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Puka Nacua already has familiarity with future BYU teammate Jacob Conover

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In this compodite photo, Jacob Conover, left, and Puka Nacua, who will be BYU teammates, played together in the 2019 Polynesian Bowl during their high school senior years. Conover connected with Nacua on an impressive 29-yard touchdown pass.

Deseret News and Shannon Liebrock

The BYU football receiving corps got a big boost Monday, when brothers Puka Nacua and Samson Nacua announced they will be transferring to the Cougars program.

They’re a familiar pair: both wide receivers grew up in Utah County, Puka Nacua playing at Orem High and Samson Nacua at Timpview High.

Now, they’ll be headed to Provo from Pac-12 country — Puka Nacua is coming from the Washington program, while Samson Nacua is a former Utah Ute.

Puka Nacua’s connection with a Cougars QB

There’s some familiarity with a BYU quarterback for the younger Nacua.

A couple years back, Puka Nacua had the opportunity to play with one of his future quarterback teammates at BYU, Jacob Conover. The pair played in the Polynesian Bowl in 2019, and Conover and Nacua connected for a 29-yard second-quarter touchdown.

On the play, Conover rolled left out of the pocket and threw to the corner of the end zone to Nacua, who made the grab as he fell out of bounds while being held. The play was initially called an incomplete pass.

After review, it was ruled a touchdown. Nacua was named the game’s offensive MVP, finishing with six receptions for 93 yards.

“Jacob put it in the only spot where I could get it, and I was able to grab it,” Nacua said of the touchdown during the CBS Sports Network broadcast.

Conover and Nacua, four-star talents

Could that connection be something Cougar fans get used to in the future? Conover was a freshman this past year — he was on the scout team — while Nacua was a sophomore in the Huskies program — a year that won’t count against his NCAA eligibility because of the pandemic.

Both quarterback and receiver were four-star recruits when they signed in the 2019 recruiting class.

Conover is one of a number of quarterbacks — along with Jaren Hall, Baylor Romney and Sol-Jay Maiava-Peters — in competition to replace the departed Zach Wilson at quarterback. Nacua, meanwhile, had 16 catches for 319 yards and three touchdowns during two seasons at Washington.