BYU added the 13th commitment to its 2019 recruiting class as 3-star Hawaii offensive lineman Elijah Unutoa committed to the Cougars. Blair Angulo of 247 Sports first reported the news.
Eli Unutoa has committed to BYU and the best coaches anywhere. #GoCougs #Morethanfootball pic.twitter.com/FE4xrBTcKa— Dan Sheldon (@centraspike) October 28, 2018
The 6-foot-5, 300 pounds lineman from Kapa’a, Hawaii committed to BYU over other scholarship offers from Cal, Iowa State, Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State and Hawaii.
Unutoa was on an official visit to BYU’s campus during the weekend of the Hawaii game, and apparently came away impressed enough to commit to BYU two weeks later. He is the third commit in the 2019 class from the state of Hawaii and the third offensive lineman of the class.
Primarily a guard, Unutoa already has the size of a Division 1 offensive lineman. He is a big, strong blocker that consistently gets to the second level and punishes opponents in the running game, and moves his feet well for an interior lineman in the passing game. We are unaware if Unutoa has mission plans at this time.
Although a 3-star prospect, Unutoa has gone a bit under-the-radar due to the fact that he doesn’t have social media accounts and plays on the island of Kauai. With his size and ability to pass and run block, Unutoa could easily turn into a multi-year starter in the interior of the offensive line during his BYU career.
BYU fans can get their first of glimpse of Unutoa January 19th at the Polynesian Bowl on CBS Sports Network.
You can watch Unutoa’s highlights below.