BYU Catches a Star

The breakneck pace of BYU recruiting continued today with the Cougars securing two more verbal commitments. Earlier this evening, broke the news about Aveni Leung-Wai's decision to play for BYU. Now TBS has news of another commitment. This time it comes from a 6-foot-4, 245-pound Utah product.

BYU's seventeenth commit of the year came from 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end Star Lotulelei. The Bingham High School star will join 6-foot-3, 245-pound Colorado player of the year David Angilau and 6-foot, 275-pound Grossmont College transfer Magnum Mauga on the Cougars' defensive line.

"When I went to BYU it just felt like the place for me because my family has grown up in the Church and BYU is place that has a strong spirit," Lotulelei. "They run their school by the Spirit. I went over there with my parents, and we spoke to Coach Bronco Mendenhall. The way he spoke about the football program, it just seems like the place for me, but I haven't been to Utah yet."

Lotulelei has elected to forgo scholarship offers from the University of Utah, Weber State and UNLV by giving Coach Mendenhall and his staff at BYU a commitment that he will sign a letter of intent to play for BYU next fall.

BYU's newest commit has plans to serve an LDS mission, however he intends to be a representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before embarking on full-time missionary service.

"The [LDS] Church is what the school is based around, so if I go to that school, that's what I'll be representing," said Lotulelei. "I'll be representing the Church and its people."

As a junior bench pressing 315 pounds, cleaning over 250 and squatting over 400 pounds, Lotulelei already has the strength to play a the Division I level. He is the second Bingham Miner commit to BYU. 6-foot-3, 210-pound wide receiver/safety Jordan Pendleton was the first Cougar commit of the class of 2007. Two Bingham juniors-to-be could also end up in BYU blue.

6-foot-5, 215-pound tight end Austin Holt, who could be the top tight end in the west in 2007, and 6-foot-3, 330-pound offensive lineman Derek Tuimauga are both turning heads a combines this summer.

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