BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall has dismissed one of his prized recruits from the 2014 signing class before that recruit has played a down of football for the school.
Incoming freshman linebacker Sione Takitaki has been kicked off the football team. Talo Steves of Totalbluesports.com first reported the dismissal Thursday afternoon.
Takitaki has been in Provo for less than a month and began taking classes on June 23 when BYU's summer block (semester) started. It is unclear whether the 6-foot-3, 240-pound freshman will be allowed to return to the team next year.
BYU athletic department spokesperson Duff Tittle said Mendenhall is on vacation this week, along with most of his assistant coaches and most members of BYU's athletic department and administration.