Mr. Football Puka Nacua has a long list of accolades. The Orem receiver's late father saw it all coming several years ago

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  • Mr. Boris Layton, UT
    Dec. 13, 2018 1:50 p.m.

    Ute fans somehow make everything about them and against BYU.

    Utah is one possession better than a middle of the pack independent for the past 10 seasons and somehow in their minds they are almost Alabama.

    Utah has every advantage against BYU from no honor code, low academic standards, and Pac 12 money and yet they can still barely beat BYU. Stop comparing yourself with BYU. The Utes shouldn't even be close to BYU but yet they are. And MWC Utah State is better right now than Utah.

    If the Utes were in any other conference they would be 8th or 9th place no matter what great local players are playing for them. Lucky for them they play in the weakest division of the weakest supposed P5 conference.

  • banliberals Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 13, 2018 1:25 p.m.

    I love how bloggers here pound and puff your chests like buying a ticket or a pair of red shoes somehow transforms you into a football star!

    This kid is going to USC....to win championships plain and simple........when you start winning championships, then you can talk!

    Good luck young man!

  • USC Fan in Utah Spanish Fork, UT
    Dec. 13, 2018 8:05 a.m.

    Congrats to Puka. He is a gifted athlete for sure. I am sure he will make the decision that is best for him and his family. With the addition of coach Kliff at USC and bringing in his high octane offense that must be exciting for Puka. He will have an outstanding corps of receivers around him and a great quarterback throwing to him. Of course I would love to see him at USC, but I wish him continued success wherever he lands. FIGHT ON

  • Just Smiling BOUNTIFUL, UT
    Dec. 13, 2018 12:33 a.m.

    @byu sports nut A few clarifications- 1. I'm not your bud 2. I'm referring to next year when the U's 4 best players aren't injured 3. You "suspect" USC and UCLA are reloading? Well I suspect that the U will beat byu 9 in a row next year, bud.

  • localblue Sandy, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 6:19 p.m.

    I hate to rain on this kid's parade and I wish the best for him, but he's going to have a hard time getting PT and making a name for himself at SC. It's a different world down there and he might find he's well down on the depth chart. If he were a lineman or maybe QB I'd think differently. But the other positions from Utah haven't translated well at other marquee schools. But either way, I'm glad he's doing what's right for him. Best of luck.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Dec. 12, 2018 5:15 p.m.

    I am hoping this is the year Utah can get 6 or 7 of the top 8 local prep recruits and makes the 'Hometown Heroes' a real foundation starting this season. Puka would be a GREAT sign. Also, Siaki Ika just might flip. Those two are one and two in the state. Plus with the best local kids all up on campus last week, their intentions and communications just might open up a Pandora's box of goodies like Sagapolu, Chase Roberts and the Bingham three (Tafuna, Langi and Pepa) as well.

  • Mountainman38 Idaho Falls, ID
    Dec. 12, 2018 4:51 p.m.

    If you plugged this Nacua into Utah's other young receiver group it could open the doors to the Rose Bowl. They have lacked a potent offense to go with their tough defense. The Utes already have the pieces in place for an excellent season in 2019, but adding a game breaking receiver to the cast would make it even better. Another plus for picking the Utes is their excellent receivers coach.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 3:13 p.m.

    I would love to see this kid stay in the state as well...but where is he going to play with an elite QB and in a passing/potent offense here in this state? If you're an elite receiver you don't give yourself the best chance at the NFL playing with guys like Huntley, Shelley, Wilson, etc...is what it is.

    Best of luck Puka! Hope you have a great career wherever you choose to play.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 1:28 p.m.

    Puka, best of luck in your bright future. Wishing you were staying local but hope for the best for you and your family.

    We'll miss you at OHS!

  • ArizonaUte SLC, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 1:16 p.m.

    Would LOVE Puka to play at Utah. The kid is a true talent and great human being.

    @BYU Sports Nut - Heber City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 11:24 a.m.

    You asked: "When was the PAC-12 Championship again? "

    The answer: If you read the actual comment you see that it was suggesting that Puka could help get them there. It was a projection. And he's right. Puka really could help.

    He could end up being Utah's all time leading WR. And Steve Smith would be happy for the kid.

    So, Utah played in the CCG, THIS YEAR. They didn't win it, but I predict they play in it again next yr. and do win it. Next yr. could be a special yr. for Utah. Rose Bowl or CFP.

    They will start preseason ranked and likely be the favorite to win the South.

    And yes, BYU is technically on the rise. They went from 9 losses last yr. to only 6 so far this yr.

    Western Michigan beat NIU, who beat BYU in Provo. Just say'n. WM won't be a push over.

  • mkwhit WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 12:49 p.m.

    I'd love to see him follow Kai, but that isn't in the cards. He sounds like a good man and I wish him well, wherever he goes and whatever he becomes.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 12:28 p.m.

    Good Job Puka.

    Keep working hard and you might be as good as Bryan Rowley who is is probably the best athlete to come out of Orem High.

    I know you didn't write the article, but see how those backhanded compliments turn out? There has been some great athletes to come out of OHS. That school has been a power house for decades.

    Work hard and do us all proud. Maybe you will be the best....someday!

  • KimmyP Grantsville, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 11:50 a.m.

    @sportsnut

    "it's gonna be a while bud"...

    while this may be true, no matter how long it takes, it will be long before byu ever plays in any P5 championship game, let alone the Pac12 championship game. 😹

  • CO Ute Chandler, AZ
    Dec. 12, 2018 11:45 a.m.

    @sportsnut - suggest you read the post thoroughly before commenting. Nothing was written about “another” championship. Clearly the comment was predicting that the Utes will win a championship, not that they have done so already.

  • BYU Sports Nut Heber City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 11:24 a.m.

    I would love to see this kid in Provo. Like Kai we would develop him into an NFL talent. #BYUontherise
    @Just Smiling - BOUNTIFUL, UT
    When was the PAC-12 Championship again? I don't think that has happened yet and since it didn't this year I would suspect that USC and UCLA are simply reloading. It's gonna be a while bud.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 10:38 a.m.

    I thought that when BYU hired Sitaki they were supposed to get all the Polynesian players. I do hope he will reconsider and go to Utah. I think it is sad when our instate high school programs develop talented players, and then they go off to some out of state school. However, playing in the sunshine of southern California is a big attraction.

  • Zaruski SLC, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 10:27 a.m.

    Well, at least he won't have to worry about missing watching the Utes play their bowl game XD

  • Just Smiling BOUNTIFUL, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 9:36 a.m.

    What a fine young man. Hope he changes his mind and goes to the U. That way he could be on the Pac 12 championship team, stay grounded and have the local support who already loves him and appreciates him, have coaches that focus on him and his NFL and life aspirations and be close for family and friends to attend his games. Good luck irregardless.

  • JackRyanSLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 8:31 a.m.

    It would be so awesome if this kid would change his commitment to Utah so he could play with his brother. The fan base would go crazy cheering for a local kid...he is just what Troy Taylor needs to help take this offense to the next level.