Utah picked up its 11th commitment for the class of 2012 with a verbal from Corona (CA) Centennial offensive lineman Lio Lafaele.
"I called Coach (Dave) Schramm yesterday on my lunch break because I wanted to confirm that I had my offer and he told me that they were just waiting for me to become a Ute. I had told my parents before that if Utah confirmed their offer to me, I'd commit so I committed on the spot."
Lafaele's interest in Utah stems mostly from a desire to return to the state where he grew up so he can be closer to family.
"Coming back home was the most important thing. I'm from West Jordan and lived there until I moved out to California. My family is from Salt Lake and I wanted to go to a college that is near my loved ones."
With the offensive line an area of importance for the Utes' 2012 class, the commitment of the 6-4, 330 pounder gives Utah a player that is willing to play wherever the coaches want him on the line.
"I'll play wherever they want. Whatever fits and helps the team."
Lafaele is not sure when he'll be taking his official visit to Utah, but won't be looking elsewhere now that he's made his commitment despite receiving interest from Oregon State, Arizona State, and Washington. His focus is on his final year of high school and taking powerhouse Centennial past last year's accomplishments.
"I'm just looking to finish off my senior year by taking our team to a state title. We lost in the state championship last season and I want to win it this year."
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