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BYU football gains southern Calif. commits Butch Pau'u and Jherremya Leuta-Douyere

Published: Thursday, July 2 2015 10:46 a.m. MDT

Jherremya Leuta-Douyere will play outside linebacker at BYU. (Jherremya Leuta-Douyere) Jherremya Leuta-Douyere will play outside linebacker at BYU. (Jherremya Leuta-Douyere)

Servite High School's Butch Pau'u and Jherremya Leuta-Douyere made a huge impression at BYU's camp last week. Pau'u alreay had his offer in hand from BYU before the camp, and after an impressive performance Leuta-Douyere received his offer from Cougar coaching staff.

Both players from the Anahiem, Calif., school made their commitments to BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall earlier this evening.

"I knew for sure during camp that I wanted to commit, and play at BYU," said the 5-foot-11, 215-pound Pau'u. "BYU really was the only place I saw myself playing at. I loved them before going there for the camp, but after, there was no question in my mind that it's where I needed to be."

Pau'u had received offers from Nebraska, Iowa State, Washington, Oregon State and from Colorado at the time of his commitment to BYU.

Butch Pau'u will leave for a mission upon completion of his first season at BYU. (Butch Pau'u) Butch Pau'u will leave for a mission upon completion of his first season at BYU. (Butch Pau'u)

He said he committed to BYU in large part because of its unique environment.

"There's no other place like BYU," he said. "The feeling you get when you're there, I just want to have that feeling all the time. I'm LDS, and I have mission plans, so I couldn't imagine a better school than BYU for both my football and all of my other goals."

Pau'u was coached by inside linebacker coach Paul Tidwell while at camp, and raved about his future position coach.

"He's a perfect coach in my mind," he said about Tidwell. "He's someone that really cares about you, but he can also be real intense and get after you. I love Coach Tidwell, and I love all the other coaches at BYU."

Leuta-Douyere is a devout catholic, but BYU made a huge impression on him during his campus visit.

Butch Pau'u will play inside linebacker while at BYU. (Butch Pau'u) Butch Pau'u will play inside linebacker while at BYU. (Butch Pau'u)

"I really wasn't knowing what to expect when I drove up there for camp with Butch," he said. "I knew that Butch was very high on BYU, and I just wanted to get offered. When they did offer, I was pleased with that, but the more I was there, the more I wanted to be part of their football program."

Leuta-Douyere cites the friendly atmosphere he encountered while at BYU as a big reason as to why he committed.

"I really felt like it was sort of like home when I was there," said the 6-foot, 220-pound outside linebacker. "I couldn't believe how good everyone made me feel. It's just a real positive environment, and it's a clean environment. My religious beliefs are obviously different, but the standards are the same."

Leuta-Douyere plays both running back and linebacker for Servite, but will play outside linebacker while at BYU. BYU was his first offer, but other schools such as Nebraska, Oregon State and Colorado were recruiting him heavily and close to offering at the time of his commit.

Butch Pau'u committed to BYU in large part due to its strong emphasis on clean living. (Butch Pau'u) Butch Pau'u committed to BYU in large part due to its strong emphasis on clean living. (Butch Pau'u)

Both players pretty much made up their minds while at BYU's camp to commit, but had to convince both of their parents. After some lengthy meetings, both sets of parents stamped their approval.

"Both my dad and especially my mom needed to feel sure about BYU being right for me," said Leuta-Douyere. "Butch's parents talked to them, and convinced them that BYU was a good place for a devout catholic like myself. I wasn't going to go anywhere unless my mom approved, so after she talked to BYU's coaches, she began to feel the same things that I did about BYU and (she) let me commit."

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