Last Monday Coach Mendenhall received a similar phone call, but this time it was 6-foot-2-inch, 220-pound sophomore outside linebacker Trajan Pili of Centennial High School in Nevada.
"I called to tell him that I'm committing to play for him," said Trajan. "He was really, really excited and I think he was at the BYU camp at the time driving around in the little [golf] cart. He was just really excited that I called back so fast after receiving the offer and having some time to think about it with my family."
Trajan Pili's mother Becky was equally excited about her son's commitment to play football for BYU. Prior to his call to Coach Mendenhall, she made absolutely 100 percent sure that this is what he wanted to do. She wanted to make it known to him that if he committed, he could not entertain any other school offer or visits.
"He's so excited when he talked to Coach Mendenhall," said Becky about her son. "We talked to Trajan about how sure he was about committing, and he said he was really sure and that's what he wanted to do. I asked him, 'So if another school comes and offers you a scholarship and wants you to take trips, you're not going to accept it?' He said, 'No, I know where I want to go.' So we're all in for the long haul."
Although Trajan still has two more years of high school football to play, he is excited about eventually playing for BYU.
"Going to BYU has always been a dream of mine," Pili said. "I just really love BYU and the town, camp and the coaches. It's just always been a dream of mine to go there. The Pili family has a long tradition of playing football at BYU and I'm going to continue that tradition."
Trajan is athletic and physical for his age, and by the time he becomes a freshman in college and has developed physically and skill-wise, he will be head and shoulders above the rest. BYU fans can be very happy knowing there is one goal in the heart of the future outside linebacker.
"Just be ready, because I still have two more years left of high school football to play," he said. "Once I get to BYU, it's going to be on. I'm going to bring everything to the field to help BYU reach its potential and win a national championship as best I can."
Because of his young age, Pili will more than likely attend BYU for one year prior to serving a full time LDS mission.
"I've been trying to think about that," Pili said. "I'll probably just come for maybe one season. I might redshirt that year, then go on my mission. After that I'll come back and play for four years, but I'm committed to BYU and I'm ecstatic about my decision to play for BYU. I'm also grateful for Coach Mendenhall for giving me the opportunity to play for BYU."