“I play quarterback at Timpview and I’m a pass-first kind of a guy,” said Niumatalolo. “I’m 6-1, 185-pounds and I graduate in 2018. I’m a freshman right now. I consider myself to be more of a pocket passer. I can run the ball and can be a dual-threat, but I would more consider myself to be a pocket passer. I can go through my progressions quickly and process information quickly. I would say those are some of my strengths.”
During his visit on campus, Niumatalolo learned more about the standards and tradition of BYU. Needless to say he was impressed with what he learned while on campus.
“The tradition at BYU is great,” said Niumatalolo. “That’s something that I really liked. When I went to the facilities they also have an honor code and standards that you don’t see very much now a days. The biggest part for me was when after your football career is over BYU is more about preparing you to be a better man. When it’s all said and done that’s what’s most important, and BYU focuses on that with their players. That really hit home for me.”
“It was great to see my cousin,” said Niumatalolo. “I hadn’t seen him in a while. He just really loves the program over there and he’s just getting used to the plays and everything. He really loves it there.”
It’s very interesting that the Cougar staff would invite a young freshman athlete to come on an unofficial visit to check out the program and facilities at such an early age. Rarely do you hear of such a thing, making Niumatalolo an intriguing prospect to keep an eye on.
“Yeah, they kind of reached out to my dad and, you know, wanted me to come visit them and experience their campus and facilities,” said Niumatalolo. “I was the only athlete there at the time.
“I played on the JV team and I was the backup quarterback for the varsity team when I was playing up at Corner Canyon my freshman season. I only played five games and then I got hurt for the rest of the season.”
It would appear Niumatalolo’s gun-slinging future is a bright one despite having only played five games his freshman season, which makes the early interest by the Cougar staff even more intriguing.
“I feel like this is a great process for me to be on at an early age,” said Niumatalolo. “I’m excited about the fact that BYU knows who I am at my age. I’m way excited that they’ve already recognized me. It makes me want to work harder and be always one step ahead. After them knowing me I’m really excited for the future holds for me.”
Niumatalolo has since transferred from Corner Canyon High School over to Timpview High School in Provo, where he plans to compete again on the junior varsity and possibly varsity teams in 2015 as a sophomore. In the meantime he’s excited that BYU already knows who he is at such an early age.
“It is because I grew up watching BYU football and I always liked watching the Cougars play,” said Niumatalolo. “I’m also LDS, so. I’m just grateful that they know who I am and that I was invited to come onto their campus for an unofficial visit to check out the facilities and everything.”