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BYU football recruiting: Utah prep star Ula Tolutau flips from Wisconsin to BYU after mission

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One of Utah’s most coveted recent recruits has chosen BYU.

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One of Utah’s most coveted recent recruits has chosen to tote the rock at BYU after returning from a mission to California.

Ula Tolutau, a class of 2014 running back who committed to Wisconsin out of high school, has committed to BYU, according to multiple reports that seem to stem from a Facebook post from family announcing the decision.

He has chosen:) #COUGAAAAAR Happy 21st Birthday son! We love you!

Posted by Hopate N Kaveinga Toluta'u on Saturday, December 17, 2016

Tolutau, rated 3 stars (81.39) on 247Sports composite rating, ran roughshod over the Beehive State in 2013. He ran into Utah’s record books by rushing for 2,465 yards (now 4th) for 12.6 yards per carry, 31 touchdowns, and surpassed 100 yards in all 13 games.

He led East to the state championship game where the Leopards fell 33-28 to fellow powerhouse Timpview. He ran for 121 yards that game against a team that hadn’t allowed a 100-yard rusher all season.

Tolutau was offered by Wisconsin, BYU, Utah, Utah State and Hawaii out of high school.

He visited BYU on Nov. 12 when the Cougars played Southern Utah, according to the Deseret News, which also reported he planned to enroll at his new school in January.

Twice, he eclipsed 300 yards in a game on his way to being named Deseret News’ Mr. Football for 2013.

Tolutau will vie for carries with Squally Canada and Riley Burt in 2017.