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Cougs land Brighton grid star Mahe

The BYU football team has won the Reno Mahe sweepstakes. And the Cougars are closing in on another of Utah's top prep football players as well.

Brighton High's Mahe, perhaps the most sought-after high school football player in the state this year, announced that he'll sign a letter of intent Wednesday to play collegiately at BYU.East High's two-way star back, Sione Havili, could be headed to Provo, too. As of late Sunday night, he had narrowed his choice down to the Cougars and Utah, according to East coach Keeko Georgelas.

Hawaii prep product Hanale Vincent also committed to BYU on Sunday. He is a 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive lineman who played for Kamehameha High.

Mahe, the flashy Bengal playmaker who led Brighton to the 5A finals last November, was named Utah's Gatorade player of the year after racking up some dazzling numbers during his prep career.

A threat to score any time he touched the ball, Mahe hauled in 28 passes for 769 yards (27.5 per catch) and gained 731 yards on the ground in his senior season. He also scored 17 touchdowns and picked off five passes.

Mahe, a 5-foot-11, 175-pounder, was a top recruit for several Pac-10 and WAC programs. Along with BYU, he was heavily recruited by Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah and Utah State. He had narrowed his choice down to an in-state school before selecting the Cougars.

The biggest question for BYU is where they'll use the incredibly versatile Mahe. He was not just an outstanding receiver but also an exciting running back, defensive back and special-teams player.