Sign, Sealed, Delivered
Lindsay’s Chris Misaalefua had a tough decision to make about his future, and on Wednesday Misaalefua made his decision known as he signed a letter of commitment to play football at the University of Texas at El Paso [UTEP].
For weeks Misaalefua had made up his mind to go to Montana State, but the UTEP Miners came into the picture at the last moment to make what he thought was his final decision, a little tougher. After a recruiting visit to the campus at El Paso, Misaalefua left with mixed emotions about his decision about heading to Montana State but in the end it was Texas where he decided to go.
“I am extremely happy,” said Misaalefua about his decision to head to El Paso. “It is just an exciting moment for me because I get to make the city of Lindsay proud.”
On Wednesday, UTEP held a press conference to talk about the recruiting class of 2014. During the press conference, head coach Sean Kugler had a little fun trying to pronounce Misaalefua’s name. After saying it correctly on his first attempt, jokingly coach Kugler said that they will be changing Chris’s name to “Big Chris”.
Kugler is extremely excited about this 2014 class that signed 20 high school players. Of the 20 high school players 11 of them were linemen with only four of them being offensive linemen.
“What we were looking for was production,” said Kugler. “Productive players, guys that make plays, because if you can make plays in high school you are probably going to make plays in college.”
With Misaalefua, the Miners will be getting the type of player they are looking for in their program.
“They [UTEP] are going to get a kid that works hard,” said Lindsay’s head coach Jesse Lira. “They are going to have a guy that is going to come out ready every day.”
The Miners who are in Conference USA, will be running a style of offence that Misaalefua is excited to play for.
“Their guards pull a lot. As a guard I love to pull and I just can’t wait to show them how I pull.”
One thing Kugler was impressed with was just how well Chris can move.
“He is going to be a force for us inside,” said Kugler. “He moves very light on his feet for a guy that size. “
Misaalefua will head to Texas standing at 6’5 and weighing in at 330 pounds but he says he will be walking talker than that knowing he has so many eyes on him and he just wants to keep Lindsay proud of him.
“I’m bringing all my Lindsay clothes all the red and greens,” said Misaalefua. “I am proud of the city where I come from and everyone is going to know it. When I do something people are going to know I am a Lindsay Cardinal.”