Cougs look to have competition for DT

BECAUSE OF DELAYS encountered in receiving the qualification green light, defensive tackle Al Lapuaho is back at Snow College for this season. Instead of 4-to-play-3, he'll have 3-to-play-2 at the next level after this year. And since he's been back in Utah, another Pac-10 school has been ramping up their recruitment of him.

Back when he verballed to Wazzu in July Al Lapuaho (6-3, 295) was sky high on all things crimson, from Paul Wulff and Jody Sears to the town of Pullman, the Poly players at Wazzu and Bill Moos.

But when he wasn't cleared academically, and the days continued to tick by, he decided on a change of course and is back at Snow. He may still make his way to Pullman, but there's competition anew for the Cougs.

"Oregon has come around since I've been back, Oregon has been talking to my coach about me... They haven't (offered). And then Utah State and some other schools," said Lapuaho.

Lapuaho said he's trying to concentrate on school and his season, which begins Saturday, and put recruiting in the rear view mirror for now.

"Since I've been back there have been more options coming around. It will just all depend on at the end of seeing where I feel most comfortable," he said.

Lapuaho last season logged 22 tackles, including 2 for loss and a sack. His father Robert was a defensive tackle at BYU in the '80s. His brother Ului Lapuaho is an incoming offensive lineman (6-7, 285) for the 2011 class at BYU.

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