Mulitalo to be a Cougar

As was first reported by Talo Steves on the Total Blue Sports message board, Manu Mulitalo committed to Cougar coaches following an unofficial visit to the school on Tuesday. Following a week camping at BYU, where he got to know the coaching staff, players and the overall environment better, Mulitalo decided that BYU was the place for him.

Manu Mulitalo is a 6-foot-3-inch, 305-pound offensive line prospect from Granger High School in West Valley, Utah. He is the cousin of Ryan Mulitalo, who signed with BYU last February, and Manu stated that Ryan played a part in him committing to BYU.

"Ryan was definitely a factor," said Mulitalo. "He always talked to me real positive about BYU and I like having the opportunity to play with him in college."

Players don't often commit on a family member's recommendations alone. There were obviously other factors that played in Mulitalo's decision. So what was it about BYU that made him want to commit to the Cougar program roughly eight months before signing day?

"Everything," summed up Mulitalo succinctly when asked about what BYU had that he liked most. "It's just the whole thing is great for me: the players, the coaches, the environment. I really like the place a lot and everything about the place."

Mulitalo had other would-be suitors, as at least six other programs offered him before he committed to BYU. He's well aware that other offers may come down the pipeline, but he considers his commitment to BYU to be a solid one.

"I'm playing for BYU, my commitment is firm," reiterated Mulitalo. "I'll look at other schools and listen to them, but I'm going to BYU. BYU is the place for me."

Mulitalo's stock shot up this summer following dominating performances at a USC camp, where he was named as the offensive line MVP. He also made noise at BYU's padded camp and the All-Poly Camp. Mulitalo felt that he performed well at each camp and is grateful for the experiences he had this past summer.

During the BYU padded camp Mulitalo really became familiar with Cougar offensive line coach Mark Weber and cites Weber as a big reason why he committed to BYU.

"I love how he works with you and coaches you," expressed Mulitalo. "He's a real player's coach and he's just the best. What can you say about him? I knew after the camp that he's the type of coach that I wanted. He was definitely a big reason for my commit."

Mulitalo played offensive tackle last season, but will likely play either offensive guard or center while at BYU. On film Mulitalo shows himself as a dominating presence whose strength is getting off the line quickly and getting a big push up the field on running plays.

Mulitalo also grew to really respect Cougar head coach Bronco Mendenhall after having the opportunity to meet with him several times during the recruiting process.

"Coach Mendenhall is the man," said Mulitalo. "He's just a really good man and obviously a really good coach. He makes you feel good about yourself and he was a big reason for my commit as well."

Mulitalo is LDS and has plans to serve a mission after playing one year for the program.

"I'm just really grateful for BYU to offer me," summed up Mulitalo. "I'm very happy with my decision and I'm excited to get going. Like I said, BYU has everything that I'd want and that is why I committed to them yesterday."


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