College, here we come: recruits sign letters of intent
Apr 03, 2017 11:35AM ● Published by Greg James
Lorenzo Fauatea, Logan Lutui, Tevita Tauvoa and Tielu Tiatia signed their letters of intent to play college football. (Kolbie James/Hunter yearbook)
By Greg James | firstname.lastname@example.org
West Valley students were not left out on national signing day Feb. 1. Several Granger, Hunter and Cyprus football players inked their names on their letters of intent.
“They have put in the time and effort and are now being rewarded for their accomplishments,” Hunter head football coach Scott Henderson told a gathering of parents and students in the Hunter library on signing day.
Lorenzo Fauatea chose the Brigham Young University hat from the table in front of him as he picked up the pen to sign his letter. The hat choice has become an integral part of most signing day ceremonies.
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive lineman was rated the fifth top prospect in Utah by Scout.com. He had narrowed his choices to Utah, BYU and at one point had committed to Oregon State.
Hunter also produced three other signees, all lineman.
Defensive end Logan Lutui signed to join Weber State. The senior was named honorable mention all-state and received an academic all-region award. He plans on majoring in business.
Tevita Tauvoa signed a letter of intent to Snow College. The 6-foot-1, 255-pound lineman joins the Badgers this fall, a year after they finished 6-4.
The Wolverines depleted their line with its last signee. Tielu Tiatia decided to sign with Southern Utah University. At 6 foot, 230 pounds he is the smallest of the Wolverines to depart.
“It is important for these kids to obtain a high GPA (grade point average). I hope you all understand for now on you will represent Hunter High,” Henderson explained to his departing players.
A 2014 Granger graduate, Khyiris Tonga made waves, he decommitted from the University of Utah and signed to attend BYU. The versatile offense and defensive lineman is expected to compete right away for the Cougars.
He recently returned from an LDS mission in Kansas and changed his allegiance. He also played some tight end for the Lancers.
Granger defensive back Sommy Achebo signed for Southern Utah University. He was labeled an under the radar safety by Scout.com.
“I hope you (Achebo) realize that you at that school affects these kids (pointing at other players) here at Granger. We want other kids to get where you are,” Lancer head coach Mike Morgan told the Lancer signee.
Cyprus was not to be left out of the signing day parties. The Pirates had two players sign with prominent junior colleges.
TJ Palu signed with Snow College. He is a 6-foot-2, 258-pound defensive tackle. He led the Pirates in tackles for loss last season.
The Pirates leading tackler Omar Campos signed to attend Riverside City Community College. He is a high speed middle linebacker. He has maintained a 3.9 cumulative grade point average. His 4.78 second 40-yard dash time and 28-inch vertical jump rate high on huddle.com among other linebackers.
“I talk to a lot of college coaches that tell me if you are a player they will find you. Too many kids think that if you want a scholarship you have to go to a certain school. It is true family when you play with the kids you have grown up with,” Henderson said.
Signing day has become an event that West Valley schools are not going to be left out of.