Colts star RB decides he wants to play in Pac-10
Go Bears! Good job Isi! We are all proud of you! It's exciting... Choohoo!
This has to be one of the most impressive Football classes ever. I do not
remember, and I'm an old guy, another time when so many of the glory teams from
out of state has come after the Utah boys.Good luck to all of you
kids. Make good decisions and use this gift of Football prowess to get yourself
a College degree.Congratulaions to all that are mentioned here and
all of the other kids not mentioned in this article that have the same chance at
USU, SUU, Weber or wherever else.Your bodies will be beaten and
injuries WILL occur. Don't let Football use you. USE Football to get
that degree that lasts a lifetime.
Why is it that cottonwood players never committ to in state schools. Does their
coach have soemthing against them and pushes them out of the state. For the
most part they are at best average players for these bigger schools with the
exception of Stanly Havelii.
If I was a football player at a high level like this kid I would go out of state
in a heart beat
Too bad you are not. Davis never has good D1 football players.
Why stay in Utah hen you could play in Cal, warm weather, beautiful girls.Cottonwood players get recruited by a lot of out of state programs
because of Cottonwood's system. Cottonwood runs a college system. They are well
coached and are definitely a football school.
Let's see, in the last 30 years, Cal has won or tied for the Pac-10 Championship
in football exactly one time. Sounds like the coaches of Cal are excellent
salespeople. Good luck with that.
That's great that he went out of state. But the reality is that Cal's football
program is no better than BYU or Utah. Cal's about academics and hippies, and
they have an occasional great year in football. So as I see it, he could have
been on a team that's just as good or better than Cal, and he could have avoided
the hippies of Berkeley by staying close to home.
Isi, way to overcome your physical limitations, by working harder than anyone
i've ever coached. NEVER missing a workout, practice or game in 3 years where
you carried the ball more than anyone ever has in this state. And most of all
going to class and being a shining example of what a young man should be. Our
staff doesn't care if our players go to Cal, BYU or timbucktoo. That these kids
have the talent and effort to have someone pay for their education is the only
thing that matters and we should be honored that schools outside this state see
that. P.S. BYU never offered and Utah pulled theirs
To: One of his coaches -- sounds like you were a good coach. Keep up the good
work and the development of student athletes.
Congrats to Isi. What some of you don't understand is that, even though Cal may
be on the same level as BYU or Utah, the Pac-10 provides competition EVERY WEEK
with lots of guys who are NFL-bound. Thus, if someone has, say, NFL aspirations
(Isi is undersized, but who knows?) their resume looks a lot better because they
are doing what they're doing against a lot of the same guys that will be at the
next level. That is one of the reasons why guys like Haloti Ngata and Stewart
Bradley went out of state (now both starters in the NFL). No dis to the
Utes(who could finish 1st or 2nd in the Pac-10 this year) and Cougs, but this is
a big factor. Plus, can you argue with Cal's education? Additionally, some
kids really want/need other experiences outside the state. Lastly,
whoever made the comment local schools were not after him is probably
inaccurate. Of course they were, but he probably told them early on he wanted
to go out of state.
Enough with the stupid stereotypes! Under Jeff Tedford (who went to Fresno
State), Cal has been a consistent winner. Seven straight winning seasons and
counting.Did you know that before Tedford arrived, the head coach at Cal
was NONE OTHER than current BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe (how ironic,
huh?!?). In Holmoe's five seasons there (1997-2001), the BEST he did was 5-6 in
1998. His full record there was a PATHETIC 12-43.And yes, you come out of
Cal pretty darn smart, too, hippies and all. Nothing wrong with that.
It is not necessarily about the BEST program. It is the best program for the
player. Just look at Cal's current running back. He is 5'10'' and 193 lbs. A
small back. This bodes well for Isi who is a small back too.
congrats isi, ive been playing against you since 5th or 6th grade and you were
always the factor that we couldnt stop, you deserve this, from what i have seen
you work hard and earned what you got, go ball at cal
I am a CW Players Parent and watched a lot of Practices the last 2 years and no
one deserves this more than Isi does. He works harder than anyone during and
after practice to get better and stronger. Anyone ever wonder how a Guy that is
5-7, 165 lbs carries the ball for 3 straight years and breaks the all time
carriers mark and doesn't get injured is? He may be small but he is very durable
and has heart bigger than anyone will ever know, I will miss watching your runs
next year when CW resumes football in 5A again. Some of your best runs this
year were called back, great highlight reel stuff. Good Luck to you Isi and I
wish you the Same success at Cal that you had at CW.
Lets set the record straight. Getting a scholarship is to pay for your
education period. The average income out of BYU is 86,000 per year, UofU,
72,000. CAL is 176,000. Do the Math. CAL is a very smart decision for Isi. I
really don't believe Isi will play on Sunday's, not because of his ability
rather his size, and even if he did, the average tenure in the NFL is less then
3 year, then what? Also, Cottonwood does a very good job in helping their kids,
while it is the parents and athletes responsibility to market their kids, CW
goes steps further by sending film to Rivals, Scout and other places. Registers
their kids timely in the clearinghouse and makes sure they understand the needs
of the NCAA Eligibility Center, etc. 95% of Utah High Schools don't inform
their kids of the NCAA Clearinghouse. Hats off to CW, this is WHY they have big
I agree that CW coaches are the best in state in marketing their players - this
is extremely beneficial for their players and why kids transfer there to
play..and this compliment is coming from a TV parent--
COTTONWOOD DOES A GOOD JOB FOR THEIR KIDS. IT HELPS WHEN CATE CAN SEND THE CWOOD
KIDS TO CAMPS AND COMBINES. THIS ALLOWS THEM TO BE NOTICED NATIONALLY. ALSO, THE
REASON THESE KIDS GO OUT OF STATE AND TO BIGTIME PROGRAMS IS BECAUSE THEY AREN'T
GOING ON MISSIONS. MORE KIDS FROM UTAH WOULD BE RECRUITED MORE IF THEY WEREN'T
GOING ON A MISSION. MOST SCHOOLS WILL NOT RECRUIT MISSION KIDS.
ya to bad Byu didnt have the brains to get this kid and utah pulls there offer
sounds like another lewis walker
This year the Nike combine was at Murray Park and the Skills camp was at BYU.There were MANY cottonwood kids that attended and competed; but I'm
pretty sure it didn't take alot of ANYBODY's money to "send" them there.
Kids from Cottonwood are too good to attend colleges like BYU and Utah. Part of
Cottonwood's recruiting efforts is flying kids around the country getting them
into more well known programs. Before Cal offered Isi he wasn't
even considering Utah. (SMU / Washington State .. are you kidding me)The only time Utah or BYU gets a Cottonwood kid is when they can't qualify
(Kaufausi - last year)If you are from Utah and will not even
consider Utah (two BCS games past four years) you are getting some bad advice.
Where do you get your statistics? I found the average starting salary out of
Cal is $59,900 with the overall average at $112,000 - a far cry from the
supposed $176,000 that you said. Utah was listed as $45,000 starting and
$83,200 overall average. Factor in the cost of living between CA and UT and UT
grad may actually make more. Cal is definitely a better academic school but
your figure of $176,000 was very misleading.
who cares.. Cal is better place for both academics and football.
No matter what kind of athlete you are, if you go to cottonwood for football and
want to go D1, you will. Any of your second teamer's get scholarship offers this
Amen!!!Where would BYU and Utah have been if they were in the PAC 10
this year? 3rd? 4th? Maybe even a lot lower. According to the bowl experts, a
5th or 6th place PAC 10 school is as good as the MWC champion. Any;
Any of the PAC 10 schools are better based on football and opportunities. IF
Utah and BYU want these kids; bust the MWC and hook up with a conference like
the PAC 10. They may be able to compete, but they do not get the recognition.
Fact, whether you like it or not. The MWC is a joke. I am a BYU
fan through and through, but I can watch USC every saturday on TV. 3 or 4 BYU
games is all that I can see per year. I guess I could move; pick up my family,
look for another job. I might even do better given the current situation of our
And the cost of living in California will eat all of that up. Dah!
The biggest reason Solefe is going to Cal is because of their running backs
coach Ron Gould. He has produced some very good runners during his time with
the Golden Bears and Solefe is looking down the road at a possible NFL career.
Good luck to the kid.
Okay, I owe you the ice cream! In five years or so.... you're buying! Way to
go champ. Time to get really smart and find something you love. Football will
always be there, but maybe you'll be like Hui and chasing around sons and
nephews. Whatever happens, stay the way you are and keep working hard. Faith,
hope, and love will always be with you! Call me if you get hungry.
If the Cottonwood kids are too good to play in state, then why did they lose to
a BYU heavy Timpview team?
Let's let Isi decide where he wants to go. We brag about how we would love to
see the polynesian youth of today progress, yet we continue to pull them down
with comments and negativity that cut them down!Cal will provide a
great education and give him some experience before his MISSION to get out for a
little bit. Yes, that's right... I know Isi will stick with his decision to
serve a mission whether or not he is in state!!! Bottom line is I
take my hat off to you Isi for making it this far when there were so many
critics, even ex- teammates (one of which is now playing in California. You all
know who i'm talking about), who said you were to small and wouldn't make it
this far. Great job bro! Keep your head up and continue to prove the critics
wrong!Thank you CWood coaches for your time and effort this past
season and seasons to come!