All-Poly Camp Report

TBS made its way to Bountiful High School for the Friday session of the All-Poly Camp. BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall addressed the campers during the morning session, while Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins addressed the group of top high school talent this afternoon.

"I love hearing from Coach Mendenhall anytime I can," said Timpview High's Levi Te'o regarding Bronco Mendenhall's morning address. "He's a great man who speaks the truth. I could listen to that guy all day."

Mendenhall was followed up by Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins, who gave an impassioned speech to the All-Poly campers regarding the need to do their work and get done what they needed to get done in order to reach their goals.

"Yeah, I liked his speech as well," said Levi of Coach Hawkins. "He gets you fired up and ready to go. He makes you want to do better. Coach Mendenhall is obviously the same way. You just want to get up and work and do your best after listening to those guys."

Following Hawkins' speech, the afternoon workout session began. The same group of standouts from Thursday were out there again showing why they're collectively some of the best Polynesian talent nationally.

Manti Te'o again led the charge, heading a defensive unit that included standouts such as V.J. Fehoko, Aulola Tonga, and Liloa Nobriga from Nevada, who recently was offered by UNLV. Indeed, whatever offensive unit that went against Manti Te'o's group had their work cut out for them.

"It was a bit frustrating, to be honest with you," said Levi Te'o, who got a lot of reps against the top defensive squad. "I got some good runs, but man, those guys punish you and make you earn everything. Manti may be my cousin and all, but he doesn't let up one bit when he goes against me and I don't expect him to."

Cougar camp standout Ross Apo wasn't able to participate during the afternoon session due to a hamstring injury, but there was plenty of buzz around camp regarding the performance he put in during the morning session.

Apo's prep teammate Teu Kautai got in some good work, showing a strong and live arm during drills. A couple of local prospects that stood out included Tooele's Jordan Clemente and Ryan Avery from Davis High School.

Clemente is a 6-foot-4-inch, 205-pound athlete-type recruit that was recently offered by Weber State. Local schools such as BYU and Utah are giving the senior-to-be a lot of looks and attention as well.

A few other local standouts included Ricky Heimuli from Brighton and another Heimuli from Bountiful High whose first name we didn't get but will track down tomorrow. Ricky will be a junior this coming year, while Bountiful's Heimuli will enter his sophomore year. Both are sure to become two of the top in-state prospects here soon.

Two players that recently received offers from BYU that were in attendance were Mitch Mathews from Oregon and Gifford Timothy from Delaware. Timothy participated in drills, while Mathews didn't suit up. Mathews will participate in BYU's non-padded camp this coming week.

The All-Poly Camp will conclude Saturday with a full scrimmage, among other planned activities. TBS will be up bright and early to report on what happens and who ends up winning individual camp awards for their efforts.


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