After finishing up his senior season at Channel Islands High School in Oxnard, California, Jeremiah Valoaga put a lot of focus on where he was going to play football at the next level.
But while he had drawn the attention of a handful of programs across the West, his official visit to Utah helped seal the deal for the All-County player as he made his final decision.
"I committed to Utah today. Coach Polizzi sounded pretty excited when I told him."
Valoaga caught 57 passes for 787 yards and 8 touchdowns this past season as tight end for Channel Islands earning him All-Pacific View League and All-Ventura County honors at his position as well as defensive lineman of the year honors.
Despite his ability to play multiple positions, Valoaga is coming to Utah prepared to play tight end where he feels he can excel the most.
Jeremiah was hosted by current Ute tight end Westlee Tonga and the two had a great time together.
"Westlee was my host and we hung out with a lot of the recruits that were visiting. We hung out with Moana (Ofahengaue), Brandon (Fanaika), Austin (Lee), and Jake (Jackson). A lot of the guys liked Utah and sounded like they were coming here."
Ultimately it was that friendship and interaction that make the biggest impression on Valoaga.
"What stood out most was the team. They've got a real good family thing going, family chemistry, especially with the coaches."
While on campus the recruits were treated to a whirlwind weekend. Food, snow tubing, and a lot of time with the coaches and players kept recruits like Valoaga busy during their time in Salt Lake City.
"It was nice. Seeing the city and the University, they have a nice campus. They showed me around the Kinesiology department and I thought it was pretty nice. They took us around and the snow was pretty cool too, that was the first time I've ever seen snow I thought it was fun."
Valoaga's commitment ends the recruiting game for him. While Hawaii had been after the tight end heavily over the past few weeks, Jeremiah says his commitment to Utah is final and he won't be looking to take any more visits.
"I had a visit to Hawaii scheduled next weekend, but I committed to Utah today and won't be making that trip. Now that I committed to a school I am done."
Valoaga Finds His Home
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