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Orem star and USC commit Puka Nacua won't sign on Signing Day

By Sean Walker, | Posted - Feb 6th, 2019 @ 7:52am

OREM — Nearly eight months ago, Puka Nacua committed to the University of Southern California.

As snow blanketed parts of Utah and forced school closures and cancellations Wednesday morning, Nacua also postponed his official signing day announcement.

The senior was set to choose between Utah, Washington, Oregon, UCLA and USC, with BYU also being in the mix, according to the Deseret News. But the newspaper first reported early Wednesday morning that the four-star wide receiver prospect will take a little extra time to make his decision.

"We need more time to break down the information and talk," his mother Penina said in a text message to the newspaper. "We’ve been too busy and unable to find quality time."

Nacua, the No. 1-rated unsigned recruit in the state of Utah, enjoyed a breakout senior season with the Tigers, leading them to back-to-back Class 4A state titles for the first time in school history.

The younger brother of Utah receiver Samson and former BYU safety Kai Nacua, Puka Nacua committed to the Trojans over offers from BYU, Utah, UCLA, Nebraska, Cal, Oregon, and many, many others last summer. But he continued to take several official visits, including one to Utah in December and finishing his visits just last week at Oregon and UCLA.

Essentially, the Gatorade Utah Player of the Year and Deseret News Mr. Football had his pick of wherever he wanted to go.

And he's content to stay on the West Coast, a year after leading the nation with 2,336 yards and 26 receiving touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound wideout capped his prolific four-year career with a Utah High School Activities Association-record 5,270 receiving yards on 261 receptions, including 57 touchdowns.

After the high school season ended, Nacua was just getting started.

He made highlight-reel plays at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, catching three passes for 49 yards, and completing a 20-yard pass, to boot.

Then he added Polynesian Bowl All-American hardware, taking home Poly Bowl MVP honors after another stunning performance that included a toe-tapping touchdown from future BYU quarterback Jacob Conover at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.

Even with the Trojans' offer squarely in place, Nacua kept his options open.

Check back later for more local high school football standouts signing to play college football. If you have a student-athlete who signed during Wednesday’s signing period, let us know by tweeting us @kslcomsports.

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