Utah Utes football: Texas defensive line prospect Sam Tevi picks Utah over BYU

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  • NevadaCoug Overton, NV
    July 23, 2012 10:27 p.m.

    The fact that he is graduating early doesn't mean a whole lot about what kind of student he is. It just means he has enough credits to graduate. It doesn't mean he's a good student. (Don't misinterpret what I'm saying here. I'm not saying anything about his academic ability, just saying that one factor is meaningless).

    He feels more comfortable at Utah. Pure and simple. I'm sure having a couple of guys there that went to his High School (and that he probably already knew) really helps.

    Plus, Utah's defense is usually the strength of their team. They get a lot of recognition. A defensive player trying to make the NFL certainly would be better served going to Utah rather than BYU. Wish it wasn't so, but it is.

  • monkeyzoo Lehi, UT
    July 20, 2012 10:48 p.m.

    It hilarious how Byu trolls bring up academics. When 90% of their students transfers there from UVU
    Byu- We have tough academic standards, but go to UVU for 2 years, take a few of our easy online courses and we'll let you in the side door.

  • Proud Ute ,
    July 20, 2012 10:31 p.m.


    You've got those blue goggles on pretty tight tonight my friend. You skipped right over salebarn's blue skewed nonsense.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    July 20, 2012 9:39 a.m.

    Thanks captain cougar for starting off the comments in a very classy way. Too bad ute fans couldn't follow your example, they had to take their digs even though they got the recruit!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 19, 2012 7:03 p.m.


    Utah outranks BYU 5 of the 7 academic rankings:

    National: ARWU 47, Forbes 158, U.S. News & World Report 124, Washington Monthly 154
    Global: ARWU 79, QS 306, Times 83

    National: ARWU 135–162, Forbes 282, U.S. News & World Report 71, Washington Monthly 153
    Global: ARWU 303–401, QS unranked, Times 501–600

  • Papa Smurf UTE Herriman, UT
    July 18, 2012 12:48 p.m.


    It must be really tough for recruits to handle the 10 religion classes each player has to take. Along with bowling, weight lifting, basketball, and maybe a math or economics class mixed in. Now I see why you said it was going to be tough for him to make it academically.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2012 11:44 p.m.

    Glad to have Sam join the Utes! It sounds like he will be a good fit at Utah and hopefully have some impact on next years team.

    To all the coug fans on here claiming he couldn't make it academically at the y, I hope more and more recruits hear that kind of talk from you. Ute fans aren't the only ones who have a problem with you. It's that type of classless arrogance that makes your program and it's fans so easy to dislike.

    As for me, it's a great time to be a Ute!

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    July 17, 2012 8:28 p.m.

    Cougar Claws:

    Utah's academic superiority isn't just recognized by the Chinese. The British like us better too. So does QS and Forbes. If you'd like to be linked to above support, go to the University of Utah's Wikipedia page and scroll down to "Rankings". There you will find the links to those publications.

    Or you can do what Duckhunter does and just bury your head in the sand instead.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    July 17, 2012 7:45 p.m.

    Here is the difference in the APR rating in the last three years...
    BYU 933.66
    Utah 957
    Average .. Utah 23.33 points higher average in the 3 year period
    It's good to be a Ute !

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    July 17, 2012 7:36 p.m.

    Here are the facts from the NCAA website for the Mendenhall / Whittingham era:
    Annual Progress Rates

    SportSchoolStateAcademic YearMulti-Year RatePenalties
    FootballUniversity of UtahUT2004 - 2005954
    FootballUniversity of UtahUT2005 - 2006949
    FootballUniversity of UtahUT2006 - 2007944
    FootballUniversity of UtahUT2007 - 2008954
    FootballUniversity of UtahUT2008 - 2009949
    FootballUniversity of UtahUT2009 - 2010956
    FootballUniversity of UtahUT2010 - 2011966

    Selected: Football
    Brigham Young University
    SportSchoolStateAcademic YearMulti-Year RatePenalties
    FootballBrigham Young UniversityUT2004 - 2005928
    FootballBrigham Young UniversityUT2005 - 2006945
    FootballBrigham Young UniversityUT2006 - 2007946
    FootballBrigham Young UniversityUT2007 - 2008942
    FootballBrigham Young UniversityUT2008 - 2009940
    FootballBrigham Young UniversityUT2009 - 2010929
    FootballBrigham Young UniversityUT2010 - 2011932
    Are we clear now ?

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    July 17, 2012 7:28 p.m.

    This should clear matters up.
    From the NCAA website;

    SportSchoolStateAcademic YearMulti-Year RatePenalties
    FootballUniversity of UtahUT2004 - 2005954
    FootballUniversity of UtahUT2005 - 2006949
    FootballUniversity of UtahUT2006 - 2007944
    FootballUniversity of UtahUT2007 - 2008954
    FootballUniversity of UtahUT2008 - 2009949
    FootballUniversity of UtahUT2009 - 2010956
    FootballUniversity of UtahUT2010 - 2011966

    Selected: Football
    Brigham Young University
    SportSchoolStateAcademic YearMulti-Year RatePenalties
    FootballBrigham Young UniversityUT2004 - 2005928
    FootballBrigham Young UniversityUT2005 - 2006945
    FootballBrigham Young UniversityUT2006 - 2007946
    FootballBrigham Young UniversityUT2007 - 2008942
    FootballBrigham Young UniversityUT2008 - 2009940
    FootballBrigham Young UniversityUT2009 - 2010929
    FootballBrigham Young UniversityUT2010 - 2011932

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    July 17, 2012 7:10 p.m.

    According to the NCAA The Academic Progress rates for both schools for the last three years are as follows;
    BYU 2008-9...940
    Utah 2008-9...949

    BYU 2009-2010..929
    Utah 2009-2010..956

    BYU 2010-2011..932
    Utah 2010-2011..966

    That should clear things up.
    For the record, the University of Utah had a better APR in the previous 4 years as well !

  • Proud Ute ,
    July 17, 2012 4:13 p.m.

    Kudo's to all the classy Cougars who are posting. Of course there's those cougar trolls with their "knee jerk" comments looking to question his academics, abilities or the effort put forth in Bronco's recruitment.
    Sad indeed they are so petty they just can't congratulate the young man on his opportunity and wish him good luck in his collegiate career.

  • Cougar Passion Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2012 3:56 p.m.

    While I would not have said what "One Angry Salebarn Worker" said, it's one of those "probably true but you don't say it in public" type of things. It is true that BYU has players every year having to quit because of academics. I don't know how it is at Utah, but it is that way at BYU. More directly, the Cougars did get the #1 lineman in the country a few years ago from Trinity, Ofa Mohetau. This guy was as big a deal as Haloti Ngata coming out of high school. I believe he started some his freshman season--someone correct me if I'm wrong--then promptly failed out of school and had to transfer. Also, BYU has had awful luck academically with stud DL's coming out of junior college. So, again, not a polite thing to say about someone we don't know in Tevi. Hope he does very well at Utah. But what one poster said about Bronco wanting his grades to be at a certain point before offering him would make a great deal of sense to those familiar with BYU football.

  • Alaskan Ute Fairbanks, AK
    July 17, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    The academic discussion is so idiotic, on both sides. Both schools are fine academic institutions. Great pick Sam, we're glad to have U. If you are reading the above hateful comments, these individuals don't represent the masses.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 17, 2012 1:20 p.m.


    I can see you are a fan of the methodology of Dr. J. Goebbels, also described by G. Orwell:
    "tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them . . . forget any fact that has become inconvenient."

  • dallas realist rockwall, texas
    July 17, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    I really wish he would have chosen BYU but Utah has had some great d linemen these past few years so he will fit right in. Now that Utah and BYU are not in the same conference it seems okay to hope the Utes can represent in the pac 12 and this kid should help with that.

  • One Angry Salebarn Worker Madison, SD
    July 17, 2012 12:56 p.m.

    I can see you're smarting from the truth. But it's a pretty good antidote for the misinformation you're throwing around and the house of cards you're building.

    Can you find any other obscure, irrelevant and far-reaching data to entertain us with?

    As I indicated, UU is still a good match for Sam.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    July 17, 2012 11:46 a.m.

    This is great for the U. Sam is listed as a two star recruit on Rivals and a three star recruit on Scout. But if you look at the schools that were vying for his services and offer and appreciate the fact that he simply blew away competition at the All Poly camp--then add in that this is a continuation of a pipeline to a great Texas hs program that produces wonderful ball players--this pick up is more than meets the eye.

    Also--thank you to the Cougar fans who took the time to put one of your own (One angry sales whatever) in his place. Although I doubt he's able to hear it, he's a bad fan and if he's an adult--not a very good person either. Both of these schools offer a terrific undergraduate experience. Both schools would seem to benefit from having a kid like Sam Tevi, as well.

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 17, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    Sorry, Riverton Coug and Salebarn, your "smarter-than-thou" attitudes aren't working.

    The U.S. News & World Report does NOT provide "the most credible" rankings. While they may be the most widely used in the U.S., they have been criticized for indefensible methodology. The founder used criteria that insures Harvard, Yale and Princeton are always the top three, making it a club-y popularity contest designed to sell more magazines. (When an employee tried to implement a more statistically valid criteria, and Cal Tech came out on top, she was gone.) It's therefore no surprise that USNWR ranked BYU at 71 in the U.S. (behind Case Western and Cal Irvine) and Utah at 124 (ahead of Seton Hall, Temple and Rutgers).

    The Academic Ranking of World Universities was begun to measure the gap between Chinese universities and the rest of the world. It relies more on research indicators and per capita academic performance. Thus, it is no surprise that ARWU ranks Utah No. 46 in the U.S. and 79 in the world, while BYU is ranked in the 111-137 group nationally and 301-400 in the world.

    July 17, 2012 10:39 a.m.

    Riverton Cougar-

    As a pre-med student at the University of Utah, I've never heard any Utah or BYU fan tell me that i would be better off at BYU. Not one person. Your comment is ENTIRELY opinionated and holds no weight.

  • One Angry Salebarn Worker Madison, SD
    July 17, 2012 10:21 a.m.

    "Salebarn: you do know that academic marks for athletes are higher at the U than at BYU, right? (look it up)"

    I looked, and facts are not your friends Hymns, Meso Ute, Ohio Ute, LdsFan, et al.

    Here are the facts:

    2011 U.S. News and World Report put BYU at No. 71 and Utah at No. 124. The magazine based its figures on, among other things, academic entry data, graduation rates and strength of faculty.

    Nationally ranked colleges/programs (top 50): BYU-5 (including Marriott School of Management and BYU Law School) , UU-0 (Business Week, Wall Street Journal, US New and World Report)

    Ave. Starting salaries undergrads: MIT, $45K (top); BYU $39.5K; UU $34.2K. (2009)

    Average ACT of entering Freshmen: BYU 28, UU 22.7 (2008 data) Athletes entry data mirrors the general student body (thanks to XC and track athletes).

    National Merit Scholars (entering freshmen 2009): BYU 90 (Ranked 23rd nationally), UU 23 (not ranked)

    Graduates Getting Ph.D's/MD's: BYU #10, UU not ranked (source: NORC/University of Chicago)

    A academic comparison reflects their differences in purpose. Utah generally serves a local commuter population. BYU is a private university drawing from a much larger and competative geography, admission policies, codes of conduct, and study focuses are very different.

  • Fred Vader Oklahoma City, OK
    July 17, 2012 10:16 a.m.

    With all of the commits coming out of Euless, TX going to the "U", maybe the town should change its name from Euless to "U-more"? Or maybe, "BYu-less"?

  • Heathbar4u Utah, UT
    July 17, 2012 9:49 a.m.

    Regards to recruiting dominance: This is a bit silly; however, in the case for the U, quality matters over quantity. Morgan, Kyle, and the others recruit hard and are genuine until they get or lose the prospect that they "really" want. Others can be given an offer without much contact afterwards. Players looking are treated so well at the U by coaches, players, and parents, that it makes a huge impact on the outcome. I have a several parent friends whose kids were recruited by both schools and their experiences were definitely different. But a huge factor at the U was the "genuineness" of the process; and yet, a few of them still went to BYU because of their family loyalty (was a dream).
    I say good for all of them - I say that these kids are living a dream regardless of their pick. But I sure do like wins like this one!!!

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    Enough with the slandering each other. You will never build your own house by throwing bricks over the wall at each other.
    He said he liked both growing up but probably the U more.
    He got offered first by Utah and it was his dream offer.
    He tripped to see Utah and took a side trip to see the Y.
    He has friends on the Utah team from his high school.
    He felt more comfortable at Utah.
    He met with Whittingham but doesn't mention meeting with Bronco.
    All this tells anyone that can fill in their own name on peice of paper he wanted to go to the University of Utah.
    Nothing about where he would succeed academically.
    Nothing about where he would get the best education.
    Nothing about what he wanted out of his college experience.
    He just wanted to go to Utah.
    Now for the trolls on both sides.
    I graduated Cum laude from Utah.
    Never liked the place or my experiences there. That's just me. Never saw them win a game as a student.
    Never went to BYU.
    Loved 35 years of football at the Y.
    It's just personal choice.

  • Heathbar4u Utah, UT
    July 17, 2012 9:36 a.m.

    Great pickup for the U and for the state! It's looking like we'll continue our road to dominance on the D line - our M.O. in the conference. Welcome Tevi!

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    July 17, 2012 9:18 a.m.

    Just as well, he sounds like someone who might be very talented. BYU prefers walk-ons who like to field punts.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    July 17, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    Cougar Claws,

    There are actually some sources that back that up, but they are based on some Chinese ranking. The most credible ranking for universities in the United States is the U.S. News and World Report, which contradicts much of what the Chinese ranking says about many of the U.S. universities. I trust that the U.S. knows more about U.S. universities than Shanghai does, and the U doesn't even crack the top 100 among U.S. universities.

    hymn to the silent,

    Perhaps you should do your homework. Few people say that the U surpasses the Y academically (and even then it's almost always for graduate programs). This isn't some rumor being spread by BYU fans, this is fact. I hate to have to bring you to reality that hard, but it's for the best.

    July 17, 2012 9:08 a.m.

    Things are looking better all the time for our Utes! Nice choice Sam...way to go Kyle! You gotta love the Utes!

  • hymn to the silent Holladay, UT
    July 17, 2012 9:03 a.m.

    Cougar Claws:
    The Shanghai report, seen as the global authority on university rankings, has listed the University of Utah in the top 100 schools in the world. The UofU entrepreneur program that connects students to funding is number one in the nation. Literature and creative writing have been ranked by the Humanities Review as among the top three for decades. Sciences have always been ranked high, by numerous independent parties. USNews has the U ranked lower than the Y, but most corporations give little credence to that study because so much weight is given to how much students like their professors...a good measure of the college experience, but not much of a measure academically. For the last 10 years the UofU school of business has placed more students in Harvard and LSE, while BYU places more students in law school and MBA schools in general. Strengths at the U are sciences, engineering, innovation in business, arts and the behavioral sciences, Law and Medicine, and of course research. BYU is more focused on the black and white fields of accounting and business management---and they do it well.

  • hymn to the silent Holladay, UT
    July 17, 2012 8:46 a.m.

    Where does this myth of BYU's academic superiority come from? BYU's academic performance among its athletes is lower than the U's...lower average GPA, lower test scores...It is a concern of Bronco's...he said so publicly. Spreading lies is not what BYU fans should be known for. Check the majors, GPAs and academic awards of both school's athletes...pretty darn close, with the edge going to Utah; and the U has more nationally recognized programs, decorated professors, and national academic student awards. It is a very good fit for the serious student athlete. No knock on BYU, but seriously, the fans need to do their homework.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    July 17, 2012 8:27 a.m.

    Welcome to BYU after your mission.

  • Cosmo's Cousin Holladay, UT
    July 17, 2012 12:00 a.m.

    BYU wasn't really recruiting Tevi. Bronco and his coaches must've decided that he wasn't a good fit in our program and told him he should look at a school without the tradition and tough academics. That is, a school like Utah.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    July 16, 2012 11:46 p.m.

    Re: OhioUte

    "The U is one of the world's top 100 universities while BYU is somewhere in the 300s"

    Any sources to back that one up?

    July 16, 2012 10:58 p.m.

    Who am I sir? How dare you present facts in direct contradiction to what the Duckhunter proclaims! People, can we get off the idea that he was too dumb to play at the Y? This is insulting not only to him in particular, but any athlete who chooses a college to attend. The truth is none of you knows Sam, and most of you I would strongly wager, don't know any of the guys on BYU's or Utah's teams, so why the need to just make things up about them?

    Congrats to Sam on making a well-thought-out decision. The hard part's over, now you can just worry about playing your last season of high school football and keep doing well in school.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 16, 2012 10:34 p.m.

    I was a little concerned when I saw Rivals rated Tevi a 2 star recruit. That fit the Y's recruiting profile. But when I saw he had the same number of offers as 17 of BYU's recruits combined and his offers were from almost three times as many BCS schools as those 17 recruits. (8 to 3). I knew I had nothing to fear. Out of the Y's 19 recruits the recruiting services indicates three also had offers from the U. At the same time of the U's 6 recruits the services indicate 3 had offers from the Y. Sounds pretty even on that score at this time - let's see how the rest of recruting unfolds.

  • THE MTN MAN Taylorsville, UT
    July 16, 2012 9:15 p.m.

    Truth be told, this doesn't really hurt BYU, and it doesn't really help Utah. This is ONE player. Both teams are ALWAYS stacked with quality linemen. This one guy is probably a great player, but he's not gonna make that much of a difference either way.

  • Utah'95 FPO, AE
    July 16, 2012 6:06 p.m.

    Welcome the the Utes, Sam! I can't wait to watch you play.

  • OhioUte2218 Columbus, OH
    July 16, 2012 6:01 p.m.

    Cougar Claws

    Since I don't follow BYU sports, I'll take your word for it that 2 or 3 football players quit every year because of grades.

    As far as your comment about it being harder academically at the Y, I guess that's why the U is ranked as one of the world's top 100 universities, and BYU is ranked somewhere in the 300's. I won't go into the U's stellar record in research and turning it into businesses, as that would just be too easy.

  • ordinaryindividual Springville, UT
    July 16, 2012 5:54 p.m.

    As a die hard BYU fan, I'm happy for this kid. Seems like a really good kid with his head on straight. There are bigger things than football, and I can, and do, freely admit that BYU doesn't have a monopoly on good people and uplifting experiences for college athletes. He visited both, and felt better about Utah. Nothing but the best of luck! Go Cougars!

    July 16, 2012 5:52 p.m.

    Welcome aboard young man. Several of the schools on your list would have been good choices but you made the best choice for you. This Utah fans wishes you the best.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    July 16, 2012 5:46 p.m.


    Whatever you need to tell yourself and your Cougar buddies to make you feel at ease with losing recuits.

    Story never changes. Harvey Langi wasn't "BYU material," now serving an LDS mission. Tevi has grade issues, yet is on schedule to graduate early. Chase Hansen didn't fit the mold of a BYU QB, like Riley Nelson, so BYU didn't want him. Manti Teo had his offer pulled, after he told Bronco he was not coming to Provo. The BYU recruiting tricks never get old.

  • 2020 Herriman, UT
    July 16, 2012 5:38 p.m.

    Wow! There aren't really BYU fans that believe that their football players are really at an academic disadvantage, are there? I'm personally leaning towards the idea that those posters are just trolls, trying to rile things up.

    There is no way Utah would use the tactic suggested by vesparider. They would probably lose more recruits to BYU by using it, than they would gain. Just think about how stuipid it would be to say such a thing to a recruit.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2012 5:22 p.m.


    The "word" about Utah's recruiting strategies is complete nonsense. It is an unfounded and ridiculous claim that serves no purpose but to slander Utah's football program. Utah sets solid academic standards for its student athletes and does a very good job and helping them earn their degree. I'm sure Mr. Tevi will excel at Utah, both on and off the field.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 16, 2012 5:11 p.m.

    I have to agree with Yerffogen, several of the kids that committed to BYU already also had utah offers so this "dominance" claim is really a myth when it comes to head to head recruits, at least this year so far BYU has gotten many more commits from kids both schools offered at this point.

    Now I have no idea how good this kid from Texas is but it is obvious both schools offered him and he chose utah for whatever reasons. Good for him, good for utah, but it certainly doesn't show any of the claims utah "fans" are making to be true.

  • Yerffoegn Maricopa, Az
    July 16, 2012 4:35 p.m.

    Recruiting dominance? This is only one of a couple of recruits that chose Utah over BYU. Byu has a slew of commits that Utah wanted. If it makes Utah fans giddy over one guy then byu owns you.

  • Cougar Claws Lindon, UT
    July 16, 2012 4:34 p.m.

    Too bad for BYU, we could have really used him. He will probably have a lot of success at Utah so good for him.

    As far as the whole academic difficulty issue, I don't know if he would have struggled at BYU academically or not. That depends on a number of things (major, teachers, etc). But on the whole, I think it's safe to say that it is harder to hack it academically at BYU than at Utah. How often do you hear about players not being able to stay eligible because of grades at Utah? Not too often. At BYU it seems like there are 2-3 players per year that have to quit because of grades. Only the players really know what it's like, but just based on the number of defections because of academics at BYU, I would have to think it is harder academically at the Y.

  • cougarfanzz american fork, UT
    July 16, 2012 4:28 p.m.

    @ willary " If anyone believes athletes are not provided nearly unlimited resources at any university to help them stay eligible, they're fooling only themselves."

    Umm maybe at your school. At BYU athletes are also studious scholars! We recruit the best and leave the rest! For U.
    Only the rare athlete with brains and morals makes it to the Y.

  • williary Kearns, UT
    July 16, 2012 4:12 p.m.

    Like this kid. Unlike the BYU fans on this board, he kept it classy. Complitmented BYU for their efforts. Didn't feel the need to jerk BYU around, beg for an offer from their coaches, only so he could burn it and post pics on twitter. Just the way some other kids role.

    And I continue to find it amusing that a kid on schedule to graduate early from high school, wouldn't be able to stay eligible as an athlete at BYU. Just one of those superiority myths that BYU has given themselves. If anyone believes athletes are not provided nearly unlimited resources at any university to help them stay eligible, they're fooling only themselves.

  • vesparider Pocatello, ID
    July 16, 2012 3:40 p.m.

    Bronco asked him to get his GPA up to a high enough level for entrance into BYU before his offer was extended. Once he did that Bronco officially extended an offer. He was being recruited hard by BYU and according to the Scout website told Bronco he wanted to commit after his visit and Scholorship offer. Bronco told him to go home, think and pray about it and talk it over with his parents. He then ended up commiting to Utah. Like he said. He felt it was a better fit for him at Utah. Word is that one of Utah's recruiting strategies is to convince these borderline kids that they won't be able to stay eligible while at BYU because of the academic standards expected by Bronco and the school. Some kids do struggle and have sat out until academically elegible to play.

    I don't blame these guys for going to a place where they feel they can stay elegible. Besides Utah is getting those DL into the NFL. I wish he would have chosen BYU but I'm sure he'll do well at Utah.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 16, 2012 3:40 p.m.


    cougarfanzz comment was a good one if you'd take a minute and comprehend it instead of making a kneejerk reply.

    He's saying Bronco must have gotten info that tevi was going to utah so backed off. What is so outrageous about that? If you know a kid is going elsewhere why continue to waste energy?

    July 16, 2012 3:17 p.m.

    @angry sale arm worker

    It's comments like yours that gives BYU a black eye.

    July 16, 2012 3:13 p.m.


    Please cite your "reliable" source. Otherwise, your comment is obviiously suspect.

  • cougarfanzz american fork, UT
    July 16, 2012 2:46 p.m.

    I have heard through a reliable source that late in the recruiting process that Bronco took the foot off the pedal as far as recruiting. Makes sense since he chose Utah.

  • Canyontreker TAYLORSVILLE, UT
    July 16, 2012 2:42 p.m.

    Welcome Sam.

    Sorry about the comment above about USU. It got posted to the wrong article.

    July 16, 2012 2:42 p.m.

    Per salebarn's comments:

    Once again an fan has the nerve to suggest that a minority athlete only chose Utah over BYU because of academic requirements. This is a myth perpetuated by racist ideology. Despicable. I attended the U and the Y salebarn and I have news for you; The greatest challenges in the classroom were found at the U and it was not even close. Just my experience. Stop perpetuating this myth, which is based in ethnic bigotry.

  • AntelopeValleyUte Palmdale, CA
    July 16, 2012 2:27 p.m.

    Utah and BYU will always compete for recruits both schools are going after. Both schools and their fanbase will be disappointed if a recruit chooses one over the other for whatever reasons. We as college football fans need to be happy for these young men regardless if they pick Utah or BYU. They are choosing the school they like, and what (hopefully) fits best for them. Just TRY not to hate them for it. Remember, they are kids. We should support them toward their ultimate goal in the end, graduating with a degree!

  • Canyontreker TAYLORSVILLE, UT
    July 16, 2012 2:25 p.m.

    Watching Scott Barnes, USU AD, last night it seems he would be excited to sign a RES only every other year Utah-Utah State tradition. Give 5,000 seats to USU and they will solve Utah's lop-sided home schedule.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    July 16, 2012 2:17 p.m.

    Utah, Texas Tech, Washington, Arkansas, Arizona, Arizona State, Purdue, Syracuse and Houston. Not a bad list of suitors for a kid Rivals lists as a 2-star. May he be the next Derrick Shelby.

    GO UTES!!!

  • Canyontreker TAYLORSVILLE, UT
    July 16, 2012 2:17 p.m.

    "He’s on track to graduate early and join the Ute program in January." - Des News

    Sounds like a smart kid.

  • Monk Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 16, 2012 1:59 p.m.

    Nice pickup. He should be great. Can't wait to see him prove it on the field!

  • phoenix Gilbert, AZ
    July 16, 2012 1:52 p.m.


    "Proof of Utah's dominance over the Y"

    Proof of your BYU-hating obsession.

    Your ONLY concern should be how Utah's recruits stack up against other PAC 12 recruits, especially USC's recruits, which is daunting obstacle you have to overcome to win the PAC 12 South?


    One Angry Salebarn Worker

    Dumb comment, which I won't even bother quoting.

    Utah has good undergraduate academics.


    Congratulations Tevi,

    I hope you do well at Utah, except when you play BYU.

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    July 16, 2012 1:48 p.m.

    Not bad winning a recruit over Arkansas, ASU, Texas Tech, Washington and it is reported that he was talking also with Oklahoma. This is a perfect Whittingham recruit as he will make him better.

    July 16, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    Good Luck in your adventure. I hope that you are able to find success in football, a mission and in life.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 16, 2012 1:39 p.m.

    Tevi, welcome! Classy young man making his choice on sound reasoning. I was surprised (not really!) your comments and this article did not support some of the acquisitions made by posters on their fan site. Keep on your plans and you'll be back in time to play Michigan in our stadikum. Go Utes!

  • Willowe west valley, Utah
    July 16, 2012 1:31 p.m.

    Its a great day to be a Ute fan. Welcome to the Ute family Sam, cant wait to see you chasing down Pac 12 QB's in the future!

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    July 16, 2012 1:24 p.m.

    I don't believe he had an offer from BYU because Bronco "has never lost a recruit to Utah."

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 16, 2012 1:22 p.m.

    @One Angry Salebarn Worker

    "This is a good choice for Tevi. He's in an academic culture that he can manage. At BYU, he would have struggled in the classroom."

    Wow. Stay classy BYU fan.

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    July 16, 2012 1:14 p.m.

    Awesome! Nice pick up for the U.

    3 Star LDS talent from Texas going to Utah instead of byU? Becoming the norm. Love it.

  • hymn to the silent Holladay, UT
    July 16, 2012 12:59 p.m.

    Salebarn: you do know that academic marks for athletes are higher at the U than at BYU, right? (the NCAA keeps track of those things, look it up) Lay off the hate, the kid made a good decision: Play in SLC among good LDS kids, serve a mission, play in the PAC12, get a strong education and get a really good shot at the NFL. The fact that he is finishing HS early says he is a bright kid...I'm happy for any kid that gets to the place where he has the best chance of succeeding.

  • Ldsfan South Jordan, UT
    July 16, 2012 12:53 p.m.


    As you read some of these comments, it appears that One Angry Salebarn Worker is upset that you didn't sign with BYU so he states that you aren't smart enough to attend BYU. Classy!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 16, 2012 12:51 p.m.

    Proof of Utah's dominance over the Y

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 16, 2012 12:44 p.m.

    Welcome to Utah, Sam...glad to have you.

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    July 16, 2012 12:43 p.m.

    This is not a surprise as the gap will continue to increase with good recruits. BYU will get those that want the BYU experience. Utah will continue to get those that want the Utah experience and the chance to continue playing if that is their choice.

    Welcome to the University of Utah.

  • One Angry Salebarn Worker Madison, SD
    July 16, 2012 12:41 p.m.

    This is a good choice for Tevi. He's in an academic culture that he can manage. At BYU, he would have struggled in the classroom.

    July 16, 2012 12:33 p.m.

    He sounds like a classy, well-grounded guy. While very gracious in complimenting BYU, he chose Utah over them, saying “BYU was great and I really respect the program and the coaches there — (but) it wasn’t the same as Utah,” he said.

    Now, compare that to the kid who burned Utah's recruiting letter when chosing BYU over Utah. It is obvious why Utah's program has become stronger and overall superior to BYU's.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    July 16, 2012 12:30 p.m.

    Although Tevi is only a 3 star (per sout.com) the big win for me was getting another player from Trinity. Trinity is a big time TX high school program and the thought of having a Trinity pipeline develop is huge.

  • Go Utes! Springville, UT
    July 16, 2012 12:21 p.m.


  • CaptainCougar Sandy, Utah
    July 16, 2012 12:19 p.m.

    Congrats to Utah. I was hoping he'd come to BYU, but at least he's coming in state. He's going to be a great player.