Steve Griffin, Deseret Information

Orem Prime College soccer participant Puka Nacua at Orem Prime College on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.

SALT LAKE CITY — Puka Nacua’s determination to visit Washington used to be made extra dramatic by way of a vicious Sunday evening storm from snow.

Utah’s best prep soccer recruit braved snow-packed highways that grew to become a 30-40 minute pressure right into a just about hour and 45 minute ordeal.

The announcement used to be preceded by way of highlights, and he used to be surrounded by way of his Orem teammates and his older brother Samson Nacua, a College of Utah receiver.

Nacua stated he and his mom were not in a position to come to a decision on Nationwide Signing Day closing Wednesday.

He stated “Friday or Saturday” he and his mom “were given at the identical web page.” He stated he by no means anticipated to be experiencing anything else like what he did on Sunday evening.

“It is been a blessing,” he stated. “It is been a loopy revel in. … It is undoubtedly been a loopy adventure.”

The Orem Prime senior used to be meant to announce his determination by way of opting for one in all six hats on KSL’s SportsBeat Sunday evening at 10:45 p.m. However Nacua and his mom, Penina, hadn’t arrived at the set by the point the weekly display began, so what social media dubbed #Pukawatch lasted a little longer than deliberate.

His mom used to be reluctant to return on set with him, however Puka stated he would not make the verdict with out her by way of his facet.

Nacua dedicated to USC prior to his senior season, however he determined to take his 5 respectable campus visits prior to signing his scholarship forms. He visited Utah in December and took journeys to Washington, UCLA and Oregon in January.

All the way through his junior season, as he helped Orem Prime to the primary of 2 state titles in Nacua’s profession, it appeared he may well be opting for between the universities the place his older brother performed. Kai Nacua performed at BYU, whilst Samson Nacua is a large receiver at Utah.

Remark in this tale

However in no time, he attracted nationwide consideration, and he dedicated to the Trojans in June. He introduced that call on Twitter. On the time, the 6-foot-2 195-pound receiver stated he used to be “in a position for the recruiting procedure to be over.”

Nacua completed his senior season as the highest receiver within the nation, averaging 166.nine yards in line with sport and 26 general touchdowns. He used to be the co-MVP of the Polynesian Bowl, in addition to the co-Polynesian participant of the yr, an award he shared with Alabama dedicate Taulia Tagovailoa. He additionally performed within the Military All-American Bowl, and has been commemorated with an extended record of awards, together with Gatorade Participant of the Yr and the Deseret Information’ Mr. Soccer.As a junior, he used to be the 4A MVP.

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