BYU has reportedly received verbal commitments from two top prep players - a running back and receiver - from the same Hawaii high school.
According to Collegiate Sports of America's Blue Chip Report, the Cougars have received verbal commitments from running back Mark Atuaia and wide receiver Itula Mili, both from Kahuku High School on Oahu.The report rated both players among the top 70 prospects in the West.
A 5-foot-10, 185-pounder, Atuaia smashed the state single-season rushing record formerly held by Mosi Tatupu, who went on to star for USC and the New England Patriots. Atuaia rushed for 2,000 yards in just nine games.
"Very strong and explosive, Mark can get you the tough inside yards and he can cut outside and break the long one," according to Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report. "If he were playing in California, Mark would be a national recruit."
Atuaia was also recruited by Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and Cal.
Mili is 6-4, 210, and with 20 more pounds would seem to fit the BYU tight-end mold.
"Itula is a strong runner with great hands and body control," Lemming's reported.
Itula was recruited by Oregon, Arizona and Hawaii.
Quarterback John Walsh of Los Angeles, who committed to BYU two weeks ago, was rated the third-best player in the West by Lemming's report.
- Rich Evans