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By Kent Larsen
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BYU Apparently Persuades Highly-Rated Defensive Lineman

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Highly-rated defensive lineman Haloti Ngata has apparently committed to attend BYU after a confusing series of events which had him committed to attending Nebraska and later leaning toward Oregon. But his mother, Olga, had him call the Deseret News on Tuesday, January 15th to announce the decision and, hopefully, end the recruiting calls the family is getting.

Ngata first committed to Nebraska in early December, but then rescinded the commitment a few days later over fears that Nebraska wouldn't support his plans to serve an LDS mission. As recently as Monday, January 14th, Ngata had Oregon assistant coach Mike Gillhamer happy that he was leaning toward his school, and told the Salt Lake Tribune that in an interview Monday.

But when his mother read that her son was leaning toward Oregon in Tuesday's Tribune, she made him call the Deseret News and confirm a commitment to BYU. Ngata visited BYU recently and was reportedly pleased with the religious atmosphere, large Pacific Islander presence and frankness of coach Gary Crowton. Despite the public statements, a player's parents must sign a national letter of intent starting February 6th before the decision is final.


Highland's Ngata Appears Headed to BYU After All
Salt Lake Tribune 16Jan02 S2
By Jay Drew: Salt Lake Tribune


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