Tyler Manoa (Brandon Huffman)

Bruins Watching 2018 Bay Area DL

Nov. 25 -- UCLA is keeping an eye on Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis 2018 defensive tackle Tyler Manoa early despite his commitment to BYU...

Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis 2018 defensive tackle Tyler Manoa (6-4, 290) knew a good fit when he saw it.


Manoa camped at BYU during the summer and the Cougar coaches offered him after their camp.

And Manoa jumped on the offer, committing to the Cougars.

"It was good to be out there in Utah," said Manoa. "The coaches were nice and very welcoming, the team was welcoming and it was the right fit."

Manoa was offered by head coach Kalani Sitake and defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki, the latter primarily recruiting him.

"Coach Tuiaki and Coach Sitake both came at me at the same time and they offered me and I took it," said Manoa.

Manoa was offered by the Cougars as a defensive lineman and thinks he'll end up playing inside in college.

"They offered me as a defensive lineman," said Manoa.  "I think I'll end up inside unless I get a little faster."

Manoa is still getting attention from the in-state Pac-12 schools like CaliforniaUCLA and USC.

"I'm definitely open to hearing from other schools, but I am committed to BYU," said Manoa.  "I'm getting letters from a bunch of schools and I like the Pac-12 schools like Cal, USC and UCLA."

Manoa, though, said he's happy with the Cougars.

"Like I said, I'm open to hearing from schools but my commitment is with BYU," said Manoa.

Manoa finished his junior season with 39 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.

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