Mokofisi Follows In Dad's Footsteps

Woods Cross (UT) athlete Filipo Mokofisi is Utah's first commitment for the 2013 class

Woods Cross (UT) athlete Filipo Mokofisi didn't wait long to make his commitment after picking up his first offer, becoming the first verbal pledge to Utah's 2013 class.

"I committed last Thursday. They offered the day before that."

Filipo, who's father has the same name and played for Utah in the 80s, has spent plenty of time around the program and has been a Ute since birth.When asked if Utah was the only place he wanted to go, Mokofisi knew without a doubt that putting on the Ute helment was all he wanted to do.

"Oh yeah, definitely. It feels really good. I've always been dreaming, since I was a little kid, of going to the U and following in my dad's footsteps and hopefully being better than him."

Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham's focus on players getting a degree spoke highly to Mokofisi and ultimately led to his commitment.

"They talked to me about schooling. Coach Whittingham talked to me about the philosophy of getting a degree first and then winning football games. He talked about the campus and everything. I just loved it."

Despite Utah being his only offer, Mokofisi has been hearing from a few other schools.

"I've had a couple of schools of interest, but just Utah has offered so far. I've talked to Oregon State, Nebraska, BYU, and Utah State."

The Utes have big plans fort Mokofisi, and want to turn him into a player in the mold of current outside linebacker/defensive end Trevor Reilly.

"They're bringing me in as a hybrid outside linebacker/ defensive end type. I sorta like defense more. I think I play a lot like Nai Fotu."

Mokofisi sees himself as someone that can be another coach on the field with his leadership and understanding of everyone's assignments.

"I'm a pretty good leader. I try to help my teammates up as much as I can and get them in the right spots."

Now his attention turns to his senior year and bringing other players on board, including good friend and teammate, Sean Barton, who also has an offer from Utah.

"Sean and I are best friends. I've been trying to get him to commit to the U. I've been pushing him to do it, so hopefully he makes the right choice."

The 6-3, 210 pounder, who is LDS, has plans of serving a mission, but will be attending school for a semester first.

"I do have mission plans. I'm going to play one year at Utah and then go on my mission."

Until then, Mokofisi will be a spending a lot of time around the school that he grew up dreaming of attending, including a visit on Utah's Junior Day at the end of March.

"I'll be attending their junior day March 24th."

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