One of the premiere prospects in the state of Utah for the Class of 2019 has made a commitment.
Orem Tigers four-star wide receiver Puka Nacua announced on Twitter Monday night that he has pledged to play for the USC Trojans. It marked an early decision for Nacua given that even the early signing period doesn't start for almost exactly six months.
"I just wanted to kind of focus on my team and my season and get ready for the season and help us win another state championship," he told the Deseret News via phone. "I just felt like USC was the place. I know I wanted to be there."
The brother of former BYU Cougars star Kai Nacua and current Utah Utes receiver Samson Nacua, Puka Nacua chose the Trojans over both of those teams and numerous other Power 5 programs throughout the country.
Puka Nacua said Samson pushed him a little bit to commit to the Utes, but mainly his brothers and mother Penina just wanted him to find what he felt was the best fit for himself, and he made the call to USC head coach Clay Helton on Monday afternoon.29 comments on this story
Beside the Trojans, Utah and BYU, Puka Nacua was also seriously considering Washington and UCLA.
"I was just ready for a little bit of the recruiting process to be over," he said. "It's a little bit of a hassle sometimes. I was just ready for it to be done."
Standing 6-foot-2 and now weighing 195 pounds (he wants his playing weight to be at 200 if not a little more), Nacua was the 4A MVP in 2017 as a junior, thanks to tying the state record with 24 touchdown receptions (1,692 yards on 87 catches total) as the Tigers won their first state title since 1994.