Ofa Mohetau keeps everyone guessing

The stakes are high. The waiting game continues. And Ofa Mohetau is not saying.

The 17-year-old Tongan-born consensus All American, considered the country's top offensive guard recruit, still plans to wait until February 5 to send his official Letter of Intent (LOI) to either Arizona State University, Brigham Young University, University of Miami or the University of Texas.

"I ask him and he don't say anything. We are all waiting to hear what his decision will be," mother Siva Mohetau told TotalBlueSports.com Wednesday night. She added the family will support Mohetau's decision, whatever it is.

In fact, no one in his immediate family admits to knowing where he will send his LOI next Wednesday, the first day recruits can do so.

His mother noted: "We (parents) are worried because if he choose, he choose only one school and we feel sorry for the others." Meanwhile, two Miami assistant coaches met today with Mohetau and his parents. Yesterday, BYU assistant Steve Kaufusi visited with them and Arizona State coaches met with them last week.

And if you thought comments by his mother would give away her son's leanings, think again.

"They (coaches) still come and try. We don't know which one will be the luckiest." BYU "Steve (Kaufusi) said he wants to make sure Ofa makes the right decision. It was good."

MIAMI The Miami coaches, she noted, "really explain their program. I'm really delighted. It's a private school. They are easy to get along with."

Recalling her son's Miami recruiting visit impressions, she said: "Ofa said he like it because it's not a big school. He said he like looking out over the ocean because it reminds him of the islands." In TBS' last interview with Mohetau before his Miami trip, he said he "caught" his Mom cheering for Miami during the national championship game against Ohio State.

ARIZONA STATE Asked whether Arizona State was still a consideration for her son, she said "Sure. When his cousin went to Arizona (State) last year, Ofa told him he was going to commit to play there too. Ofa likes Arizona (State), the school and the people..." TEXAS About Texas, she simply said "Ofa really enjoy his trip."

Sniffling and attempting to hide a cold or flu obvious in her faltering voice, Siva Mohetau said she was "tired, with red eyes and was ready to take a pill and go to bed."

But not before speaking with motherly pride, love and affection for her sons.

Asked whether the constant telephone calls by coaches and media were bothersome, she said: "No, it's alright. We know it's a blessing. Me and Sione (father) talk about it every night how lucky Ofa is. We never know we coming to a situation where all the people call us because of one of our children."

"Ofa is a shy boy. He don't usually talk. He never gets mad.

"Pasa (youngest of their 10 children who is a starting sophomore offensive guard with Ofa on Trinity High School's football team) is different. He is wild. He shouts all the time. He's mad all the time...good for football. He never scared of anybody."

And amid all this recruiting furor, the Mohetau's have other challenges they face and continue to overcome.

She remarked that son Sione, one year older than Ofa, had postponed his plans to enroll and play football at Dixie College in St. George, Utah, last month.

"He change his mind because my husband might be laid off. He want to stay and help."

She explained that husband Sione, a longtime American Airlines employee, was one of thousands projected to be affected by a significant force reduction at the airline's Dallas headquarters. She said her husband was considering transferring to another station to remain with the airline. Fortunately, she said, his job was not affected.

Another son, Tonga, she added, was getting married in April and was planning to move to Salt Lake City, where his fiance's family live.

Indeed, as the football fortunes and future of her ninth child, Ofa, are vigorously discussed and debated throughout the country, the highs and lows of life continue for Siva and Sione Mohetau - and their close knit family of 10 children.

"We don't bother him (Ofa). He will fast and pray about it (his decision). We support him."

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