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BYU Cougars scouting local football talent

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Brigham Young University (BYU) Cougars football team Offensive Coordinator, Brandon Doman, is on island at this time, scouting out the local high school football talent, by visiting all the high schools this week. Doman, who arrived on island this past Sunday, will be departing on Thursday night. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

Brigham Young University (BYU) Cougars football team Offensive Coordinator, Brandon Doman, is on island at this time, scouting out some of the local football talent. Doman, who arrived on island Sunday night, played quarterback for the Cougars in the 2000 and 2001 seasons under legendary head coach LaVell Edwards, and will be departing the territory on coming Thursday’s flight.

Doman tied a BYU school record by winning his first fourteen starts as a starter, including the final game of coach Edwards in 2000. Doman went to play for the San Francisco 49ers in 2002, 03 and 04, after being drafted into the National Football League in 2002. 

As the Offensive Coordinator for the Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, Doman told Samoa News, “I’m excited about this opportunity to come here and recruit local talent.”

“While I am here, my goal is to see all seven of the high schools and meet with all of the high school football coaches, and evaluate academics, evaluate athleticism and identify who are the Division- 1 caliber football players. I also have to ensure academically they meet the curriculum and criteria to enter into the University at BYU,” he said.

Doman went on to say that BYU is the largest private religious institution in America, and there are about 15,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (or the Mormon Church) here on this island.

He said, “There are a lot of alumni, fans and people here that are interested BYU Football. We have about 37- 40 Polynesian players that are on our team, with about 120 total players. They make up about 1/3 of our team. Several past students have come from the island here and have been very successful and have gone on to graduate. We feel a real unique tie and real love and appreciation for this culture and quite frankly our football team would not be as good as it is without the Samoan Culture and other Polynesian cultures on our football team, that provide an upfront physical play for us.”

The BYU football offensive coordinator stated that first and foremost that BYU wants and needs good young Polynesian boys on their team. Secondly, that BYU has been ranked in the top 25, five of the last six football seasons, winning 10 or 11 football games each season, five times in the last six years.

“Our next goal is now to win them all and that is part of the reason that we are here... to identify the right type of young men to bring to BYU. I really believe that the opportunity at our University... because of the culture there... provides such a unique opportunity for these young men to be successful, because of the Polynesian community that is there that embraces these young men and takes care of them and helps them become successful.

“A year ago, BYU went independent, which means we are no longer in a conference. We sign our own television contracts and we sign our own bowl contracts... which is really unique because all of our games now... we have an eight year contract with ESPN and they broadcast all of our games,” he said.

On his first visit to the local high schools yesterday, Doman visited Kanana Fou and Tafuna High School, while today he will be scouting out Fa’asao Marist and Samoana High Schools. Tomorrow he will be visiting Nu’uuli Voc-Tech and Veterans Memorial Stadium to watch the American Samoa’s International Federation of American Football (IFAF) team that will be competing in the IFAF Under 19 Junior World Championship, representing the Oceania region, this coming July in Texas. On his final day here in the territory, he will be visiting Leone High School.

To contact Doman while he is here on island, he can be reached through fellow BYU Alumni Kalilimoku Hunt at at 258-8690, 622-7319, or you can contact Doman at his email, brandon_doman@byu.edu.



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