This morning, there was no quick “Hut-Hut!” No hurry-up offense was in order, even though it was a moderate surprise that Bellarmine Prep’s Sefo Liufau did not have a fax machine hooked up in his bedroom – just as an emergency stipulation.
Liufau waited – patiently. He went through the school’s planning signing ceremony with teammate Calvin Chandler (Yale) outside the gymnasium on campus at 7:30 a.m., posed for a few photographs, conducted a couple of interviews.
By 7:50 a.m., he was ready – and headed down to the main office to make it official by faxing in his national letter of intent to Colorado.
“I am very happy – very ecstatic,” he said, donning a dark-colored Colorado Buffaloes T-shirt for the occasion. “I have wanted to do this for a long time. Ever since I visited on my unofficial last spring, I’ve wanted to come to Colorado.”
Liufau is the only quarterback recruit the Buffaloes are signing today. But the last six weeks of the process had one minor speed bump.
The week Liufau and the Lions were preparing to play the Class 4A state title game in early December, news broke that Colorado coach Jon Embree and his staff had not been retained. A week later, Mike MacIntyre was hired from San Jose State to fill that position.
“It could have been a whole lot worse with the whole coaching staff change, and it could have come at a different time,” Liufau said. “I gave it a week. I loved the old coaching staff; they were one of the main reasons why I went there. I was very sad when they were fired. Happily, most of the guys got other jobs across the country.
“The new staff is wonderful. I can’t wait to work with them this summer.”
Which is why Liufau developed a sudden twitch to get that letter in this morning.
“Can’t wait to get it out to them,” Liufau said. “I know they are waiting right now at the fax machine.”