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Published: Sunday, Jan. 15 2012 10:56 p.m. MST

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Ldsfan
South Jordan, UT

Why would he not sign? Maybe waiting for another offer?

Osgrath
Provo, UT

Maybe he doesn't sign yet because he sees that this is a huge decision for him and not something to be rushed into on a whim. This isn't some 18-year-old impetuous kid, after all.

Let's hope he does choose the Cougars. We need a strong D-line and lost a couple of good players to graduation.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

Its a great honor to be offered by BYU, said the 6-foot-2, 280-pound prospect. I didnt really like BYU growing up I was a Utah guy, but visiting BYU and seeing them up close really opened my eyes and I could definitely see myself and my fiance at BYU.

I just wanted to re-post this quote one more time to ensure Chris B, Naval Vet and Hedgehog read it one more time.

Tenny, we'd love to see you play in blue and white.

MiP
Iowa City, IA

"Programs such as BYU, Utah, Utah State, Washington, and Washington State came calling until it became apparent that he wouldnt qualify academically."

I assume then, that has changed? The article doesn't mention how he's done now, but it goes to show you BYU will take players who have struggled academically in the past, much to the contrary belief of many of the posters on here.

Good luck in signing this talent, Y.

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

BYU has two very good D-linemen coming off missions and another one they signed last week, but they lost some to graduation and missions as well. This young man could see significant PT and help a great deal. Hope he decides on BYU.

DevilishUte
Tempe, AZ

BYU never signs players that have struggled to qualify academically in the past. That part of the article must be erroneous.

TrueBlue
Orem, UT

jealous DevilishUte

BYU, like most other schools, has somewhat lower academic admission standards for athletes, but BYU does have minimum standards that all athletes must meet to play at BYU.

Star Lutuleilei orginally signed with BYU, but had to go to Snow College because he needed to get his grades up. Some athlete succeed at the JC level and then come to BYU. Some don't and end up playing somewhere that doesn't have as high academic standards.

niners
SAINT GEORGE, UT

A lot of the same schools that recruited me out of high school have started recruiting me again, he said. I have offers from Utah State, Oregon State and from Washington along with my BYU offer.
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I wonder why Utah isn't giving him an offer? They did when he was in high school. Why wouldn't they now?

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

An offer to play at BYU yet no commitment?

Can't blame the young man if waits to see if a better offer comes along.

Must be waiting to see if he gets an offer from Utah.

TrueBlue
Orem, UT

Howard S.

Utah won't make an offer because the Utes don't want to be embarrassed when Palepoi turns them down to play for BYU.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

@TrueBlue

"...Utes don't want to be embarrassed when Palepoi turns them down to play for BYU."
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You may be right... lots of top level D1 athletes prefer to test themselves against WAC populated schedules instead of BCS schedules.

Palepoi may be one of those...

MLH
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

If this kid wants to make football a carrer he shouldn't sign with the Y. The PAC-12 schools will give him a greater chance of getting there.

giantfan
Farmington, UT

Ute fans: Once haters of BCS snobs become the snobs. Ironic, isn't it?

deductive reasoning
Arlington, VA

Howard S.

"You may be right... lots of top level D1 athletes prefer to test themselves against WAC populated schedules instead of BCS schedules."

What a surprise, another typical clueless response from a hill dweller.

With Washington State, Utah, Boise State, Hawaii, Oregon State, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech on the 2012 schedule, I seriously doubt Palepoi is worried about being "tested". We all know what happened the last time Utah faced Boise State and Notre Dame.

The potential for being humiliated by a program that has a habit of losing to conference cellar dwellars and 10-loss teams is probably a bigger worry. Playing a BCS schedule doesn't impress anybody when you lose to mediocre BCS teams.

Howard S.
Taylorsville, UT

@giantfan

Ute fans... BCS haters? I think not...

Utah embraced the BCS as the first and original BCS busters.

Only the rejected and excluded are haters... which explains the Cougar Nation's view of the BCS.

anti BCS
Anaheim, CA

Howard S.

get real

Utah fans whined incessantly about the BCS denying the Utes any chance of playing for the national championship in 2004 and 2008.

Ironically, Utah has even less chance of getting into a BCS game now, than they did when they were members of the MWC. Instead of getting past BYU and TCU, the Utes must now get past USC, Oregon, and Stanford.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

CougFaninTX:

"I just wanted to re-post this quote one more time to ensure...Naval Vet...read it one more time."

Well, well, well. It seems you have quite the obsession with me, and what I think of you and your bush-league, Indy-WACey school. It's obvious you envy and look up to your big brother on the Hill. Anyway, I thought I'd post something that Mr. Gurney accidently left OUT of the article...

Scout ranks Palepoi with ZERO-stars.
Rivals never even heard of the guy.

Should I re-post that one more time to ensure you read it?

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

TrueBlue:

"Star Lutuleilei [sic] orginally [sic] signed with BYU, but had to go to Snow College because he needed to get his grades up. Some athlete succeed at the JC level and then come to BYU. Some don't and end up playing somewhere that doesn't have as high academic standards."

There was nothing wrong with Star Lotulelei's academics coming out of Jr. College. He qualified, and received another scholarship offer from, the irrelevant Indy-WACers in Provo.

The reason why he signed with Utah after coming out of Snow was because, like Kyle Whittingham, if given a choice, MAY have preferred the cougars initially right out of high school, but in the end, and after a few years of maturity, would ultimately prefer to finish their respective careers at Utah.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

TrueBlue:

"Utah won't make an offer because the Utes don't want to be embarrassed when Palepoi turns them down to play for BYU."

Or because he's an unheralded, zero-star defensive lineman -- whom I might add, Rivals never even heard of.

But, for now, Utah will have to just make due with 4-star DT Visesio Salt and 3-star DT Vaha Vainuku, both of whom, I might add, were NOT offered by the Y because the cougars did not want to be embarrassed when they inevitably would have turned them down in order to play for Utah.

Chris Degn
Seoul, Korea

Everyone should detest the BCS. It is NOT a true championship system. Here's a good suggestion....

Take the bowl games and convert them into playoff games. Take the conference winners of all the D1 schools and match them up as seeds in a bowl-based playoff that leads to the Rose Bowl for a TRUE CHAMPIONSHIP of winning teams.

Cool idea, huh? Then all you guys would stop wasting time talking about BCS, BCS, BCS. And we'd talk more about cool new players like Palepoi. Come to the Cougars, brah!

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