By Andrew Gorringe
The Utes picked up a commitment Saturday night from one of the best "sleepers" in the state of Utah, as Timpview HS (Provo, UT) wide receiver Samson Nacua picked up his first offer from the Utes, and quickly accepted that offer.
The feelings and emotions that Nacua felt when he received the news of his offer were overwhelming for him, and the feeling of relief was strong. "My head basically exploded. I fell into tears of joy. I honestly had no idea if this day would ever come." As for why he decided to accept the offer on the spot, that was an eay decision for him. "I decided to commit on the spot, because I love the U. They have a great program and I think I will fit in really well!"
Nacua may be the biggest "diamond in the rough" in the state of Utah, as the 6'2-175lb athlete was one of the best playmaking wide receivers in the state, finishing his senior season with 64 catches for 1,359 yards and 9 TD's. Nacua is long, rangy and has good top end speed. He's excellent at winning jump balls, and routinely made the tough catches look easy.
With those kind of numbers and attributes, one would wonder why more schools weren't striving to bring Nacua in to the fold, and it's something that left reporters and high school football fans scratching their heads.
Academic concerns was the real reason why Nacua's recruitment never took off, but as he has shown on the field with his fiery passion and unrelenting demeanor, Nacua has worked his tail off in the class room and fought for his chance to play college football, and so far, those efforts have paid off. "I'm on track to graduate, and I'm good on qualifying for the NCAA as long as I pass all my classes this year"
As long as Nacua passes all those classes, he will join the University of Utah program in the summer, but he'll be joining the team with the intentions of playing a different position than he did in high school. Per Nacua, the Utah coaching staff intends to play him at safety, where they'll try and take advantage of his long, rangy frame. Though it is a new position for Samson, it's one he's not completely unfamiliar with, as his older brother Kai was one of the region's best free safety's this past season at BYU. "It helps so much (having a brother play safety). He teaches me everything he knows and it helps a lot. I have already started training with Kai, so yeah, I'm ready to play"
At the end of the day, Nacua was just waiting and hoping that one school would give him a fighting chance, someone that would give him the opportunity to prove that he has the ability to play at the next level. After a very thorough scouting process, the University of Utah determined that Nacua was worthy of a spot on their roster, and that's where Nacua will spend the next 4 to 5 years of his life. "It is the biggest relief (to have the recruiting process over). Now I can really focus just on my academics and be ready to go for the U."