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Monday, January 14, 2008

Solomone Kafu Verbals to BYU

Solomone Kafu, a 6-foot-5, 315-pound lineman from Rio Linda High School, has verbally committed to attend Brigham Young.

Rio Linda assistant coach Jack Garceau said that university did not initially consider Kafu, a senior, but the player received an offer to visit the campus from Cougars recruiters the day after a Dec. 21 profile about him appeared in The Bee.

Early in the recruiting process, Kafu, a Bee second-team All-Metro selection, had received offers from Sacramento State and UC Davis. The relatively low interest resulted in part because he plans to go on a two-year Mormon mission while in college.

"Things happened all at one time," Garceau said. "He went out on Friday (to Brigham Young), and he accepted their offer on Saturday. He walked into my classroom (Monday) with a smile ear to ear. He's going to go to his dream school, and his education will be free."

Garceau said Idaho State, Weber State and Utah State also tendered recruiting offers in recent weeks. Those schools wanted Kafu as an offensive lineman, but Garceau said BYU plans to use the player as a defensive tackle, his preferred position.

"He's canceled all his recruiting trips," Garceau said. "He's a 100 percent certain where he wants to go."

Kafu won't sign a national letter of intent until Feb. 6, the NCAA's first official signing day for football.

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