Hunter Sophomore Is One to Watch

With BYU's coaching staff extending offers to high school athletes midway through their junior year, the scouting and evaluation process is beginning earlier than ever. Prospects can help their chances of landing a Cougar scholarship by having a standout sophomore season. A two-way lineman from West Valley City, Utah hopes his sophomore campaign was good enough to get BYU's attention.

There are a few Utah high school sophomores who could receive early scholarship attention next year as juniors and Ryan Mulitalo from West Valley City is one of them.

"I'm 6-3, 285 pounds right now," said Mulitalo. "My bench is 365 and my squat is 365. My clean is 235. I play everywhere on the O-line except for the center position, and pretty much any position on the defensive line. The position I like the best out off all of these is the guard position because I like to pull."

Coaches at Hunter High School generally give deference seniors when doling out playing time, so when a sophomore like Mulitalo sees the field on both sides of the ball, he must be special.

"Last year went pretty good," said Mulitalo. "We went 8-1 and I got sophomore of the year at our school."

Along with a few of his fellow teammates, Mulitalo came up to BYU to say hello to the coaches and to check out what BYU has to offer. Mulitalo was very impressed.

"It was just an overwhelming experience," said Mulitalo. "Just to be there in that atmosphere was very exciting. Coach Steve Kaufusi asked me if I wanted to play offense or defense, and I told him that I would like to play on the defense. We also met Coach Mendenhall and Coach Reynolds and pretty much all the coaches. I think Mendenhall is a good coach and a good defensive coach also. I think he's a great guy who takes care of his players. We gave them our film."

Mulitalo was able to watch a few members of BYU's offense run a passing scrimmage against some of the defensive players.

"It was really disciplined," said Mulitalo. "They were doing some agility stuff and some passing stuff. It was pretty good. I was watching the defensive drills and how they were doing things."

Along with watching some of the Cougars run through a light scrimmage, Mulitalo also toured some of the facilities.

"We walked around the locker room and the weight room," Mulitalo said. "I thought their facilities were pretty big. We went in and also saw the indoor practice facility also."

Mulitalo feels that BYU is a place where LDS athletes can have a positive experience academically, spiritually, and athletically.

"BYU is the all-around place to be," said Mulitalo. "It's just the all-around place to experience everything. If BYU started recruiting me I would be more into it than probably other schools that would offer me."

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