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DE Isaiah Nacua


DEFENSIVE END | 6’2″ 240 lbs | Provo, UT | 3-star – 85.82 rating | #31 DE
STATUS: Committed to BYU

Nacua is definitely the most enigmatic of BYU’s 2014 targets. Once committed to BYU along with brother Kai, Isaiah decommitted from BYU in the summer of 2013 before his senior season — or the offer was pulled, depending on who you talk to. 247 Sports still listed Nacua as a BYU commit; other services had him as uncommitted. Yesterday, Nacua announced that he had regained a BYU scholarship offer and was committing to play for the Cougars in 2016, following an LDS mission.

Nacua moved from Las Vegas (Bishop Gorman) to Provo (Timpview) to play his senior year after the death of his father, who died at 45 due to complications from diabetes. The Nacua brothers committed to BYU a month after his death, reportedly fulfilling their father’s football wish for them.

In this video, Nacua talks about his recruitment, saying he opened his recruitment after interest from several Pac-12 schools and after hearing from Alabama and Oregon. Consensus among services is that his top three offers are BYU, Utah, and Arizona State. About Utah, he says he “loves Jay Hill and all them” — Hill, formerly an energetic recruiter as a Utah assistant, is now the head coach at Weber State.

According to the Deseret News, Nacua recorded 71 tackles, including a whopping 18.5 sacks, in 13 games at Timpview.

Nacua’s main highlight video available seems to be his junior season from Bishop Gorman: