U. recruit left Dad in the dark

            They say when a coach is recruiting, he first must sell the parents.

            Other times, the parents don’t really get in on the action.          

            A case in point is Utah defensive lineman Moana Ofahengaue, from Westlake High in Saratoga Springs. Ofahengaue is 6-foot-3, 235 pounds and a true freshman. One of the best things about him is gaining 30 pounds in the last year.

            But how he ended up at Utah was a surprise to his parents. His father, Tevita Ofahengaue, played at BYU in the late 1990s and early 2000s and was drafted in 2001. The elder Ofahengaue was also a recruiting staffer for the Utes in Kyle Whittingham’s first season as Utah’s head coach.

            But Tevita was saying this week that it was “funny because when [Moana] committed I was shocked, because he wanted to go on with his life. I was pushing other schools. Michigan was one I heavily pushed; Arizona was another. Florida State was another I was pushing.”

            Ofahengaue said he didn’t know his son wanted to stay close to home until it happened.

            “He said, ‘Coach Whit, I want to commit today,’” said Tevita. “I was like, ‘What? Coach Whit? If [Moana] had told me this, I wouldn’t have even talked about the other schools.”


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