BYU Receives Fourth Commit In Two Days

The BYU Cougar coaching staff has received another top LDS commitment. Coach Mendenhall and his Cougar staff secured a commitment from the Bay Area's most valuable offensive player of the year.

After receiving a scholarship offer, Aragon High School star running back Seta Pohahau informed the Cougar coaching staff that he intends on signing a letter of intent to play for BYU.

"I'm really happy right now," Pohahau said. "During last year Coach Doman came by to my high school and told me he wanted me to come out and check out BYU and their camps. I came out my freshman year but I wasn't able to come out the last two years or something like that. Coach Doman said they had already seen my tape and stuff, and they saw some of my games and thought that I did really, really well.

"Coach Reynolds said he was really, really impressed with me. He said that I was really quick and liked how I catch the football. They offered me a scholarship because they like how I play. I just told them that I wanted to commit to them and be a Cougar. When I found out that they were going to offer me a full-ride scholarship, I was really happy. I told them that I would be happy to be a Cougar."

Pohahau committed to BYU so he could be around the type of coaches and players that will guide, mentor and influence him in the right ways.

"I wanted to commit to BYU because I want to be close to the church," Pohahau said. "I grew up in the LDS church and BYU is my church school. I wanted to be around the LDS environment.

"We are happy with his decision to play for BYU," said Seta's father, Seta Pohahau Sr. "There were other schools recruiting him, but this was his decision to commit to BYU.

"He liked it over there at BYU when he went out there. He has been to other places and been around other coaches, but he said he likes it better over there at BYU, so he wanted to commit to the coaches. I'm happy for him and it's an honor. He likes it because he can be close to the church and have good people around him. I wasn't really expecting him to want to commit to BYU so soon, but this was his decision."

Seta Jr. is looking forward to following in the footsteps of some family members.

"I have cousins out there that play for BYU," Seta Jr. said. "My cousin Manase [Tonga] is a fullback and plays with Fui Vakapuna. I'm really happy that BYU offered me a scholarship. When I went to BYU, I felt like I belonged there. I already knew that BYU was the place to be, and when I was there I felt like I learned how to be better.

"It's going to be great going to BYU because I have family members there," Pohahou said. "When I came out to BYU during my freshman year, I stayed with my uncle Lakei Hemuli, who used to play running back during the 80's at BYU. Lakei Hemuli is my dad's close cousin."

"He can now be closer to his cousins [Manase and Matangi Tonga]," Seta Sr. said. "He knows about BYU because of his cousins who play over there."

Another reason why Seta Jr. wanted to play at BYU was because of the Cougar coaching staff.

"Wow, what can I say about Coach Mendenhall?" said Seta Jr. "I can just tell right off the bat when it comes to his program that he is very serious. At other colleges it's just about football. At BYU it's different. The reason why the church made BYU was for the Spirit and for our country and for the world to know about the LDS church. That's what I really like about BYU, and I can tell Coach Mendenhall wants everyone to know more about who we are as a church. He's no joke. If he says he's going to do something, he's going to do it.

"I'm just very excited I have the opportunity to be a part of it. Right now I just have to concentrate on a few things, like getting faster and stronger. That's my goal right now. I'm going to go run and workout and not slack off so I can reach my goals before I come up to BYU.

"I'm doing really well in the classroom and all I have to do is take my ACT, and then after that I should be good. That's another goal that I have…go pass the ACT so I can come up to BYU and be a Cougar."

During his junior year, Seta Jr. used his 4.5 forty speed to run for 1,519 yards and score 23 touchdowns. He was awarded with First Team All-County and Aragon High School's MVP honors.

Recently, the 5-foot-11-inch, 200-pound Seta Jr. beat his old time in the forty.

"He recently ran a 4.43," said Seta Sr. "This was about two weeks ago. His head coach timed him at Aragon High School and he was clocked at a 4.43. It was during his sophomore year that he was timed at a 4.5, but he just finally timed him again about two weeks ago and he ran a 4.43. He did it three times. We think he can get his speed down ever more to around the 4.3 range. We're going to work on that."

"We were doing a test at school for a class called weight training where we did the 185 bench press and the forty," Seta Jr. said. "I ran the forty in 4.43. Right now I bench 295 and my squat is 515. My vertical is 31 inches."

As BYU's newest Cougar commit, Seta Jr. wanted to relay this message to BYU fans all across the country.

"I just want to say go Cougars!" Seta Jr. said.

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