Leading up to Fall Camp at the end of the month, here at Lawless Republic we will be giving you a daily glimpse at the signees and return missionaries that will be part of the 2014 BYU Football team.
Granger High School | West Valley City, UT
6’2 | 340 | OG
Manu Mulitalo was a 3-star prospect out of Granger High school that was part of BYU’s 2010 recruiting class. He redshirt his first season on campus and then played in just one game as a freshman before leaving to the Oklahoma Tulsa mission in June 2012. According to Rivals.com, Mulitalo had offers from Navy and Washington State in addition to BYU.
Through two years on the BYU roster Mulitalo has been quiet. However, he was playing on the team back when BYU was still sending some lineman to the NFL. After a two year mission and in a new offensive scheme, Mulitalo will have an opportunity to play a significant role for the Cougars. He will have some work to do if he wants to get on the field, but Coaches Garrett Tujague and Robert Anae will be able to get it out of him.
It’s difficult to read too much into Mulitalo’s high school highlight film as that was from 2009, but you can at least see how strong he was a few years ago. Assuming he’s only matured and been able to become even stronger, into Mulitalo’s high school highlight film as that was from 2009, but you can at least see how strong he was a few years ago. Assuming he’s only matured and been able to become even stronger, ou can see the type of potential that he has. If he can work on his feet and getting into Go Fast, Go Hard shape, he could have an impact as early as this season.
Expectations in 2014: Minimal reps as rotational player
Mulitalo has already burned his redshirt year after his first season on campus. BYU would be wise to find a way to get him on the field this season so that he can get some experience and
possibly fill some holes next year when some seniors graduate. I wouldn’t expect him to make a huge impact this season, but I do think he’ll see some time.
Potential in BYU career: Eventual starter
BYU returns a lot of linemen this season. I don’t think he cracks the starting lineup, or even the ‘significant role player’ lineup this season, but I do think that he becomes a big part of future BYU offensive lines.