Stanford DE Commit Signs LOI With BYU
Leiataua is a three-star strong-side defensive end and the No. 48 player at his position for the recruiting class of 2014. 247sports gave him a .8382 Composite Rating, while ranking him as the No. 1,048 overall prospect in his class.
This news is sure to let some Stanford fans down, as the 6-foot-3, 240-pound end had just recently given his verbal to coach David Shaw on January 13. In fact, Leiataua had “Stanford football commit” in his personal Twitter bio just last night.
However, a late push by BYU—and a New Years Eve visit—was enough to make Leiataua make the switch.
Mendenhall has got to be happy with today’s results between stealing Leiataua from Stanford and reeling in four-star outside linebacker Fred Warner earlier. BYU is known for its stout defenses, recently producing NFL-caliber members of the front seven with Ezekiel Ansah and Kyle Van Noy.
Leiataua will fit right into Mendenhall’s contentious scheme as an outstanding pass rusher, having gotten to the opposing quarterback for 24 sacks over the last two years. It’s an added bonus that he’s a very intelligent young man (4.2 GPA) and knows how to break down game film.
Leiataua also held offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Washington State, UCLA, USC, and Utah. He becomes the fourth player out of at least 17 to sign and fax his LOI to BYU—a class that currently ranks 69th in the 247sports Team Recruiting Rankings.
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