Vaha Vainuku embraces the enemy

Three-star offensive guard Vaha Vainuku (Salt Lake City, Utah/East) grew up rooting for BYU, but he has decided to play his college football at Utah, the Deseret News reports.

"I hated Utah growing up. I was a BYU guy -- my family were big-time BYU fans, and they still are, but that will probably change now that I'm going to the U."

However, BYU never offered Vainuku and slowly Utah became more appealing:

"The more I'm around Utah, the more I just love it. It's such a great fit for me as a school and as a football program. I have a cousin, Sione Pouha, who played there, I have a lot of friends there and it just felt right."

Vainuku plans to sign a letter of intent with the Utes in February before embarking on a two-year mission.