Former Ute Commit Switches to Cougars

After originally committing to Utah, Mike Muehlman from American Fork High School, just north of Provo, will now play tight end for the school his family was pulling for all along.

"We're really excited for him," said Mike Muehlman's father Paul. "It's really a dream come true for me as a father. We all love BYU and to have him play in the program we all follow and are fans of is just wonderful for us and for Mike."

Mike originally committed to Utah this past summer, but has remained in constant contact with both Utah and BYU coaches throughout the recruiting process. Decommitting from Utah was tough for Mike according to his father, "The toughest thing for him (Mike) was to tell coach Whittingham that he changed his mind," said Paul. "They handled it with class and wished him well and we'll always be thankful to them for that. I have nothing but respect for Whittingham and his staff up there."

Mike has been a regular at BYU camps, attending both weekly sessions last summer where he showed great hands and other overall skills. Said his father Paul: "Mike isn't the fastest guy, but he catches everything thrown at him. He grew up in a football family and he's very fundamentally sound. He's also a great blocker who can do everything."

Muelhman played both tight end and defensive end for American Fork this past season recording 10 ½ sacks, 73 tackles, 30 catches for 350 yards and 4 touchdowns in what his father termed as a run-first offensive scheme. While capable of playing either positions, BYU will sign Muehlman as a tight end.

Muelhman has definite mission plans and will leave immediately on a mission upon graduation and then enroll and play for BYU when he comes back. Said Paul: "He loves BYU's tradition of great tight ends and is very excited to play that position there. He's learned a lot from Coach Anae over the summer and feels it's a perfect fit."

In other recruiting news, BYU appears to have also secured a verbal commitment from 6'4", 305-pound Kamehameha offensive lineman Walter Kahaiali'i.

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