Bingham is starting to look like Bingham again. After a shocking defeat at the hands of Southern California powerhouse Orange Lutheran, the Miners seem to be reverting back to form.
This past Friday, they welcomed one of the more prolific passing attacks into their stadium and rendered them ineffective. The Cottonwood Colts, under quarterback Cooper Bateman’s direction, had been tearing up opposing defenses entering the matchup.
They left, however, not being able to put a single point on the board while accounting for only 162 yards of total offense. They were able to hang with Bingham for the first half before being put away in the second.
The Miners' dominating defensive performance was led up the middle with middle linebacker Jared Afalava and nose tackle Lowell Lotulelei. Both proved to be dominating in their respective performances while receiving a lot of help from their teammates.
“It’s always a team effort here with us,” said Afalava. “We knew Cottonwood was talking big coming up, but we stepped up and had our best game of the year. Everyone played great tonight. It was a team effort.”
As is the norm with Bingham in recent years, their top players have a lot of college offers. Afalava, a 6-3, 225-pound senior linebacker prospect has nine current offers with Lotulelei, a 6-2, 280-pound junior defensive line prospect already seeing a lot of interest.
Afalava’s offer list includes Utah, BYU, Utah State, Oregon, Wyoming, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington and UCLA, among others. Lotulelei currently holds offers from Utah, BYU, Oregon State, UCLA and Utah State with many more likely on the way.
Other Bingham players are hearing from colleges with sophomore tight end Dalton Schultz recently receiving his first offer from Utah.
So yes, Bingham is loaded once again. While it would be all but impossible to match the 15 total players who signed with colleges a year ago, people can well expect a lot of Miners to appear on signing lists during the coming years.
Following their dominating performance against Cottonwood, the Deseret News caught up with both Afalava and Lotulelei regarding their recruitment and their performances that night.
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