Recruit Profile: Ricky Leuluai

The state of Utah appears to be fertile recruiting ground for the BYU football team this year. The Cougars have already secured six solid verbal commitments from in-state prospects. recently visited with Ricky Leuluai, another recruit of interest from the Beehive State.

Ricky Leuluai is a 6-1, 220 linebacker recruit from Copper Hills High School in West Jordan, Utah who recently attended BYU's first week of summer camp. Leuluai is receiving quite a bit of attention early on in the recruiting process as he prepares to start his senior campaign this coming year.

"I've been receiving a lot of letters, but most of them come from BYU, Utah, Washington, Arizona, Arizona State and Utah State at this point," said Leuluai. "Washington, BYU, Utah and USU have all been out to see me work out and have talked to my coach, so they all seem pretty interested."

Leuluai played both ways for Copper Hills last season at running back and at linebacker. He feels that linebacker is his best position and where he will most likely play in college. "I had 118 tackles last year and 4 sacks," said Leuluai. "I ran the ball some, but I played mostly on defense. That's where I like to play most and that's what I think I'm best at."

Observers at BYU's summer camp were impressed by Leuluai as he worked out with fellow linebacker recruits Austin Neilson from Arizona, Kyle Maddux from Californiua and Trevor Rielly also from California. He ran a 4.72 forty to go a long with a 33" vertical. "I feel I did pretty good at BYU's camp," said Leuluai. "I can usually run a 4.6, but everyone told me that my time was good for someone of my size."

Leuluai was to attend Utah's camp, but eventually opted against it, deciding that he would only attend BYU's this summer. "I like BYU a lot and if they'd offer me I would strongly consider signing with them," he said. "I like Utah too and all the other schools that are recruiting me right now. I'm just going to wait and see who offers and go from there."

In the meantime Leuluai is fully aware that his performance this coming season will determine largely if he will be offered a scholarship by a division one program. "I just hope to improve and show people that I can play," said Leuluai. "We went 5-5 last year before losing to Skyline in the first round of the playoffs, so I want to do better as a team as well. Hopefully things work out."

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