BYU is the Right Place for Hirkley Latu

The BYU Cougars have received a commitment from one of the top defensive players in the state of Hawaii out of Kahuku High School. The Cougar coaching staff has set their sights on a few north shore prospects and has hauled in their first commit from the island powerhouse program since safety Ku-J Tapusoa committed.

Hirkley Latu is a versatile defensive player that can play multiple positions at the next level. He’s got the frame (6-3, 200-pounds), the physicality, and speed to play either outside linebacker or safety in college.

“I was thinking I could either play outside linebacker like Kyle Van Noy did,” said Latu. “I can also play safety as well. Those are kind of the two positions I play now at Kahuku. I’ll probably play outside linebacker at BYU.”

Last Saturday, Latu decided to make his verbal commitment official. He chose to make BYU the place where he’ll take his aggressive style of play to the next level.

“I decided to commit to BYU because that was where I felt was best for me,” said Latu. “I just felt it was time to make that decision and BYU is a school that I’ve always liked. I committed to BYU [two days ago] and I’m excited about my decision. It feels good to finally get it over with.”

Latu only had two offers at the time of his commitment, one from BYU and the other from Utah. It was only a matter of time before the Kahuku defensive star garnered more offers on the table as one of the top defensive prospects in Hawaii. Regardless of how many colleges may come calling, Latu is set on attending BYU.

“I just felt like BYU was the right place for me,” said Latu. “The program is more than just about football, and I think I fit in well there as a person. Coach Poppinga and Coach Atuaia recruited me really hard and showed me that they wanted me there, so I just felt like it was the best place for me to be all the way around.”

Upon graduating from Kahuku High School in 2016, Latu will set aside football for two years to serve as an LDS missionary prior to enrolling at BYU.

“I’ve always wanted to serve a mission,” he said. “I plan on serving my mission after high school then going to play football at BYU after. I’m excited now that I’ve committed because now I can just focus on my team and my schooling. It feels good to get it off my shoulders.”

BYU is also recruiting Kahuku running back Kesi Ah Hoy, who is a 2017 prospect for the Red Raiders. Now that Latu has made his commitment to BYU official, maybe the Cougar coaching staff can use him to lean on Ah Hoy.

“Yeah, he knows I really like BYU,” said Latu. “I know Kesi likes BYU a lot as well. Hopefully he’ll commit there like I did because he’s a really good player. I know he likes BYU so maybe that will happen. We’ll see I guess.” wishes to congratulate Hirkley Latu on his commitment to BYU and will continue to monitor his play and recruitment. TBS will bring you the latest news as always when it comes to BYU prospects and commits.

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