I don’t know. That is the same answer Junior Angilau would give to your question, “are you taking a mission trip?”
With that out of the way, let’s discuss the Texas signee from Salt Lake City, UT.
I had drinks with a reporter last night who asked what I thought about UT’s o-line class. He said he was tired of hearing about the haul being poor. I said it was people slow to part with the frustration they held for much of the cycle. Once Angilau committed on December 11th, the o-line class started to come around. Of course I’m working under the assumption he’ll enroll in June, rather than taking the trip.
Adding JUCO OL Mikey Grandy — a player with some similarities to Angilau — really put this class in a great position.
We often discuss how offensive linemen need a redshirt, and that’s almost unanimously the case, but both Grandy and Angilau look ready to play this fall.
One could tell from Angilau’s junior tape that he had a very high upside as a run blocker. That bore out today as I was able to see him get off the ball well; firing out quick and low. Then of course is his size; he measured in at 6-foot-4, 310 pounds. That’s great framework for a guard. I’ll maintain he could likely play right tackle in a pinch.
It was nice to catch up with him in person. Sadly, a transcribed interview doesn’t do his enthusiasm justice.
What prompted him to shut things down and sign with Texas:
“Because I had such a great relationship with so many coaches, I didn’t really want to just waste their time, you know. That’s why I was like, ‘yeah, I knew I was going to Texas.’ I didn’t want to waste their time, waste their money. Take another recruit out for a nice time.”
Relationship with Warehime:
“Coach Warehime is a straight dude, he’ll tell you straight. When I went over there and asked questions he’d always tell me answers like, ‘yeah, you’re not going to play d-line’ and stuff like that. But you know I’m gonna still try. He’s just a cool dude. The big thing about my recruiting, I really wanted a coach that I’ll put my life on the line for you know because I know if I put my life on the line I’m going to do better.”
On wanting to play both ways:
“Yeah, I do but I don’t think it’s going to happen. But I’m going to try my hardest. I’m gonna bug them every day. They got me for four years so once they get sick of me, they can put me in.”
Status on mission trip:
“It’s still up in the air. Me and my family are still talking about it. Yeah, it’s still up in the air.”
On playing guard or tackle:
“It’s whatever. I just love to be out on the field. I think they’re going to run me at guard. But if they want to run me at tackle, center, whatever.”
Chances to see the field early:
“It’s up in the air. There’s a lot of good recruits we have. Second in the nation with recruits. All I can do is work my hardest and hope for the best.”
What he brings to the program:
“My energy, man, I just always happy but I’m always ready to work and my work ethic. I really got it from East. I really like how I came up as a man.”
“My family is competitive. We don’t like to lose. So if I lose I’m going to call you out like 20 more times until I win. Once I win one, I’m not going to play you again.”
On knowing Patrick Vahe:
“His brother came down to Utah and he was playing at East and my sister’s best friend is his sister.”
I love this guy and I think fans will too. He’s an exceptional mix of size, energy, worth ethic, and coachability.