Provo Prep LB Getting Plenty of Love from Colleges

A Tongan high school linebacker prospect that lives minutes from BYU's campus is getting plenty of love from Cougar coaches <b>Bronco Mendenhall</b> and <b>Lance Reynolds</b> – as well as a host of other coaches and colleges in Utah and the Pac-10.

Harvey Unga, 6-1, 210 pound running back/linebacker from Timpview High School in Provo, said "Coach Mendenhall talks to me a lot about playing defense, asking me how I like playing linebacker and stuff. I do like defense, but I like offense as well. I play mostly always on offense and just a little bit on defense, but I love hitting people. So I think I'd like playing defense fulltime. I'll just sign with whatever school I like best and go from there."

He confirmed he has "received the most interest from Utah, BYU and Utah State. I've visited with the coaches from all of those schools. I have offers from Utah and Utah State. I think BYU is going to offer me real soon. I hope they do; it would be nice to have that option."

Unga noted he has also received recruiting interest from Stanford, California, Boise State, Arizona State and Oregon. "Of those schools, Oregon interests me the most. My cousin, Haloti Ngata, plays up there and he's always talking to me about going up there to play, so that makes it attractive. He loves it up there and thinks I would to."

Though he received invitations to attend NIKE camps at Stanford and Oregon this summer, he didn't go because of other family commitments. Unga did attend BYU's camp and liked what he saw. "The facilities are just incredible. I really like the coaches there, too. Coach Crowton has to be the most positive coach I've ever been around. He doesn't yell and he's really down to earth." Unga said he ran a 4.5/40 at the camp.

The other Utah school is high on his list is the University of Utah. "I've been up there and I like coach (Urban) Meyer a lot. He's really intense and just an awesome guy. Their facilities are sort of old school, but I like that. They're a program on the rise and I'll definitely look at Utah even more."

Unga is LDS and he admitted his mother is pushing him to attend BYU. "She wants me in a good LDS environment and I sort of want that as well. I sort of want to play out of state right now, but I have a long time to consider all my options."

He said he plans on taking some recruiting trips with fellow Timpview teammates – Matt Reynolds and Luke Ashworth – also being recruited by others colleges. "Yeah, we're going to go on all of our visits together. I don't know if we'll all sign to play with the same school, but that would be great and may be a factor in where I end up signing. I would absolutely love to play with those guys again in college. We're real close."

Timpview quarterback Stephen Covey has already committed to BYU and will like play at defensive back for the Cougars.

Unga added he has definite LDS mission plans, "I'll probably play a year, maybe redshirt, and then leave for a mission. I'm definitely going on a mission. It's something I've always planned on."

When asked what the ultimate deciding factor will be in his decision, Unga said, "I just want to play for a winning program … that is on the rise; where I have coaches that I believe in. Football is the most important thing for me at this point. Of course, I want a good education, but football is the major thing that will make my decision on where I'll sign."

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