Cougars Receive 2011 LB Commitment

Coach Mendenhall and his Cougar staff have already received two verbal commitments for the 2011 recruiting class: Pleasant Grove linebacker Austin Heder and Bingham defensive end/linebacker Baker Pritchard. Now, they can add another linebacker to the 2011 commit list.

As expected, 6-foot-1-inch, 230-pound junior inside linebacker Manoa Pikula, a varsity starter for Bingham High School since his sophomore year, has informed BYU that he will sign his letter of intent to play for the Cougars.

"I knew yesterday that he was going to set up a meeting with Coach Mendenhall today," said Bingham head coach Dave Peck. "So he met with him and committed to Coach Mendenhall at BYU earlier today."

It was highly recognizable last year that Pikula, then a sophomore playing on the varsity team, had a lot of upside to his game given his size, nose for the ball and speed. Now a junior, Pikula continues to improve and impress with his physical play on the football field.

"He's just a junior and so he has another year with us," said Coach Peck. "You know, last year he played fullback on our team and outside backer for us. This really is his first year playing middle linebacker for us and he's doing a great job for us. He's about 6'0" or 6'1", 230 pounds and runs a 4.7 forty, so he'll come up and hit you because he's got both size and seed as a junior player."

Peck had nothing but high praise for Pikula's work ethic in the weight room.

"He was benching 300 pounds and squatting 500 pounds as a sophomore," said Coach Peck. "Manoa does a great job in the weight room and has a lot of upside to him. He's only one of two kids that's going both ways this year for us."

According to Coach Peck, BYU is getting another outstanding football player that will fit the program's recruiting philosophy.

"He's just a great kid both on and off the field," said Peck. "He was offered verbally by BYU as a sophomore and has always been a BYU fan. He's a character kid and a BYU-type all the way."

Total Blue Sports will try and reach Pikula to get his personal comments on his decision to commit to BYU. In the meantime, BYU fans can welcome another fantastic defensive player from the 2011 class into the Cougar fold.

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