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High school football: Sofele commits to California

Colts star RB decides he wants to play in Pac-10

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  • Brada Man
    Dec. 23, 2008 12:46 a.m.

    Go Bears! Good job Isi! We are all proud of you! It's exciting... Choohoo!

  • Great Class
    Dec. 23, 2008 7:54 a.m.

    This has to be one of the most impressive Football classes ever. I do not remember, and I'm an old guy, another time when so many of the glory teams from out of state has come after the Utah boys.

    Good luck to all of you kids. Make good decisions and use this gift of Football prowess to get yourself a College degree.

    Congratulaions to all that are mentioned here and all of the other kids not mentioned in this article that have the same chance at USU, SUU, Weber or wherever else.

    Your bodies will be beaten and injuries WILL occur. Don't let Football use you.

    USE Football to get that degree that lasts a lifetime.

  • Why
    Dec. 23, 2008 10:59 a.m.

    Why is it that cottonwood players never committ to in state schools. Does their coach have soemthing against them and pushes them out of the state. For the most part they are at best average players for these bigger schools with the exception of Stanly Havelii.

  • DHS DARTS
    Dec. 23, 2008 12:06 p.m.

    If I was a football player at a high level like this kid I would go out of state in a heart beat

  • DHS Sucks
    Dec. 23, 2008 1:01 p.m.

    Too bad you are not. Davis never has good D1 football players.

  • Why:response
    Dec. 23, 2008 2:27 p.m.

    Why stay in Utah hen you could play in Cal, warm weather, beautiful girls.

    Cottonwood players get recruited by a lot of out of state programs because of Cottonwood's system. Cottonwood runs a college system. They are well coached and are definitely a football school.

  • nottyou
    Dec. 23, 2008 2:34 p.m.

    Let's see, in the last 30 years, Cal has won or tied for the Pac-10 Championship in football exactly one time. Sounds like the coaches of Cal are excellent salespeople. Good luck with that.

  • Cal?
    Dec. 23, 2008 2:42 p.m.

    That's great that he went out of state. But the reality is that Cal's football program is no better than BYU or Utah. Cal's about academics and hippies, and they have an occasional great year in football. So as I see it, he could have been on a team that's just as good or better than Cal, and he could have avoided the hippies of Berkeley by staying close to home.

  • One of his coaches
    Dec. 23, 2008 4:16 p.m.

    Isi, way to overcome your physical limitations, by working harder than anyone i've ever coached. NEVER missing a workout, practice or game in 3 years where you carried the ball more than anyone ever has in this state. And most of all going to class and being a shining example of what a young man should be. Our staff doesn't care if our players go to Cal, BYU or timbucktoo. That these kids have the talent and effort to have someone pay for their education is the only thing that matters and we should be honored that schools outside this state see that. P.S. BYU never offered and Utah pulled theirs

  • nottyou
    Dec. 23, 2008 4:46 p.m.

    To: One of his coaches -- sounds like you were a good coach. Keep up the good work and the development of student athletes.

  • Ute Fan
    Dec. 23, 2008 4:49 p.m.

    Congrats to Isi. What some of you don't understand is that, even though Cal may be on the same level as BYU or Utah, the Pac-10 provides competition EVERY WEEK with lots of guys who are NFL-bound. Thus, if someone has, say, NFL aspirations (Isi is undersized, but who knows?) their resume looks a lot better because they are doing what they're doing against a lot of the same guys that will be at the next level. That is one of the reasons why guys like Haloti Ngata and Stewart Bradley went out of state (now both starters in the NFL). No dis to the Utes(who could finish 1st or 2nd in the Pac-10 this year) and Cougs, but this is a big factor. Plus, can you argue with Cal's education? Additionally, some kids really want/need other experiences outside the state.
    Lastly, whoever made the comment local schools were not after him is probably inaccurate. Of course they were, but he probably told them early on he wanted to go out of state.

  • Have a clue, please...
    Dec. 23, 2008 4:54 p.m.

    Enough with the stupid stereotypes! Under Jeff Tedford (who went to Fresno State), Cal has been a consistent winner. Seven straight winning seasons and counting.
    Did you know that before Tedford arrived, the head coach at Cal was NONE OTHER than current BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe (how ironic, huh?!?). In Holmoe's five seasons there (1997-2001), the BEST he did was 5-6 in 1998. His full record there was a PATHETIC 12-43.
    And yes, you come out of Cal pretty darn smart, too, hippies and all. Nothing wrong with that.

  • Colt Tyler
    Dec. 23, 2008 8:08 p.m.

    It is not necessarily about the BEST program. It is the best program for the player. Just look at Cal's current running back. He is 5'10'' and 193 lbs. A small back. This bodes well for Isi who is a small back too.

  • player
    Dec. 23, 2008 9:25 p.m.

    congrats isi, ive been playing against you since 5th or 6th grade and you were always the factor that we couldnt stop, you deserve this, from what i have seen you work hard and earned what you got, go ball at cal

  • Good For Isi
    Dec. 23, 2008 11:40 p.m.

    I am a CW Players Parent and watched a lot of Practices the last 2 years and no one deserves this more than Isi does. He works harder than anyone during and after practice to get better and stronger. Anyone ever wonder how a Guy that is 5-7, 165 lbs carries the ball for 3 straight years and breaks the all time carriers mark and doesn't get injured is? He may be small but he is very durable and has heart bigger than anyone will ever know, I will miss watching your runs next year when CW resumes football in 5A again. Some of your best runs this year were called back, great highlight reel stuff. Good Luck to you Isi and I wish you the Same success at Cal that you had at CW.

  • One who Knows.
    Dec. 24, 2008 10:42 a.m.

    Lets set the record straight. Getting a scholarship is to pay for your education period. The average income out of BYU is 86,000 per year, UofU, 72,000. CAL is 176,000. Do the Math. CAL is a very smart decision for Isi. I really don't believe Isi will play on Sunday's, not because of his ability rather his size, and even if he did, the average tenure in the NFL is less then 3 year, then what? Also, Cottonwood does a very good job in helping their kids, while it is the parents and athletes responsibility to market their kids, CW goes steps further by sending film to Rivals, Scout and other places. Registers their kids timely in the clearinghouse and makes sure they understand the needs of the NCAA Eligibility Center, etc. 95% of Utah High Schools don't inform their kids of the NCAA Clearinghouse. Hats off to CW, this is WHY they have big time recruits.

  • Congrats Isi and CW!
    Dec. 24, 2008 10:56 a.m.

    I agree that CW coaches are the best in state in marketing their players - this is extremely beneficial for their players and why kids transfer there to play..

    and this compliment is coming from a TV parent--

  • MONEY TALKS
    Dec. 24, 2008 12:24 p.m.

    COTTONWOOD DOES A GOOD JOB FOR THEIR KIDS. IT HELPS WHEN CATE CAN SEND THE CWOOD KIDS TO CAMPS AND COMBINES. THIS ALLOWS THEM TO BE NOTICED NATIONALLY. ALSO, THE REASON THESE KIDS GO OUT OF STATE AND TO BIGTIME PROGRAMS IS BECAUSE THEY AREN'T GOING ON MISSIONS. MORE KIDS FROM UTAH WOULD BE RECRUITED MORE IF THEY WEREN'T GOING ON A MISSION. MOST SCHOOLS WILL NOT RECRUIT MISSION KIDS.

  • steve kinyon
    Dec. 24, 2008 12:32 p.m.

    ya to bad Byu didnt have the brains to get this kid and utah pulls there offer sounds like another lewis walker

  • Re Money
    Dec. 24, 2008 1:18 p.m.

    This year the Nike combine was at Murray Park and the Skills camp was at BYU.

    There were MANY cottonwood kids that attended and competed; but I'm pretty sure it didn't take alot of ANYBODY's money to "send" them there.

  • Utah / BYU
    Dec. 26, 2008 4:05 p.m.

    Kids from Cottonwood are too good to attend colleges like BYU and Utah. Part of Cottonwood's recruiting efforts is flying kids around the country getting them into more well known programs.

    Before Cal offered Isi he wasn't even considering Utah. (SMU / Washington State .. are you kidding me)

    The only time Utah or BYU gets a Cottonwood kid is when they can't qualify (Kaufausi - last year)

    If you are from Utah and will not even consider Utah (two BCS games past four years) you are getting some bad advice.



  • Hey one who knows
    Dec. 27, 2008 9:05 p.m.

    Where do you get your statistics? I found the average starting salary out of Cal is $59,900 with the overall average at $112,000 - a far cry from the supposed $176,000 that you said. Utah was listed as $45,000 starting and $83,200 overall average. Factor in the cost of living between CA and UT and UT grad may actually make more. Cal is definitely a better academic school but your figure of $176,000 was very misleading.

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 27, 2008 9:20 p.m.

    who cares.. Cal is better place for both academics and football.

  • Truth
    Dec. 28, 2008 5:05 p.m.

    No matter what kind of athlete you are, if you go to cottonwood for football and want to go D1, you will. Any of your second teamer's get scholarship offers this year?

  • re:Ute fan
    Dec. 29, 2008 1:23 p.m.

    Amen!!!

    Where would BYU and Utah have been if they were in the PAC 10 this year? 3rd? 4th? Maybe even a lot lower. According to the bowl experts, a 5th or 6th place PAC 10 school is as good as the MWC champion.

    Any; Any of the PAC 10 schools are better based on football and opportunities. IF Utah and BYU want these kids; bust the MWC and hook up with a conference like the PAC 10. They may be able to compete, but they do not get the recognition. Fact, whether you like it or not.

    The MWC is a joke. I am a BYU fan through and through, but I can watch USC every saturday on TV. 3 or 4 BYU games is all that I can see per year. I guess I could move; pick up my family, look for another job. I might even do better given the current situation of our economy.

  • Re: one who knows
    Dec. 29, 2008 5:48 p.m.

    And the cost of living in California will eat all of that up. Dah!

  • TucsonUte
    Dec. 29, 2008 8:30 p.m.

    The biggest reason Solefe is going to Cal is because of their running backs coach Ron Gould. He has produced some very good runners during his time with the Golden Bears and Solefe is looking down the road at a possible NFL career. Good luck to the kid.

  • Dawg
    Dec. 30, 2008 12:30 a.m.

    Okay, I owe you the ice cream! In five years or so.... you're buying! Way to go champ. Time to get really smart and find something you love. Football will always be there, but maybe you'll be like Hui and chasing around sons and nephews. Whatever happens, stay the way you are and keep working hard. Faith, hope, and love will always be with you! Call me if you get hungry.

  • Anonymous
    Dec. 30, 2008 3:02 a.m.

    If the Cottonwood kids are too good to play in state, then why did they lose to a BYU heavy Timpview team?

  • Ray
    Jan. 9, 2009 1:12 a.m.

    Let's let Isi decide where he wants to go. We brag about how we would love to see the polynesian youth of today progress, yet we continue to pull them down with comments and negativity that cut them down!

    Cal will provide a great education and give him some experience before his MISSION to get out for a little bit. Yes, that's right... I know Isi will stick with his decision to serve a mission whether or not he is in state!!!

    Bottom line is I take my hat off to you Isi for making it this far when there were so many critics, even ex- teammates (one of which is now playing in California. You all know who i'm talking about), who said you were to small and wouldn't make it this far. Great job bro! Keep your head up and continue to prove the critics wrong!

    Thank you CWood coaches for your time and effort this past season and seasons to come!