Loyal Cougars

DE Uriah Leiataua


DEFENSIVE END | 6’2.5″ 232 lbs | Compton, CA | 3-star – 83.82 rating
STATUS: Signed with BYU

By all accounts, BYU is Uriah Leiataua’s dream school. It is puzzling that BYU did not extend a scholarship offer to Leiataua until very late in the recruiting process. Offers from six Pac-12 schools and Wisconsin seemed to indicate that his abilities certainly merited early consideration. And Uriah’s admittance to Stanford would lead one to believe that his academics are in order. Precisely why Cougar coaches were so gun-shy to extend a scholarship offer remains a mystery. But, this much we know: BYU came on strong lately in a push to obtain Leiataua’s services on the Defensive Line following his missionary service. Will that be enough for him to sign at BYU?

After being admitted to Stanford, Leaiataua was quick to announce his commitment to the Cardinal on January 13. However, after visiting BYU this past weekend with a handful of other recruits, Uriah’s tweets seemed to indicate a tough decision ahead of him. A few recruits on the visit indicated that they would be surprised if Leiataua did NOT sign with BYU on Wednesday. As late as Tuesday afternoon, Leiataua seemed to be completely unsure of which school to choose.