February 2, 2012

Pau'u Fulfills Dream

Butch Pau'u was the final signee to fax in his letter of intent to Bronco Mendenhall and his staff during national signing day on Wednesday.

Pau'u was planning to sign and fax the letter that afternoon with his family present. But in the end, he decided he couldn't wait that long and settled for just having his mom, who works in the lunchroom at Servite High School, with him when he fulfilled a childhood dream of signing on to playing college football at BYU.

"I'm just so thankful," says Pau'u. "As a kid you dream of the opportunity to get to sign with the school and play for the school that you grew up cheering for and cheering on. I just reflected the entire day on when I was a kid, and it seems like things went so fast. It's just a dream come true and I'm so thankful to my Heavenly Father."

Butch, who attends early morning seminary with another BYU signee, Dylan Collie, says that he is excited to be a part of a signing class that Bronco Mendenhall indicated was his "most complete class" when considering all the qualities he looks for in BYU players.

"Getting to know a lot of the players when I went up on my recruiting trip was so much fun. To get to know them before hand and just to know that they are a bunch of good, quality guys that you want to be around is just exciting and special."

Pau'u says that signing day was pretty low key for him. Servite does not have any special football signing day ceremonies; rather the school has a recognition event in May that honors all of the Friar athletes that have signed to play collegiate athletics in their various sports.

The 6-0, 220-pound inside linebacker plans to enroll at BYU in June in preparation for his freshman year. He says he also plans to leave on a LDS Church mission after the 2012 season.

Butch comes to BYU following a tremendous career at California football power Servite High School. As a senior he was named a First-Team All-State player, a member of the First-Team All-Orange County team and the Trinity League Most Valuable Player.

He'll be joined in Provo by his cousin and teammate Jherremya Leatu-Douyere, who was named as the Trinity League Defensive MVP. Jherremya is not LDS, but comes from a strong catholic background. He and his family were impressed with the standards at BYU and what is expected of players in Mendenhall's program.

Butch says that he and Leuta-Douyere plan to be roommates when they arrive in Provo. The two cousins get along well despite the fact that they are nearly 180-degrees opposite in personalities. Pau'u is outgoing and engaging, while his cousin in much more reserved, at least at first.

"Jherremya is such a funny guy once you get to know him. When I you first start talking to him he'll give you a 'yes' or 'no', and one word answers, but when you get to know him he becomes more comfortable."

For those wondering how Jherremya will handle things when Butch "deserts" him after his first season to serve a mission, Pau'u says that he's not worried at all about his cousin. In fact, Butch says Leuta-Douyere is looking forward to eventually having a room all to himself.

"He has this whole plan of buying a Mac computer, and once I leave he'll have more room for his studio," Butch explained with a laugh. "When I leave he says he's going to become a big pop artist, or whatever, and record music while I'm gone. He said when I get back he'll have an album out! So he'll do fine (without me)."

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