Landing USU transfer OL Weylin Lapuaho is a major recruiting win for BYU

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One week ago, BYU football landed a huge commitment for the Class of 2023, offensive lineman Weylin Lapuaho.

Lapuaho is a 6-foot-4 310-pound offensive lineman that is transferring from Utah State University after starting for the Aggies last season. He cites starting all 13 games as a true freshman as one of his greatest accomplishments in sports.

His transfer to BYU is a major recruiting win for the Cougs, who seek to make a splash in their first year as members of the Big 12.

“I had looks from the SEC, Big 10, and PAC 12, but I chose BYU because it holds a special place in my heart and is close to home.”

Lapuaho prepped at Bingham High School (South Jordan, Utah), where he earned first-team All-Region honors as a senior (MaxPreps). Bingham finished with a 9-3 record and made it to the 6A quarterfinals, losing to eventual champion Lone Peak, 21-14.  He was an All-State honorable mention as a junior.

Lapuaho was rated 3-stars by 247Sports (0.8500), who rated him the no. 18 overall prospect from the state of Utah for the Class of 2022. He held scholarship offers from New Mexico, UNLV, Utah, and Utah State.  He would have been the fifth highest rated player in BYU’s Class of 2022 had he signed with the Cougs out of high school.

Instead he went to Utah State as their top recruit and jumped right into a starting role.  Lapuaho entered the transfer portal on December 29, 2022 and announced his commitment to BYU the next day.  BYU has a real need for impact offensive linemen as this off-season they have lost starters Clark Barrington (transfer to Baylor), Joe Tukuafu (graduation), and Harris LeChance (NFL draft); as well as reserve Campbell Barrington (Baylor).

Lapuaho is the cousin of former BYU offensive lineman Ului Lapuaho.  He has the chance to become an immediate starter in 2023 with three years of eligibility remaining.

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