Keenan Pili Picks Up Initial Offer from BYU

Keenan Pili is the latest of the 2016 recruiting class to receive a scholarship offer from BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall. Much like his older brother Trajan, who signed with BYU in 2013, Keenan is the second son in the Pili family to receive a scholarship offer to play for BYU.

It was an exciting day for the Pili family yesterday. Keenan Pili received a message from Kelly Poppinga informing the 6-2, 205-pound athlete that BYU outside linebackers coach and Bronco Mendenhall wanted to meet with Keenan and his family.

“I got a message from Coach Poppinga and he wanted to meet with me and my family and Bronco,” said Pili. “We went and spoke with them and, yeah, I ended up with an offer. It was really exciting and I just feel really grateful for that experience and opportunity.

“It was an amazing experience and I was really impressed with what BYU stands for. I love the standards and I really enjoyed it.”

Pili comes from a family of athletes with long ties to BYU. His older brother Trajan was an All Poly Camp standout for years and monster on the field for Centennial High School in Las Vegas, NV prior to signing with BYU. Trajan Pili is currently serving a mission and no doubt will soon have received the news that his younger, brother, Keenan now has a BYU offer.

“He can’t message back until next week,” Pili said. “I’m sure he’s probably freaking out right now. He’s probably really excited for me, but he just can’t message me right now. I can’t wait to hear what he has to say.”

Keenan Pili will wait for his brother’s reply and meet with his family in regards how to handle this situation with BYU. He’ll more than likely take a similar approach as his older brother Trajan, who took a prayerful approach to the situation.

“I’m definitely going to message my brother,” said Pili. “I’ll then go talk it over with my family because this is a big decision for me. Bronco made it clear that if I’m going to commit to BYU he wants a 100 percent commitment, so I’ll go over everything with my family. I’ll probably give it a week for my brother to message me from his mission. Then we’ll see how it goes.”

At Timpview High School in Provo, UT, Keenan Pili primarily played safety while seeing some playing time at outside linebacker. At BYU, the coaches offered him as an outside linebacker at the next level.

“My season went great, especially moving from PG to Timpview,” Pili said. “It was just a great fit for over there at Timpview and we were lucky enough to win state, which was a great experience for me. I had 75 tackles and three interceptions playing mostly safety. Sometimes I went down to outside linebacker.”

Along with BYU, Pili also is receiving interest Utah and Stanford as well.

“I’m getting interest from Utah and Stanford, but mostly from Utah,” Pili said. “Getting my first offer from BYU is very exciting for me. I’m pretty excited and definitely grateful for the opportunity.”


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