Utah Continues Local Haul

Defensive lineman Pita Tonga commits to the Utes on Saturday

Utah continued their impressive in state recruiting class for 2014 with another local commitment out of defensive lineman Pita Tonga from Highland High.

"Coach Sitake and Tuiaki came to my game last night and then I called them this morning and committed."

Tonga is a Ute legacy having had multiple family members don the Utah uniform.

"My Dad played at Utah, my uncle (Filipo Mokofisi) played there, and my cousin (Filipo Jr.) is there now. My mom also played basketball at Utah. It's always been the dream school for me and all my cousins."

The 6-2, 275 pounder has developed a great relationship with the coaches, which went a long ways towards securing his commitment.

"The coaches are great and Coach Tuiaki is a very good defensive line coach. I really like how he teaches his players and how he uses them."

A future LDS missionary, Pita could end up playing a few different spots on the line, but is ultimately destined to be a rock inside.

"I'll be going on a mission after I graduate and then will be a defensive tackle when I get back. The coaches think I'm a lot like Tenny Palepoi. I'm a good pass rusher and get in the backfield well."

While he may end up checking out a few other schools, Tonga insists that he's a Ute and nothing else.

"I may take some other visits, but it's Utah all the way for me."

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