p class="TEXT_w_Indent"> Since Sikahema's scoop, local college football reporters, including yours truly, have scrambled to get an interview with Langi, who got off his mission a day or two after the report.
Officials at BYU have declined to confirm or deny whether Langi will be attending BYU this fall, despite the name "Havea Langi" appearing on a BYU student directory. They say they cannot comment on a recruitable athlete until that athlete has actually attended a class at their school. On his bio on Utah's website, Langi's full name is listed as Havea Hikuleo Langi.
BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins told me that federal privacy laws prevent her from even acknowledging whether a student has applied at a school or not until said student has attended a class.
A source familiar with the NCAA's very complicated transfer rules, speaking hypothetically, said a player could still attend a different school than one in which he is enrolled at as long as he doesn't attend a class at that school.
Wednesday, Doug Kimmel of the recruiting-based website Scout.com, a former graduate assistant at Utah, ran into Langi at a scrimmage at Bingham High, and he posted a photo of Langi on Twitter to prove it. Kimmel then reported that Langi was "visiting California with intentions of checking out some schools. He is testing the water." Kimmel included the hashtags: #Stanford and #USC.
At about the same time, my colleague Matt Piper asked Utah coach Kyle Whittingham about the situation during Pac-12 media days in Hollywood. Whittingham confirmed that he met with Langi last Tuesday (July 15), despite some Twitter reports that the meeting was postponed. Whittingham told Piper that Langi's decision was still pending.
"Wherever he ultimately decides to go, we wish him well," Whittingham told Piper.
Four hours later, Kimmel tweeted out: "From Harvey Langi's Mom: "Harvey will be going to BYU this fall. He will be attending practice at BYU a week from today."
Done deal, right? Well, not exactly, unless I'm being played in all this.
When I couldn't reach her by cell phone, I sent Harvey's mom, Kalesita, a text message on Wednesday asking her to confirm Kimmel's report.