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rescinded the commitment a few days later over fears that Nebraska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