Star Lotulelei: 'Getting married ... was something that helped me become grounded'

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    May 1, 2013 11:10 a.m.

    "A member of the Church of Latter-day Saints, Lotulelei committed to play at his favorite school, BYU, in 2006.

    However, he didn't have the grades to get in."

    This explains every comment from Ute fans on all articles BYU related. That alone was worth the read.

    That aside, hope this guy does well. He's the real deal.

  • UtesBy5 Syracuse, UT
    April 30, 2013 11:19 a.m.

    BYU DID offer Star a scholarship along with Utah, Oregon, Oregon State and Utah State during the 2010 recruiting season (after his two years at Snow College). The duck's hatred toward Utah prevents him from rational thinking and realizing that many athletes prefer Utah over byu.

    Star, good luck to you with the Eagles! You are truly a class act and will represent the state of Utah very well in the NFL. Thank you for representing the University of Utah so well on and off the field.

    Go UTES!

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    April 29, 2013 1:38 p.m.

    Would someone please explain why there EVER needs to be a "war of words"?

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    April 29, 2013 12:24 p.m.

    We could have a Deseret News arranged marriage forum so nobody lives past 18 without being married.

  • UteNationAlum Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 29, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    Are BYU fans trying desperately to attach their name to Star's success? Weird.

  • oldschooler USA, TX
    April 29, 2013 9:47 a.m.

    Just to wish him and his family the best and to continue his work ethics and to thank him for his example, continue being a role model.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2013 4:18 p.m.

    StGtoSLC: Outstanding! Star is a Utah man in every respect; the perfect ambassador of the Utah program at the next level.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    April 28, 2013 1:19 p.m.

    @ Roger Jolley

    You wrote; "If you're the type of person that can't say something positive for a member of the LDS Church, no matter what team he played for, then you need to look in the mirror." I respect that except I would just say that saying something nice should be extended to all people or players from other schools, and not just LDS individuals. I think I know what you meant and were trying to say in regards to not holding a LDS athlete down if they play for Utah.

    As for Star (who is a grounded man), he has my respect and wish him well in the NFL.

    The problems some are having with the contents of the article need to realize this came from the associated press and not a Desnews writer. Yes the paper put it up, but it is what it is. Is it possible for the haters to chill and lose the war of words from time to time?

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    April 28, 2013 11:11 a.m.

    StG to SLC...

    Game, set and match.

    April 28, 2013 10:42 a.m.

    Duckhunter, it really doesn't matter to me whether they did or not, just clearing up something false somebody else said. However, yes, according to Rivals, BYU did offer him a scholarship out of Snow. If you actually do wish to check, under "FB Recruiting" on the home page, select "Commitments" then under "PAC-12" find "Utah" and click on the year and select 2010. Once there, you will see Star's name and that he committed on 7/24/09. Now this is the tricky part; after clicking on his name, under "College Choices" the only school immediately showing up is Utah. However, when you click on "Show All" underneath it, it will tell you that BYU offered him a scholarship and he was recruited by Brandon Doman, and that he was also recruited by Oregon and USC, but not offered, and that Oregon State and Utah State also offered him a scholarship. Hope that clears that up. Scout doesn't have anything because they usually do a pretty poor job of covering junior college players.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    April 28, 2013 9:45 a.m.


    BYU DID NOT offer Star after Snow and I checked both rivals ans scout and found no confirmation to your claim. Now I wish BYU had, it was obviously a huge mistake that they did not, but the fact remains that they did not.

    As for the subject of the article I can really relate to it. It took me getting married and having a family to give focus to my life. I'm very happy for Star, both as a future NFL player and as a man with a family and a purpose. Congratulations to him.

  • bradleyc Layton, UT
    April 28, 2013 8:37 a.m.

    Um.... not sure how the smack talk helps celebrate Stars accomplishment. He is a good guy with a nice family who has worked hard for his success. BYU was concerned about his academic success from the beginning and maybe Star was to. He chose to go to UCUtah. Not a big deal. Congratulations to Star and his family! Best of luck in the NFL.

    Go Cougars!

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    April 27, 2013 9:11 p.m.

    At this point, it surely doesn't matter where he decided not to go to school or to go or where he couldn't met academic requirements or where he needed to attand and study hard, does it?

    I wish him the best in his NFL experience.

    April 27, 2013 8:01 p.m.

    Cougar in Texas, Rivals and 24/7 covered his junior college recruiting and both report BYU having offered him.

  • Roger Jolly Maricopa, AZ
    April 27, 2013 7:35 p.m.

    I think that anyone that has followed Star's college career doesn't know he didn't make the 'grade' for BYU. And Cougar fans are so giddy that he landed with big/little brother because of that?

    What you should be saying is that Star is a class act whether he played for BYU or obviously with UTAH. If you're the type of person that can't say something positive for a member of the LDS Church, no matter what team he played for, then you need to look in the mirror. Star's about to live a dream playing in the NFL. Something I wish I could say and I believe most of you could wish.

    Good luck to Star with the Panthers, who I've actually payed attention too since Steve Smith and Jordan Gross play for them. They're going to win the NFC South this year and Star will be a major contribution to that.

  • Cougar in Texas Houston, TX
    April 27, 2013 7:19 p.m.


    To BYU's detriment, they did not offer Star a scholarship out of Snow. Consult any recruiting service who covered his JC recruiting, including past articles in this very newspaper and words from Star himself. Cougar coaches feared getting burned again by his academics, which even this article says he had to focus on while he redshirted at Utah.

    Sorry to ruin your fun, but it is good to see Star succeed and hopefully he has a nice NFL career.

  • washcomom Beaverton, OR
    April 27, 2013 6:41 p.m.

    "A member of the Church of Latter-day Saints, Lotulelei committed to play at his favorite school, BYU, in 2006."

    Can the editors of the Deseret News actually correct an AP posting? It would be nice to have the complete name of the church, even though most of us on this website know what it is.

    April 27, 2013 5:34 p.m.

    Since you wanted to make it clear that Star initially committed to BYU you should have also made it clear he turned down an offer to return to BYU after finishing at Snow. Looks like he became grounded, as the article describes, and got a lot smarter while he attended snow.