Across the nation, this time of year is when football players decide where they would like to play next season. Each spring, an average of about 25-30 Snow College players go through this decision making process.
National Signing Day, most often the first Wednesday of February, is the usual first day that individuals can sign a binding National Letter of Intent for college football. This year, a number of Snow players will be taking their talents to larger four year institutions.
Head coach Britt Maughan had a lot to say about the players leaving. “Most players don’t dream of playing at Snow College. But they come here and they leave happy because they’ve worked hard and they’re often able to move on to bigger schools and live the dream that they had.”
The coaching staff doesn’t only care about football though. Maughan commented, “We are here to help young men grow, off the field and academically. We want them to become a championship person, which will lead to them becoming a championship player.”
While he will miss the leaving players’ contributions, the head coach is excited for next season with 14 returning starters.
Players Signing With Other Schools
Chris Copier (TE) – Utah State University
Gaje Ferguson (DB) – Utah State University
Sunia Tauteoli (LB) – University of Utah
Eric Takenaka (DB) – Brigham Young University
Tui Jr. Satuala (TE) – Weber State University
Sinilau Tauteoli (DE) – Weber State University
Alex Kuresa (QB) – Portland State University
Caleb McCray (LB) – Chadron State College
Trevin Swensen (LB) – Minot State University
Scotland Elisara (OL) – Dixie State University
Nick Porebski (P) – Oregon State University
Two players also have committed to play at Division I schools after the 2015 season at Snow. Kurtis Taufa (LB) will attend the University of Utah next fall and Garrett Bolles (OL) will attend BYU after one more season as a Badger.
Bolles, a Westlake High product out of Utah County, expressed his gratitude and appreciation for what Snow College has done for him. “I’m so grateful for the opportunities that have been given to me here. I wouldn’t be in this situation if it wasn’t for Coach Maughan.”
His biggest lessons he has learned at Snow so far? “Determination and motivation. Using your resources with those, there’s no way you can fail. Not just in sports but in school and life too.”
In the coming weeks there will be several more Snow players committing to play at other schools.
Check out the next publication of the Snowdrift to see the new Snow signees who will play in Ephraim this coming fall.