport by coach Steve Kaufusi. They drove around Salt Lake City, saw the Temple and other landmarks and went to get something to eat.

Kaufusi drove him to Provo where he was checked into the Provo Marriott Hotel. He met with Coach Crowton and coach Reynolds at BYU before dinner at the Marriott Center prior to watching the BYU basketball game against UNLV (BYU won and extended its NCAA home court winning streak to 44 games).

Asked whether he heard and acknowledged basketball fans yelling his name: "Yeah, it was kinda neat. I wasn't expecting it. I'm the type of person that doesn't like all this attention."

Afterward, he joined other Polynesian players and recruits at Jake Kuresa and Bristol Olomua's house where they played PlayStation2 and drank kava. "I drink kava, but I didn't feel like any that night." The others who were there included Manaia and Pani (brother) Brown, Kuresa, Olomua, Vakapuna and C.J. Ah You. "I kinda sacked out on the couch and got back to the hotel about 12:30 a.m.

BYU RECRUITING DIARY - DAY 2 After breakfast, they took a tour of the school, met with BYU Professor Olani Durrant from the Engineering School. Mohetau had indicated in previous interviews he plans to pursue a degree in engineering.

"They showed us models of the new facilities. They are going to be great facilities: bigger locker rooms, weight rooms, everything." He said they toured the stadium facilities as well.

Then it was off to Sundance on the Mt. Timpanogos slopes for snowmobiling: "It was my first time snowmobiling. It was probably the fun highlight of the recruiting trip. That's where Manaia got hurt. I hope he's okay."

"Cougar Haven (where they had dinner) is a real nice cabin with great scenery."

After dinner, Mohetau, other recruits and player hosts went to the UVSC dance. "It was good. A lot of people asked if I met my future wife there. I said 'No,' but there were a couple of nice looking girls," he said jokingly. He said he returned to his hotel from the dance about 1 a.m.

He added he also met with some cousins who had moved to Provo from Euless. They were with his older brother Tonga, who was also there visiting family.

On Saturday morning, he had breakfast with coach Kaufusi, said their goodbyes and headed for the airport. He arrived back in Dallas in time to prepare for this football banquet.

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