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Towering Lapuaho Chooses BYU

10 February 2011 Brett Richins 6 Comments

Lui Lapuaho prepares to sign his LOI with BYU

New BYU Cougar Ului Lapuaho will be a big man on campus — literally.

At 6-7, 285 Lapuaho is part of the 2011 recruiting class that will wear the white and blue for Bronco Mendenhall beginning this fall.

“Lui” as he is known to family and friends played at Hunter High School in West Valley City, Utah where he was tabbed as a 5-A First Team All-State player at offensive tackle.

Football runs in Lui’s blood.

HeĀ  is the son of former Cougar Rob Lapuaho, who was part of the program during the 1980’s and has spent time coaching football at the high school level in Utah.

Lapuaho, who verbally committed to BYU last February, has been focusing his effort in the weight room and classroom while waiting for his opportunity to sign with the Cougars.

At 6-7 Lui has plenty of frame to add weight to. One thing that stands out about him when you meet him is how lean and athletic he appears at 285 pounds. He gained nearly 50 pounds over the span of a year as a junior, and he could easily handle another 50 pounds.

The BYU coaches would like to see him continue to improve his bulk and strength, but his athleticism and explosion off the line off scrimmage is already impressive. He will be a bit of a project as his body fills out and catches up to his talent.

The fact that Lui has mission plans, and that BYU has significant talent at offensive line already in the program, should give him the opportunity to mature physically before stepping onto the field and taking his place in the long line of talented offensive tackles to play in Provo.

Lui has also been working over the past couple of years to improve his grades and study habits, something that he freely admits he needed to put more of a priority on than when he was a freshman and sophomore. His improvement academically allowed the Cougar coaches to feel comfortable about offering him.

Once they did offer, Lapuaho jumped at the opportunity to commit to don a Cougar uniform — then had to wait for nearly a year for the big day to arrive to sign his national letter of intent and fax it in to BYU.

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6 Comments »

  • Spencer said:

    Idk what you’re doing to make all of these recruits smile so much but it’s fun to watch. I’m always excited about recruiting lineman because I feel like there are a lot more wildcard players that seem to out perform the others. This kid looks really small in the face so I’m thinking 230-250 could be his playing weight when he finally hits the field. All of this years recruits look solid. Any way that we could get a little more info on how each of these players did their senior year?

  • Spencer said:

    Haha I meant he could play around 330-350.

  • Brett Richins said:

    Spencer,

    They are smiling because they are going to be playing football for BYU, you would be smiling too!

  • John said:

    Defensive end sounds good. Let’s keep him under 300.

  • Spencer said:

    @ Brett

    Haha very true. That would be a dream come true.

  • Martin said:

    If he has natural athleticism and size why not convert him to play DE? That 6’7″ height would make him a pass blocking stud like Putnam and Manu.

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