Vaitai Still True Blue

Cougar fans first became familiar with Trinity High School when BYU recruited Ofa Mohetau, the #1 O-line recruit in the nation, from the Euless, Texas powerhouse. Things did not turn our well for the Cougars with Mohetau, but BYU faithful hope that another talented Trinity lineman will fare better in Provo.

Manaaki Vaitai verbally committed to BYU back in April, and the big offense lineman is as committed as ever to the Cougars.

"I can't wait to take my official visit to Provo," Vaitai said. "I plan on taking it at the end of the football season."

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound football player recently helped Trinity begin its defense of its 2005 state title with a win in their season opener 28-19.

"I had a pretty good game," Vaitai said. "I graded out as the best lineman."

When asked if he has been following BYU this season, Vaitai said he caught the tail end of the game against Arizona, but had not heard if they beat Tulsa.

When Vaitai was being recruited to BYU, his cousin Saia Falahola, who plays at Arizona State, was recruiting him to be a Sun Devil. Vaitai was set on becoming a Cougar, so his cousin's overtures were made in vain.

"My cousin called me after the BYU vs. Arizona game," Vaitai said. "He started chanting ASU, ASU, ASU. It was pretty funny."

Vaitai said BYU still keeps in regular contact with him.

"Coach Grimes called me last week and we talked," said Vaitai.

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