The Big Trip Weekend Update

In a year where the Cougars have to settle for quality over quantity, this is the trip weekend where they can get it. Here's what we've heard to date as a few recruits came in Thursday, which is fairly unusual...

"Ofa, Ofa, Ofa..." some of the more astute recruiting fans chanted at last night's BYU basketball game, an 85-77 win over UNLV in an appeal for Ofa Mohetau to sign in a few weeks with the Cougar program.

The 300 pound plus All-World lineman from Texas got a big smile on his face and acknowledged his admirers, which brought a cheer from those students and fans trying to influence his decision over ASU, Miami and Texas.

It's unusual for a recruit to come in on a Thursday, since it means missing a day of school, but Ofa wasn't alone: tight end/defensive end Brett Denney, already committed to BYU, was also along for the ride last night.

The players went to the stadium last night for a walk around and get-together and are being joined today by the other top players tripping in this weekend including Timpview High teammates Brian Soi and Dallas Reynolds, who've also committed.

If BYU fans are hoping the basketball win over UNLV was a good omen, you may not want to get your hopes up too high: last year BYU knocked San Diego State the weekend Haloti Ngata and J.T. Mapu came in for there visit, which included an extravagant luau.

There won't be a luau this year, we're hearing it will be a catered dinner at Gary Crowton's home tomorrow night.

If you're looking for verbals to come from the uncommitted: Ofa, Villi Nauahi and/or R.J. Willing, you'll probably have to wait until at least Sunday morning, the time recruits usually meet one-on-one with Coach Crowton.

However, don't be shocked or dismayed if none of the players commit; each has other trips lined up after this weekend.

One good sign, however, is each of the trio has indicated a desire to serve a mission, which may bode well for the Cougs.

We'll continue to update throughout the weekend so keep checking back to the front page.

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