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Pauu reaches decision on visits

Butch Pauu considered taking other official visits but the BYU commit said he has decided to stick with his pledge and not see any other schools.
Washington, Colorado and Nebraska were the three teams the three-star inside linebacker from Anaheim (Calif.) Servite was thinking about visiting but Pauu said after talking more with his coaches and parents he's only taking a trip to BYU.
Pauu, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound prospect, said he couldn't be happier.
"I confirmed it with my parents that I'm not going to take any visits," Pauu said. "I'm just going to take a visit to BYU. It's a burden lifted off my shoulders just to get it out of the way and know I'm going to the right school for my faith. It's awesome.
"My coaches and my parents, we talked about it, and they said I should check out all the other schools just to see what they have to offer but the thing that stuck with me for BYU is I can do my Mormon mission and then come back and play college football."
The plan for Pauu is to redshirt as a freshman, spend one semester at BYU, then go on his mission before coming back to play out his career with the Cougars.
Servite won a hard-fought matchup against Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco Friday night and Pauu played well going after the running backs and getting out in pass coverage.
Although Pauu, rated No. 24 at inside linebacker in the 2012 class and No. 70 in the California state rankings, is slightly undersized he has the power to come up and make plays and that's why he's having such a strong senior season. In another big test, Servite came through and earned another victory.
"We knew coming in this would be a good game," Pauu said. "Bosco has so much speed and they really showed that. They were running the ball, bouncing it outside and going the distance.
"Coming into the game we had to try to stop their run and we did an OK job with it. They got up but that's what Servite is all about, coming together when times are tough and getting the victory.
"Many people think I'm undersized at 5-11 and that I can't really play at the next level. I'm still trying to prove to everyone I can take on blockers, make plays and still be able to get into coverage."