BYU Likes Lei

The Cougars have already locked up one player from Rancho Cucamonga High School in defensive back G Pittman, but there is another defensive star from Rancho who has the attention of the BYU coaching staff. recently talked a little recruiting with 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive end prospect Lei Talamaivao.

"I have offers from Utah and Idaho," Lei Talamaivao said. "Colorado and Fresno State will offer once I get my SAT score back."

Talamaivao will take the SAT December 27th and then hope to get the green light from the NCAA clearing house. He has already taken an official visit to Idaho and has an official visit scheduled to Utah for January 13th and one to BYU for January 20th.

The big LDS prospect received letters from BYU over the summer, but did not hear anything from BYU staff until recently when he was contacted by defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi. Talamiavao then called Coach Kaufusi and learned that BYU was very impressed by his highlight tape. Coach Kaufusi told Talamaivao that BYU had no scholarships left to offer, but that could change if any of the current commits fail to qualify.

Talamaivao said his top three are Utah, Fresno State, and BYU. He also said that Utah is his favorite at this point.

"Utah looks really good for me at this point, but watching the Las Vegas bowl between BYU and Oregon really put some thoughts in my head," said Talamaivao, who runs a 4.7 forty. "Oregon was supposed to be the best team but they got spanked. I'm happy for BYU. If BYU offers me a scholarship that will really change things up for me."

Talamaivao also gave his thoughts on BYU recruit G Pittman.

"G is the type of player that can make it to the next level [NFL]," Talamaivao said. "He is so competitive and works so hard at his game. He is a good friend, and I'm glad he is going to BYU. I think BYU will be a perfect fit for him."

Talamaivao hopes to get his SAT score back ASAP so he can get all his options on the table. As of right now, it looks like the stud defensive player will end up at Utah, but if BYU offers then he might go there. Talamaivao said his childhood favorite is USC.

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