SEATTLE (ABC4 Sports) – The Nacua brothers are coming to BYU.
Monday night, former Orem High and University of Washington receiver Puka Nacua tweeted that he and his brother, former Timpview High and University of Utah receiver Samson are coming to Provo to play for the Cougars.
Earlier in the day, Puka Nacua announced he was entering the transfer portal after playing two seasons at Washington.
Samson announced on February 26th that he was entering the transfer portal after playing four seasons at Utah.
Puka is regarded as the greatest receiver ever to come out of the state of Utah. At Orem High, he set state records with 260 catches for 5,226 and 58 touchdowns. In 2018, he was named the Utah Gatorade Player of the Year, after leading Orem to a state title with 103 catches for 2,336 yards and 26 touchdowns, all state records.
After originally committing to USC, Nacua changed his mind and signed with Washington. In two injury-plagued seasons with the Huskies, Nacua caught 16 passes for 319 yards and and three touchdowns.
Despite appearing in just three of four games in the abbreviated 2020 season, Nacua led all Washington wide receivers in catches (9), receiving yards (151) and touchdowns (1).
Samson played in 45 games for the Utes, catching 82 passes for 1,105 and 11 touchdowns in four seasons with the Utes.
He only appeared in two games in the 2020 COVID-19 shortened seasoned, totaling four catches for 29 yards and a touchdown.
Nacua led the Utes in receiving touchdowns in 2018 and 2019.
Their father Lionel passed away in 2012 at the age of 45, and reportedly wanted both of his sons to end up at BYU.
In an Instagram post Monday night, Samson wrote, “Talked with dad. Told me mom needs us home.”
Kai Nacua, the older brother of Puka and Samson, played at BYU and is now with the San Francisco 49ers.
Puka and Samson should both step in and help the BYU receiving corps right away. The Cougars lost leading receiver Dax Milne, who caught 70 passes for 1,188 yards and eight touchdowns in 2020.