One of the most highly-rated members of BYU’s 2014 recruiting class won’t see the field in 2014, if at all, for the Cougars.
First reported by Scout.com and subsequently confirmed by the Salt Lake Tribune, linebacker Sione Takitaki has been abruptly dismissed from the BYU football program. No reason for the dismissal was given.
Takitaki had been enrolled in classes at the school for the last month.
As for his future with the team, the Tribune writes that “[i]t is unclear whether the 6-foot-3, 240-pound freshman will be allowed to return to the team next year.”
Takitaki was a three-star member of BYU’s most recent recruiting class, rated as the No. 47 athlete in the country by Rivals.com. Behind fellow linebackers Fred Warner and Tyler Cook, Takitaki was the highest-rated defensive player in the class.
He was being looked at as a player who could make an immediate impact as a true freshman.
(Photo credit: Rivals.com)