All-Poly Camp Performances

Thursday was the first day of the All-Poly Camp, where football players representing many schools from many different states learned from Division I coaches. Attending the camp were many prospects the Cougar coaches are very much interested in.

On a 90 degree day in Bountiful, Utah, football players from Hawaii, Utah, Texas, Washington, California, Arizona and other states took the field and gathered with their various position coaches. Helping out with the camp were coaches from Boise State, Colorado, Texas A&M, BYU, Utah, Weber State, UTEP, UNLV, New Mexico, Idaho, Snow Junior College and many others Division I and Division II schools.

Currently coaching at Utah, former BYU fullback Kalani Sitaki was there running players through technique drills with linebackers, and fellow assistant coach Jay Hill was doing the same with the defensive backs. Recruiting coordinator and linebacker coach Viliami Tuivai from Boise State was there running drills with his group. Former Cougar player and current Runnin' Rebel Keith Uperesa was there as well.

BYU's coaching staff was well-represented by BYU offensive coordinator Robert Anae, who was busy teaching quarterbacks, and defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi, who was working with the many defensive linemen in attendance. Also there helping with coaching duties was former Cougar running back Mark Atuaia.

BYU fans will be interested to know that Kahuku High School star Shiloah Te'o was in attendance, and was working out with the defensive backs. During camp activities, Shiloah showed camp coaches why Bronco Mendenhall and the Cougar staff offered him a full-ride scholarship to represent their school both on and off the field. Shiloah is not only an outstanding young man, but was simply the best performer both athletically and technically among his group of performers.

Joining Shiloah was his cousin Manti Te'o, from Punohou High School. Only a sophomore, Manti is a man among boys. He reminds one of a smaller version of former BYU defensive end Setema Gali. During a interview, both Shiloah and Manti expressed a desire to serve an LDS mission, and both will be visiting BYU while they are here. Shiloah mentioned that he and Kahuku junior linebacker Paipai Falemalu (6 feet 2 inches, 205 pounds) will be attending next Monday's BYU summer camp.

Speaking of linebackers, Iona Prichard from Bingham High School was working out and looked physically impressive. Apparently, some D-1 schools, including BYU, are taking a serious look at Prichard, who will be playing inside linebacker for the Miner defense next season.

A defensive linemen that Cougar fans are aware of that was in attendance was Faifo Levale from Juno, Alaska. Levale moved well for a big man and it will be interesting to see how well he does during the BYU summer camp that starts next week.

LDS football player Salesi Havili from Trinity High School in Texas was there showing his abilities to the coaches. Apparently, he wowed a few coaches with a combination of athleticism, size and speed. Havili mentioned that he was related to Stanley Havili, who is currently playing at USC.

Also among camp performers was 6-foot-4-inch, 210-pound wide receiver Kendric Moeai. Along with BYU recruit Jake Murphy, Moeai's camp performance stood out among the other wide receivers in his group. Moeai moved well for his size and didn't drop a single pass during the over-the-head catching drills.

After watching Murphy, who has a scholarship offer from BYU, run through wide receiver drills, it was apparent that the Cougar coaching staff has great foresight. Murphy is one impressive athlete that moves effortlessly for his size. His camp performance stood out above the rest, and already physically looks as though he is a D-I performer.

Totalbluesports will be at the camp on Friday to watch, film and further evaluate camp participants for reports. Look for future interviews from BYU recruits participating in the All-Poly Camp.

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