"I really like BYU," said Tonga. "I'm pretty familiar with them and I really like their coaches. They have great facilities and they're definitely a school I'd love to play for."
"I like both of those schools," said Tonga, "I like the coaches a lot at both of those places."
With 4.6 speed, 6-foot-4, 215-pound size, and excellent leaping ability, Tonga proved to be a popular target this summer. Ironically, Tonga was not used at tight end or wide receiver last year playing in the Houston, Texas area. Spring's coaches had him play way out of position at an offensive tackle.
"Some guys got hurt and the coach decided to put me there," said Tonga, "I didn't like it much, but I did it to help the team. I don't want to play tackle again this year."
Tonga appreciated the two offers he received from Rice and Utah, but the scholarship he really wanted never came.
"I thought they were going to offer, and they sort of gave me the idea that they would, but so far I've heard nothing," said Tonga. "It is disappointing since I really like BYU and would love to play for them."
Tonga would likely have received more interest from BYU had he developed physically at a younger age. Division I athletics only became a realistic option for him in the last year.
"Weslee won't tell you this," said Reno Mahe, "but he was just a little short, fat kid growing up. His older brothers and sister were very athletic and tall, but Weslee didn't get that until late. He's still probably even growing a little more."
Tonga experienced a late growth spurt during the last year in which he grew almost a foot. With the added size, came increased notice from college programs.
"I'm grateful for the attention," said Tonga, "Playing football in college is something I'd love to do and having two offers from Rice and Utah is great. I'll wait to see whatever offers come my way and then decide."
Tonga is LDS and has definite mission plans. He will turn 19 the summer after he graduates and will leave immediately on a mission.