Oakridge Commits Shine

Oakridge High School is a small private school that gets scant attendance as a result, but that certainly wasn't the case Friday night as hundreds of BYU fans in town to see the Oklahoma game showed up. The reason they showed up was to support Cougar commits Ross Apo, Tayo Fabuluje and Teu Kautai, who all shined as Oakridge romped over Sunnyvale High School.

"It felt great, it feels like I'm already there," said Teu Kautai regarding all the BYU fan support that came out to watch him play. "It was overwhelming and it really felt good to know that they support me, Ross and Tayo. BYU fans are great."

BYU fans did show up in earnest, displaying all sorts of Cougar gear and blankets hung over the fence. They also cheered every time one of the three future Cougars were mentioned. The PA announcer played along,, pointing out that each of the three were committed to BYU and thanking the BYU fans for being out there to support the team.

"I knew there were going to be a lot of fans here, but yeah, it was great," said Ross Apo. "I heard from a lot of people that they were going to come out here, but I loved it. It really feels good to know that they support us."

Each of the Oakridge three played a variety of roles for their team on both sides of the football. Ross Apo played wide receiver and cornerback and also returned kicks. He contributed at each of those, returning a punt for a touchdown, catching a touchdown pass and recording an interception that was returned for about 40 yards.

"I feel that I can score and that I should score every time I touch the ball," he said. "I wish I got some more touches tonight, but I'm happy with what I did. I feel I put on a good show for the fans that came out to see me."

Teu Kautai meanwhile played inside linebacker, slot receiver, tailback and even a little tailback for the Oakridge Owls. He mentioned to TBS earlier that he'd been working very hard on his speed, and he showed the results as he outran the defense for a 76-yard touchdown run.

"I'm getting faster for sure," he said. "That run was nice and I'm happy I scored, but I still feel I could get a lot faster and will get faster by the time I get to BYU."

Tayo Fabuluje meanwhile was slowed a bit by a foot injury that limited his reps on the defensive side of the football. He did show great potential, moving extremely well for a player of his size.

Another player that caught our eye was a sophomore by the name of Thomas Johnson. Although his height and weight weren't listed, he appeared to be about 6 feet 1 inch and 190 pounds. Johnson took the majority of the snaps at quarterback. He also played safety, showing a great nose for the football and great closing speed.

"He's going to be better than me by the time he's done, I'm being serious," said Apo about his sophomore teammate. "He's just barely behind me in all our athletic tests and by the time he's done I'm sure he'll pass me up. He's going to be big-time."

Fabuluje touched some more on Johnson as well as his feelings regarding BYU and the fan support that came out to see him perform.

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