Saturday, June 27, 2009

Blocker Manu Mulitalo Set For Brigham Young

A 6-foot-3, 310-pound offensive guard / center prospect, Manu Mulitalo of Granger (West Valley City, Utah) has agreed to sign with BYU's Class of 2010.

He chose the Cougars over offers from Washington State and Navy.

Mulitalo presently plays offensive tackle but lacks the height for the position that we like to see at the major level of competition. A move to guard better suits his physical and athletic abilities. Flashes good explosion and playing strength but must become a more consistent every down player. His lower body flexibility, foot quickness and balance look good; displays explosion and initial quickness coming out of his stance. At times his pad level is too high but shows good playing strength when down blocking or getting to 2nd level defenders; demonstrates he can pull and handle movement in space while playing on his feet. Flashes quick set ability; can slide and play flat footed, will play too tall at times. Possesses strong initial punch but hand placement and extension will need work. As a guard his playing strength and athleticism will serve him well vs. quick power moves. This is a player who must learn to consistently use all the tools available to him; does not play to his full potential, if this happens he could become a more dominant player. Mulitalo will not be an early starter of impact player at the BCS level of competition. A red shirt year will be necessary to develop his full playing potential.

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