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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Niwot’s David Angilau signs with BYU

Niwot’s David Angilau signs with BYU

David Angilau is looking forward to a family reunion of sorts next fall.

The Niwot High School senior signed a letter of intent Wednesday during National Signing Day to play football for Brigham Young University, where he will join three cousins.

“It’s a dream come true to go to a Division I school, especially BYU,” Angilau said.

Angilau was one of several student-athletes around the city to sign letters of intent Wednesday on what has been an annual holiday for prep athletes.

Angilau grew up as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and said, “I’ve always liked BYU.”

Recently, he’s liked the Cougars even more, as several family members have been on the team. Junior Mosese Foketi is a defensive lineman, sophomore Manase Tonga is a running back and freshman Matangi Tonga is a defensive lineman at BYU.

Matangi Tonga won’t be with the Cougars in the fall as he serves a mission, but Angilau will get to play with the other two.

Angilau, who plans to play two years at BYU before serving a mission, said playing Division I football never crossed his mind until he moved from California prior to his junior year.

“I never thought about it until I came here,” he said.

He blossomed as a junior, recording 15 sacks, 16 tackles for loss and earning Daily Times-Call Defensive Player of the Year honors.

BYU began showing interest following the 2005 season, and in June, Angilau attended their “junior day.”

“We did some drills and they offered me (a scholarship) when I was out there,” he said.

Colorado, Colorado State and Wyoming also expressed interest, but once BYU offered, Angilau accepted. A three-star recruit, and rated the 69th-best defensive tackle in the country by, Angilau committed to the Cougars in June, but couldn’t make his commitment official until Wednesday.

“I’m really excited,” he said. “It’s a privilege to play for BYU, or to play for any Division I school.”

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