LOGAN — With national letter-of-intent day fast approaching, Utah State head football coach Gary Andersen received two more verbal commitments from defensive standouts Bojay Filmoeatu and Peni Vea.
Filmoeatu is a 6-foot-2-inch, 255-pound outside linebacker who played at Mt. San Antonio Community College in Walnut, Calif., and Granger High School in West Valley City, Utah. Filmoeatu, who was reportedly recruited by Arizona and Iowa State among others, is a big get for the Aggies.
He said in a phone interview with the Deseret News that he likes the coaching staff all the way from the head coach to position coach Kevin Clune.
Most importantly, he said, he gets to play closer to home.
Because his family still lives in West Valley City, he said it was a big deal for him to play at a school where his friends and family could make a short drive to watch him play rather than having to board an airplane every week.
Vea is a 6-2,190-pound safety from Kailua Kona, Hawaii, who likes to crowd the line of scrimmage and hit people. He was also being recruited by Idaho, Hawaii, UNLV, and Montana.
Vea said that he chose Utah State over those schools because he felt more comfortable with the area, especially because he has family in the Salt Lake City area. He visited Utah State last weekend and said he had a great experience. While in Logan he toured campus and watched a basketball game.
Kraig is a 2010 Utah State University graduate and regular Deseret News sports blogger. He can be reached at DesNewsKraig@gmail.com or followed on Twitter at DesNewsKraig.