Yes Folks, It's Late January

Ah, late January. It's the time of the year to put together those last recruiting pieces, which may not be put in place until the first week of February when athletes ink their letters of intent. As a TBS staff, we're bunkered down and are preparing as much as possible for Letter of Intent Signing Day. Here's the latest wrap up as of January 22.

Uona Kaveinga

No one is garnering as much attention as the top-flight linebacker recruit from Leuzinger High School in Southern California. For all intents and purposes, he is the story until February 6 for Total Blue Sports. So what is the latest?

Through conversations, insights from others, and other interactions, two words can best describe Kaveinga: quiet and private. The kid simply doesn't talk that much. Throughout the recruiting process there have been amazingly few articles put out about him, particularly considering how big of a prospect he is. Kaveinga talks only when he needs to talk. We suspect that we'll only reach him when he does make his final decision.

BYU fans were able to hear from Kaveinga concerning his latest decision, which was to commit to BYU on the heels of his official visit to Provo. While he was still a young man of few words, those words were definite that he had committed to BYU. Since then, he's been pressured big-time by no less than USC, which would be tough for anyone to turn down no matter the circumstances.

All we have on record concerning where Kaveinga stands is the one-word answer given by his father Leu Kaveinga in response to where his son stands at this point: "Undecided." Indeed, Uona has a lot on his plate to think about in the coming weeks and we suspect that February 6 may be the next we hear from him in regards to which school he'll be playing for.

Should Cougar fans be nervous or read into the fact that Kaveinga isn't answering the calls from yours truly? In a word: no. Kaveinga isn't talking to anyone at this time. He's not talking to USC sites, bloggers and other borderline stalkers regarding his decision and where he currently stands.

Good luck to Uona with his decision. It's a lot to think about for a 17-year-old high school student, and my only wish, like with any recruit I cover, is that he makes the best decision for him.

Twenty-four down and two to go….or maybe three or four?

Make no mistake about the fact that determining the number of scholarships available at BYU in any given year is no easy task. With missionaries coming and going and a lot of other players still figuring out if and when they'll be leaving for those missions, allocating scholarships is a very difficult task for the Cougar coaching staff.

Twenty-four athletes are already committed, and in the coming weeks we'll be sure to let you know which of those 24 will be leaving straight for missions and which ones will be taking scholarships up immediately in 2008. Where it stands right now, it's safe to say that the football program has two spots definitely open, with probably three and maybe even four left to fill.

Two of those slots are wide open for Kaveinga and Hamani Stevens. Both recruits look to be waiting to make their decisions until they have to ink their letters of intent, so don't look for these offers to be reallocated.

One of the other offers is being held for Simoni Lawrence, who is still a small possibility despite giving a verbal commit to Minnesota back in October. Lawrence will have his choice between playing safety or running back should he ink with BYU, and he's currently receiving the full-court press from Cougar coaches.

Should Lawrence not commit, look for his scholarship to go to Kedron Paul. Paul is the best friend of Cougar wide receiver commit O'neill Chambers, and has made it well-known that if things work out, he'll sign with BYU.

Magnum Mauga, meanwhile, is out. He made it known publicly Monday that he decommitted from BYU, and from what we're hearing from sources, the de-commit decision was a mutual decision between Mauga and the Cougar coaching staff.

What Mauga's de-commit brings is obviously another open scholarship. While three more scholarships look to be allocated to recruits this year, look for Mauga's spot to go to Andrew Rich if indeed there are four spots available, which isn't clear at this time.

Rich, who spurned offers from the likes of Cal, Boise State and many other Pac-10 schools to walk-on at BYU, is first in line among the walk-ons currently in the program to pick up any available scholarships.

So there you have it. With so many offers already taken up for some time now, we're able to close in on and concentrate on the final two, three or possibly four offers still out there. As a staff we'll be keeping our ears close to the ground to give you the latest until February 6.


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