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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

BYU upset excites Rural prospect

September 8, 2009 - 6:24pm

Happenings on the city sports scene:

BRIGHAM YOUNG'S 14-13 victory over then-No. 3 ranked Oklahoma sent ripples through the world of college football last Saturday night.

It also sent ripples through Travis Tuiloma's household.

"I watched the whole game. I was screaming and yelling and running around the house when they won," Tuiloma said.

Tuiloma, Washburn Rural's 6-foot-3, 305-pound senior lineman, has a big rooting interest in the Cougars, having orally committed to BYU earlier this year.

Tuiloma caught the Cougars' eye after sending out game film and made the decision to attend BYU next fall without having ever stepped foot on the campus in Provo, Utah.

"They've been in contact with me since last spring," said Tuiloma, an All-City defensive pick last season. "I'm probably going to go out there for my official visit."

Tuiloma said the prospect of traveling 1,000 miles away from home to attend college doesn't bother him.

"I have a lot of family up there in Utah, and I'm Morman," Tuiloma said. "I don't think it will be a problem."

Tuiloma's cousin, former Rural All-City lineman Tomasi Mariner, is a grayshirt at Kansas State.

With a big senior season, Tuiloma might garner additional Division I offers, but he said he's comfortable with the decision he made.

"I'm not really talking to anyone right now," he said. "I'm going to stick with what I have."

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