Former Timpview DE Pita Taumoepenu switches commitment from BYU to Utah

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  • BoSox4 St. George, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 10:56 a.m.

    Or maybe.... he just saw that Utah was the better football program! Winners of the last 3 head to head matchups and 8 out of the last 11. Pac-12 school over a school without friends. Better chance at making the NFL on defense... well really any position other than QB (but how long has it been since BYU had a decent QB in the league). Smart choice for this kid, he should shine in crimson red.

  • softbear Olympia, WA
    Aug. 8, 2013 11:22 a.m.

    Sounds like he decided against his mission at this time and needed a scholarship that BYU couldn't give him. Probably a good decision on his part. And the competition is already pretty strong at that position, his chances to play would better at the U. Wish him the best of luck.

  • Blue Rampage Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 9:20 p.m.


    You are way confused. Harvey didn't go on a mission but he did grey shirt his first year due to a fractured hip. He chose BYU over Utah mostly because of his relationship with Coach Lance Reynolds.

    As for Murphy, I was told by a current BYU coach that a scholarship was made available for him after his mission but for his own reasons Jake selected Utah over BYU. Big loss for the Cougars but Jake will probably move on and have a successful pro-career and be a fine representative of the State and the Church.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Aug. 7, 2013 2:24 p.m.

    Volleyball? The Ute’s are so intimidated by BYU’s nearly always ranked #5 or better team that they don’t even compete in men’s volleyball.

    Academics? Utah definitely is a better research school (offer more graduate programs and have more grant money) and BYU is definitely a better undergraduate institution.

    Basketball? Get real… BYU owns 11 of the last 12 and has been dancing six of the last seven. Utah? I think they beat Montana once. Or was it Sacramento State?

    So, ekute, I don’t think you were trying to be sarcastic or ironic, but perhaps you were. If so, thanks for again reminding us who clearly has the better athletic program. Hint: it’s not the one that dwells at the bottom of a stellar conference.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Aug. 7, 2013 2:23 p.m.

    RE: ekute

    "I too love my Pac12 membership. My membership makes the Utes The Best in baseball, rugby, volleyball, academically, women's gymnastics and, you didn't mention basketball but the Runnin' Utes are the best in that too. And...We have a long history of owning you're team in football."

    Are you being serious? Utah definitely has the best women's gymnastics team in the state, all the other things you listed are debatable at best.

    Baseball? In the last five years Utah is 115-153 (.429) and BYU is 142-130 (.526), and BYU owns the head-to-head 14-7.

    Rugby? Seriously, do you not read the paper? The Utes program is currently suspended and in the last five years BYU has three national titles and the other two years finished second… in the nation! And they own Utah 6-1 over that period with the lone loss being by two points.

  • Jenny83 Logan, UT
    Aug. 7, 2013 11:18 a.m.

    It has been reported that Pita didn't want to play for the Cougars because they just plain stink.

  • hymn to the silent Holladay, UT
    Aug. 6, 2013 8:21 p.m.

    Don't know if this kid will be good or not, don't know if he decided to go to the U because he felt it was a better fit, or he didn't like the atmosphere at BYU, or whatever. Doesn't matter. Seems like a good kid and I'm glad he has the chance to get his education paid for. But please, let's drop the "holier than thou" attitude at the Y. The U has to juggle scholarships for RMs too. I'm pretty sure "fit" was more of an issue than scholarship. Even Bronco isn't that dumb. And secondly, BYU's academic level is not higher than the U's. Their collective team GPA isn't even higher. The Newsweek ranking so often quoted takes into account cost, which is heavily subsidized by the LDS Church. If tuition was the same you would see the Y slip way below the U. All other credible ranking institutions have the U higher. No knock on the Y, you still have to get grades, and some of their programs are ranked higher than the U (accounting, communications). But better overall? Nope. That's a myth.

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    Aug. 6, 2013 4:46 p.m.


    After failing to meet academic requirements at BYU, Star spent 2007 building furniture before deciding to get back into football at Snow. BYU simply lost track of Star and Utah was the fortunate recipient of BYU's loss.

    As far as Pita is concerned, it remains to be seen where he ultimately ends up playing. At this point, it's far from a given that he'll be academically eligible to play at either BYU or Utah.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 6, 2013 12:20 p.m.

    From what I have read, Pita Taumoepenu won't be eligible to play until 2014 anyway. If that is the case, and he REALLY wanted to go to byU, wouldn't byU have a spot open for him in 2014?

    Just wondering....

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 11:28 p.m.

    @Elk Hair Caddis

    You're absolutely right, Hans Olsen says the offer was withdrawn. He was not an insider and had no first hand knowledge however.

    But Manti Te'o said it wasn't. His dad Bruce didn't say it was. Bronco did not say it was. He was still being recruited on signing day. Again, he never committed to BYU.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 11:07 p.m.

    I assume you meant Harvey Unga, I corrected that it was Manase Tonga on page two. If you did mean Langi, he is currently serving a mission as others have stated.

    @Elk Hair Caddis

    I stand by my statement. Manti Teo never commited to come to BYU. His cousin did but was asked to leave after getting arrested for a DUI and not telling Coach Mendenhall. If you want to say BYU withdrew their offer after Manti did the unspeakable of committing somewhere else first...more power to you. Manti didn't commit anywhere until signing day when he surprised USC and went to Notre Dame. USC thought Norm Chow and convinced him to come to USC but Charlie Weis won out.

    Aug. 5, 2013 10:33 p.m.

    First regarding the point of the article. This young man changed his mind, probably because he didn't have a scholarship to the Y but who knows if that was the only reason. Nothing indicates he will have a scholarship at Utah right now.

    Second, what a total bunch of garbage in numerous posts about Star, Murphy, Teo, and Langi. Several posters clarified the Langi situation (he's on a mission), some clarified Teo (he was going to pick ND over BYU and had nothing to do with a scholarship). Murphy felt Utah was a better fit, same thing happened with Unga deciding BYU was a better fit. Finally, Star went to JC because of academic reasons. He WAS given an offer from BYU after JC but choose Utah.

  • Elk Hair Caddis Sandy, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 9:31 p.m.

    U25 please read Star's quotes from the D news story of May 1st 2012 written by Brandon Gurney. Even Star said he had no offer from BYU comming out of JC.

  • Elk Hair Caddis Sandy, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 9:22 p.m.


    I suggest you read Hans Olsen's quotes from a Deseret News article of Jan 27th 2009 written by Jeff Call, Amy Donaldson, and Dick Harmon so you can get the Manti Teo story straight. Manti's offer was pulled as was Star's after he struggled academically on the junior college level.

    Aug. 5, 2013 9:01 p.m.

    Is the "high academic standard" argument really being brought up again? After a certain team took a player this year who had to sit out an entire year of junior college athletics to focus on getting his academic eligibility to the level that any school would take him? Keep using it if it keeps you feeling superior.

  • reasonableUTE Provo, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 8:57 p.m.

    @ SLCWatch

    Harvey langey didn't serve a mission...

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 5, 2013 6:06 p.m.

    BigCougar: "Really talented kids who commit to BYU from Timp are going to be under extremely heavy barrage of pressure from Whit's brother to switch their commitment"

    This kid wanted an offer from Utah when he first visited, but Utah didn't offer him then, so he "settled" on byU. Things obviously changed from that moment at both Utah and byU. He did finally get an offer from Utah, and accepted it. Deal with it and move on. It had NOTHING to do with undue pressures or undue influence from Timp's head coach. He chose Utah over byU. byU lost him to the big brother on the hill - maligning the character of a good man and coach won't make the facts change.

    Go Utes!

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 5:59 p.m.

    I refer you to the book on Bronco's program, "Running into the wind." Bronco requires a 3.00 GPA. He is insistant that student atheletes actually have a higher standard. Sorry you have not read the book. It's a good read but part two is a little redundant.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 5, 2013 5:57 p.m.

    Just Truth: Please re-read my post. Star had an offer from byU coming out of Snow! byU lost him when he chose Utah over byU coming out of Snow. He was only an academic casualty to byU coming out of high school.

    "But I guess facts don't get in the way of great reporting like yours...haha"

    Go Utes!! Onward and Upward!!

  • u25 West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 4:53 p.m.

    Star was a full qualifier out of snow, I don't know why bronco wasnt interested in him then but that looks like a major failure on his part. Claiming players didn't go to the y because of their high academic standard is a myth, academic standards are so much lower for athletes than it is for the general student.

  • slcjimmy SLC, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 3:51 p.m.

    I'm most certain this comment will not be "approved" by the Deseret News. However, it seems to me that many individuals most of whom are located in Utah County truly need to brush up on their facts! One of the NUMEROUS reasons the PAC 12 had ZERO interest in BYU was not only weak athletics & the inability to constantly compete in a conference like the PAC 12 but also its academics. Yes! Fact. I'm aware how much you all hate them in Provo but The U of U offers many more graduate degrees and the PhD level is light years ahead of that other school down in Provo!

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 3:07 p.m.

    Well, I think this effectively closes the Timpview pipeline we enjoyed when Louis Wong was coach. Really talented kids who commit to BYU from Timp are going to be under extremely heavy barrage of pressure from Whit's brother to switch their commitment. Chalk one up to the Whittinghams.

    I wonder if they can get Fred Jr in as the HC at Bingham now?

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 5, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    @Just Truth
    I'd rather have BYU's predicament of turning potential greats away because the cupboard is full, than Utah's fall back plan of waiting for the leftovers.


    If you define "potential greats" as NFL talent then you are wrong.

    I think the kid wants to play in the NFL. If that's the case then Utah is the place, if firesides are more important to him then the legacy program down south should have been the choice.

    Current NFL Roster:

    Utah 31
    BYU 15
    Utah State 13
    Weber State 3

  • ekute Layton, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 2:21 p.m.

    I too love my Pac12 membership. My membership makes the Utes The Best in baseball, rugby, volleyball, academically, women's gymnastics and, you didn't mention basketball but the Runnin' Utes are the best in that too.

    And...We have a long history of owning you're team in football.

  • Just Truth Saratoga Springs, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 2:17 p.m.

    Yes, VegasUte, star had an offer at BYU, didn't make the grade, lost the offer, and went to Snow, then transferred to the U where a scholarship was available. That's hardly losing a recruit. But I guess facts don't get in the way of great reporting like yours...haha

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 5, 2013 2:15 p.m.

    Here are some others who love utah's membership in the Pac-12:
    University of Arizona
    Arizona State University
    University of Oregon
    Oregon State University
    University of Washington
    Washington State University
    University of California - Berkeley
    University of California - Las Angeles
    University of Southern California
    Stanford University
    University of Colorado

    Did I miss anyone?

  • RealBlue Holladay, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 2:11 p.m.

    Chris B. - It feels great seeing your beloved utes get smacked around week in and week out. But good luck this year in your pac12 your going to need it.

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    Please define "best program in the state". Best at football? USU doesn't think so.

    Two questions -

    1. Why are you trying to have a conversation with Chris B?

    2. Why should we care what USU thinks about who has the best football program in the state? Every program should think they are the best, and most fans will think their program is the best. USU beating Utah 1 time since '97 doesn't prove much on its own, but win 2 in a row and a conversation can be had. Add to that USU has lost two BYU twice in a row, a team that Utah has beaten 3 times in a row. Football starts in 24 days, thats when USU fans can start thinking they are the best if they win in week 1.

    As of now Utah is the best football "program" in the state. Last year USU was the best "team" in state.

    As for any other sports, irrelevant in this discussion.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Aug. 5, 2013 1:37 p.m.

    @ Chris B - "I love my BCS Pac 12 membership and being the best program in the state!"

    Two questions -

    1. Do U have a membership in the PAC or is the University a member of the PAC? I didn't know they were issuing individual memberships.

    2. Please define "best program in the state". Best at football? USU doesn't think so. Best at basketball? Nobody thinks so. Best at baseball? I don't think so. Best at Rugby or Volleyball? Not even close. Best academically? Not according to US News. Best at women's gymnastics? That's it. U probably meant to say best gymnastics program in the state.

  • DrUte Woods Cross, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 12:36 p.m.

    Agree with Mr. Passion --- could have occurred for any number of reasons, and it would be indiscreet for any program to offer and then withdraw a scholarship.

    This is not necessarily a slam against BYU, just another young man laying his cards on the table & trying to choose his optimal personal pathway based on the advice he receives and his perspective of chances/options to play.

    Blogs are also reporting, for example, Miami's first string Sam LB is moving to Utah after two years in Southern Florida; he'll have a RS year, but with Brian Blechen currently in his senior year, the timing could be great for him. (Haven't seen info from Miami as to why the move is happening.)

    And probably more turbulence is on the way.... Very well could be alot more moves during the next few weeks / months before Signing Day, most likely this is just one of many.

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    Shame on those few who have questioned his character. Did we learn nothing this past week when a Utah player and a Texas A&M player died?

  • Cougar Passion Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    Regardless of the reasons for Pita going to Utah, it is true that there is little BYU can do when all of their scholarships have been offered based on the comings and goings of players. Pita sounds like an extremely talented player, one that I would like to see at BYU. But if he said he was going on a mission, clearly BYU would not offer him a scholarship so that it could sit unused for two years. When his plans changed, were the BYU coaches then supposed to pull a scholarship offer from another player to whom it had already been promised? I certainly wouldn't want them to do that, even though it is costing them in this case and it cost them with Jake Murphy. Dealing honorably even when it costs you in the short run is better than losing integrity for the sake of winning at all costs.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 5, 2013 11:55 a.m.

    Every one from Utah County refuses to accept that byU DID offer Star out of Snow. All the reporting services state that he had an offer. The only evidence I have been given to the contrary is an article written by Gurney (?) - who is hardly objective - quoting an obscure statement made by an unnamed assistant coach.

    It seems that byU fans approach their recruits the same way they approach their football games - they have never lost a single one!

    Go Utes!

  • Just Truth Saratoga Springs, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 11:44 a.m.

    It's just a matter of scholarships lining up at the right time. But two can play the game of twisting the article on these silly comment boards. From my perspective, this is how it is when a player wants to play for the best college in the state, BYU. But yeah, Utah always seems to have an opening if the first choice falls through. Guess what? Weber State would accommodate this young man also. I'd rather have BYU's predicament of turning potential greats away because the cupboard is full, than Utah's fall back plan of waiting for the leftovers.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Aug. 5, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    Welcome to Ute Nation young man! You obviously made the right choice. We look forward to watching you grow in the classroom and on the field!


    "so he had to settle for Utah"

    LOL! Ya, he had to settle ... just like Sealver Siliga, Star, Jake Murphy, Davion Orphey, et al.

    Spin away!!

    Go Utes!!

    Go Utes!!

  • Carson Provo, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    I love how BYU fans just make stuff up to excuse their own miserable failures. Nothing better than the jealous rantings from Cougar fans on Utah articles LOL at the Y fans who continue to come in hoards to Utah boards seeking validation.

  • bradleyc Layton, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    "Personally he’s got things that he hasn’t shared with or anybody else"

    Probably other things involved in his decision. I wish him the best.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Aug. 5, 2013 10:12 a.m.

    Wardog--I consider myself a much higher caliber than the average "moran." I don't say moranic things and even though I'm not a BYU fan and I'm not a Morman--I love my Morman friends and neighbors and I respect Brancos progrom. But I think that the idea of the kid wanting to be a part of the PAC 12 is totally conceivable and I totolly respect his decisian.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    why ride the pines when you can start right now on the Utes.....wont win many games but who cares if you are starting?

  • Wendall Hoop Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    SLCWatch - "By the way, I am glad he could get into a school on scholarship. But I hope he doesn't give up on the mission because it's far more important than football. Hope Utah coaches keep that option open for him."

    I agree. Knowing players and coaches up there, he will go on a mission unless he stops practicing the faith. They have lots of RM's there and the defense coaches are supportive as well.

  • shorts Payson, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    RE:Elk Hair Caddis
    Sandy, UT

    You have some facts wrong.
    "Star lotulelei was originally headed to BYU then the offer was pulled and he did great at Utah." Star had to go to JRCO route. BYU did not pull his offer. They just did not offer him again went he finish at Snow. BYU's mistake.

    "Manti Teo was originally slated for BYU then the offer was pulled and he did fine at Notre Dame." Manti Teo sign with ND and never sign with BYU so BYU could not pull an offer that was not taken. Nothing BYU could do here.

  • shorts Payson, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    I hope he is happy at Utah and get a chance to play well. Best of luck.

  • E & EE Ann arbor, MI
    Aug. 5, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    Based on some of Whittingham's comments, I wonder if there are some issues preventing him from serving a mission. Perhaps that is why he has changed his plans.

    Whether that's the case or not I hope he still ends up on a mission someday. And it's (maybe) unfortunate that BYU let him get away. Time will tell.

  • AlottaBallatas Centerville, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    @Elk Hair Caddis

    "Manti Teo was originally slated for BYU then the offer was pulled and he did fine at Notre Dame."

    Factually, you are correct but circumstantially a different story. Bronco pulled Teo's scholarship only after he was courting a prettier girl in Notre Dame. Notre Dame was not a second choice.

    But yes, I suppose we can hang our hat on BYU rejected him.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 9:20 a.m.

    You were right about Harvey Unga, it was Manase Tonga I was thinking about. My point was that the schools both have people who switch. They are young and often change their minds. Neither school is better than the other as a general rule.

    As to Star BYU does have a higher entrance level and Bronco Mendenhall has an even higher level. Star did great getting his up but not to the level the Y required. Utah has a state school entrance level and it's not as high so after a year he qualified there. He still likes the Y but his college and career choices were on hold so he moved on. It's not a "gang" red/blue kind of thing.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 5, 2013 8:47 a.m.

    Re: 3grandslams

    Not to worry, after this season LittleWhit won't have a big brother in the coaching profession.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    Aug. 5, 2013 8:31 a.m.

    In other words, somebody talked the kid out of going on a mission. How special.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Aug. 5, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    Lets see...Whittingham gets a BYU commit to change his commitment from BYU to Utah for, Oh yea, Coach Whittingham his brother. Never saw that coming. It will happen again...

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 8:12 a.m.


    "He had to settle for Utah." Really? Going from a mediocre independent to a PAC-12 school is hardly "settling." BYU (and Bronco) have lost some outstanding talent to Utah; this kid is just the latest to see the proverbial light.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 8:08 a.m.

    I love my BCS Pac 12 membership and being the best program in the state!

    Go Utes!

    How does it feel cougars?


  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 7:31 a.m.

    More Pac-12 Patch spin...

    Conference spin only helps when you're one of the Big Boys of your league.
    Conference Bottom-feeders i.e Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Duke etc. don't ever play that card. They play up their academics, another area where Utah falls behind not only BYU, but the rest of the Pac.

    No Whitt, he's coming your way because BYU didn't have room for him at this time.
    Just as Jake Murphy did.

    Being honest with young men you are recruiting and your fans, will go a long way in establishing credibility.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 7:22 a.m.

    Thx for the heads up on Langi.
    That's great news!!!

  • thebigsamoan Richmond, VA
    Aug. 5, 2013 6:52 a.m.

    Congrats to the Utes for winning over another BYU commit! Whether it's a lack of scholarship or the Whittingham connection it doesn't matter. This Cougar faithful wishes him the best and hope he'll shine where he's planted. If BYU can still compete and maintain a level of success with the talents they're able to get then that's all that matters. I love it when they can still compete with no name athletes others looked down on as just 2 stars or even no stars. I love it also that these kids have missions on their minds besides football. Great things awaits them when the Lord is made an important part of their lives. I am obviously very proud of the poly pipeline to all the Utah schools and hope BYU will continue to win it's fair share.

    Go Cougs beat the Utes and Aggies! And yes I do love both those schools too!

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 3:50 a.m.


    I'm pretty sure Unga didn't serve a mission, unless it was the Max Hall version. He was 20 when he was MWC Freshman of the Year.

    As to Star going to the U after Snow, I've never seen any evidence BYU wouldn't have accepted him after Snow.

    Taumoepenu seems extremely athletic, but inexperienced. Ziggy 2?

  • Alterego Harrisville, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 12:12 a.m.

    he's sure to make "all american" first team now and lead the utes to 7 or 8 rose bowl victories.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Aug. 5, 2013 12:11 a.m.

    Ute nation has their arms wide open for this kid. Not sure he has a scholarship at Utah. Article just says he had an extreme interest in the Utes. Hope he works hard and turns into the talent that will earn him a full scholarship. The Polynesian culture is strong at the U, and surely had a lot to do with his commitment.

    BYU does what a lot of schools do, and offers way too many scholarships - more than they can give out. If they want to walk the talk, they should hold off extending offers a little longer. Are they so worried that their recruits will change their minds once the BCS schools make their offers?

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Aug. 4, 2013 11:55 p.m.

    Sorry, I don't understand the Y fans who are now doubting this kids talent. Managing scholarships, missions and NCAA rules is tough business - especially when mission plans change.

    I'm disappointed we lost Pita, but we get our fair share of athletes who commit to other programs and then come to BYU after their missions. (No, we don't recruit them on their missions.)

    One of the other ones I'm very disappointed we lost is DeMarcus Harrison on the basketball team, because of no scholarship after he postponed his mission for a year.

    I wish Pita well and hope he still decides to serve.

  • Cougars1 Bluffdale, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 11:33 p.m.


    Langi is on a mission.

  • mindgames Aurora, CO
    Aug. 4, 2013 11:23 p.m.

    Sorry to see him leaving BYU...I'm sure he had his reasons, and they are probably not all because of the lack of scholarships.

    Glad he stayed instate.

    ESPN had him going to Hawaii.

    No stars means nothing. It what he does in practice and on the field that counts.

    He'll probably end up as a linebacker and the Y is loaded with outstanding linebackers.

  • Steve Leeflang Sunnyvale, CA
    Aug. 4, 2013 11:21 p.m.

    Steven S Jarvis

    D news reported last year that Langi was to enter the MTC in July 2012.... hopefully that's why we haven't heard about him

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 11:09 p.m.

    Kyle Whittingham (head coach at Utah)

    Cary Whittingham (head coach Timpview HS)


  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 11:02 p.m.

    By the way, I am glad he could get into a school on scholarship. But I hope he doesn't give up on the mission because it's far more important than football. Hope Utah coaches keep that option open for him.

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 10:59 p.m.

    @Elk Hair Caddis

    Star Lotulelei did not meet academic standards and couldn't enter BYU, his scholarship waited for him while he went to Snow. He ended up at the U because the academic standard was easir to meet. Too Bad BYU lost him but it was because of his academics not BYU pulling the scholarship.

    Manti Teo never accepted BYU's offer because he saw Notre Dame as a better choice. His offer was not pulled

    You didn't mention Jake Murphy but he chose BYU out of high school, but left on a mission first. When he came back early the Y didn't have a scholarship because he wasn't scheduled to be back early. So he and his Dad went up to Utah and talked to the coaches. He chose Utah who did have a scholarship.

    It goes both ways sometimes. Harvey Unga was a Utah recruit but chose BYU after his mission.
    Both schools are usually trying for the same good Utah players.
    Don't worry about it.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 10:55 p.m.

    Steven S Jarvis says...
    "I hope (Pita) still goes on a mission before playing"
    "I'm not even sure if Langi is still on the team at this point."

    Langi is serving a mission, just like you hope for Pita. He will rejoin the team in 2014.

  • YBALL Provo, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 10:50 p.m.


    Harvey Langi is actually serving a mission. I had wondered what happened with him also.

  • phatness SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 10:33 p.m.

    This will likely be another scholarship mishap that the Cougars will lament. I think of how the Cougars would be better off if Jake Murphy had his scholarship available at the Y when he needed it...

    Flubs will happen though, and both BYU and the U of U have good programs. Best wishes to Pita at his new school of choice, even though I was hoping to see him playing for the Cougs.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 10:32 p.m.

    West Point , UT

    "It doesn't sound like he had much choice."

    Ahhh... the old reliable "he really didn't have a choice to attend BYU" excuse...

    With several players retiring due to injury... BYU had the scholarships... he just chose Utah... is that too hard to admit?

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 10:29 p.m.

    Lost Murphy by not tracking scholarships correctly... What is up with BYU managing the scholarship numbers and commitments?

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 10:06 p.m.

    Its a shame Pita will be wearing the crimson red instead of the Cougar blue. I hope he still goes on a mission before playing, but it sounds like he changed commitments for the chance at playing immediately.

    I remember another stud athlete both teams wanted out of Bingham who chose Utah over BYU to have a chance to play right away. Even though he was the top in-state recruit that year he only has saw limited action and most of it on special teams wasting eligibility. I'm not even sure if Langi is still on the team at this point.

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 9:53 p.m.

    Pretty raw but obviously talented enough to play at the next level. Hopefully he can become a great player.

    Happy to have him as a Ute!

  • u25 West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 9:36 p.m.

    How does bronco let one of the best recruits in last years class get away.

  • Elk Hair Caddis Sandy, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 9:25 p.m.

    I wish him the best. He is a young kid trying figure things out.

    Star lotulelei was originally headed to BYU then the offer was pulled and he did great at Utah.

    Manti Teo was originally slated for BYU then the offer was pulled and he did fine at Notre Dame.

    Not sure why BYU lost this kid but it is a loss. I hope he does great at Utah.

    BYU will do fine without him.

  • clehman Sandy, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 9:03 p.m.

    @More Mature Y Fan

    Yeah. A "moran". Like Erin Moran, who was in Happy Days.

    Speaking of Happy Days, congratulations to the fine young man joining the Utes!

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Aug. 4, 2013 8:58 p.m.


    Those grapes are pretty sour, aren't they? And the reason this player is "only" 2 stars (like other football flops like Eric Weddle and Alex Smith), according to many BYU pundits when he committed to BYU, is because he's only played one year of football.

    You'd look better if you just admitted that this one got away. You know...take it like a man.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 8:41 p.m.

    It doesn't sound like he had much choice. He chose BYU but they didn't have a scholarship for him so he had to settle for Utah. Who knows what the deal was with BYU not having a scholarship for him when they obviously offered...some mismanagement issues I'm sure. It's hard to juggle at times at BYU with the missionary program. It's not the first time it's happened and won't be the last.

  • Wiscougarfan River Falls, WI
    Aug. 4, 2013 8:00 p.m.

    Bummer for BYU but congrats to Utah, seems like a stand-up kid. He should represent his country and his family well.

  • Howard S. Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 7:48 p.m.

    The young man chose well... he accepted the challenge of testing and improving his considerable skills in one of the strongest football conferences in the country.

  • More Mature Y Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 7:23 p.m.

    Complete moran? Sigh...

    Wonderful representation.

  • adwight AMERICAN FORK, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 7:21 p.m.

    BYU = stupid. You find a place on your roster for this kid. You just had a scholarship player retire due to injury. Where did his schollie go?

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 6:56 p.m.

    Hopefully AZUTE will accept u Pita seeing that you're only a 2 star on scout and unrated in rivals. Maybe he'll allow you to play for the scout team since he has so much to do with the ute program and their 4 star status. Lol

  • War dog Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 4, 2013 6:55 p.m.

    Coach wit really trying to play the PAC 12 angle in hopes it will help with other recruits. Fact is it had nothing to do with the PAC 12 as anyone who is not complete moran could tell from the article