West Valley City (Utah) Granger offensive lineman Manu Mulitalo has had a busy spring and summer. After dominating at the Los Angeles NIKE Training Camp, Mulitalo just returned from a quick visit to BYU's Junior Day, where he also had a strong showing.
"BYU went pretty well, and I liked it," Mulitalo, a three-star prospect, said. "The competition was pretty good. There was all the local talent, and some from places like Texas and California. The coaching staff is real good and they treat me well. The pointed out a lot of my weaknesses and what I need to work on, that was pretty good.
"Right now, I'm at Utah State camp and it's going pretty good. It's a team camp, so it's giving me a lot of work with pads on. It's going well."
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At this point the three-star prospect said BYU, Utah, UNLV, Washington, Utah State, Washington State and Wyoming are the schools recruiting him the heaviest. He said his coach has been doing most of the talking with college coaches and the only offers he's aware of is from Navy and Washington State.
"So far, I've talked with Washington, Washington State, BYU, Utah, Wyoming and UNLV," Mulitalo said. "They've all come to my school, and I've talked with them on the phone. I probably talked to BYU the most consistently. It really doesn't matter. As long as they're willing to pay for my education, I'm willing to talk to them."
Mulitalo is definitely open to looking at schools both in-state and out of state.
"It would be nice to stay in-state, but I'll go wherever," he said. "It doesn't matter. I'll be at USC this Sunday, and then I'm back for BYU Camp the next week. I'll fly out to UCLA's camp two weeks from now, and if I get an invite from USC Rising Stars I'll go to that.
"I'm also doing the Football University one. I like the competition, so it's going good so far. I like talking to the coaches and seeing what I have to work on to help build my game."
Utah and Washington State are two schools that he's also gotten a good impression from.
"I like Utah's program," Mulitalo said. "I really like the competition there and the facilities. The coaching staff is has been pretty positive with me, so that's good. I probably talk to them second-most. Washington State's contacted me a couple time. I haven't been to the campus, so I can't tell you much about that. From what I hear, it's nice."
Mulitalo said different schools are looking at him for different positions on the line. Some schools like him as an inside guy, but he also thinks he's athletic enough to play on the edge.
"At my high school, I'm the biggest guy on the line so they've got me at tackle," he said. "Guard, center, tackle – I've been doing everything. On the defensive side of the ball, nose guard and defensive tackle."
"I'd probably prefer guard in college. I'm good at reading the defense and adapting to the blitz. I can take on defensive tackles, and I think I fare pretty well against down linemen."