AB Miller HS linebacker Freddy Livai is playing well and firmly committed to BYU

The Tongan terror of the Inland Empire, linebacker Freddy Livai was a first team all-league selection out of A.B. Miller High School during his junior year. Now in his senior season, Livai is turning in a much better performance both on and off the field.

Despite A.B. Miller High School’s rough season, Freddy “Feleti” Livai has turned in a much more productive season with games still yet to play.

“For me, honestly, I think this season has gone far better for me this year than last year,” Livai said. “Personally, I think I’m doing better than I did last year getting off the ball faster, and my pursuit towards the ball is faster and everything is faster for me this year.”

At around 6-3 and pushing towards 6-4, Freddy Livai comes in at 245-pounds. Last summer he was clocked at a 4.57 laser timed 40 at the Rivals camp in Las Vegas, so hearing that his on the field speed has increased should be welcome news to Cougar fans.

“Yeah, I’m at around 245-pounds and I’m a lot quicker this year,” Livai said. “Usually after practice I come home and run around the block just to get some laps in and put in some extra time. On the weekends I go to the gym, even though I’m sore from my games, with my brother in law. I’m just preparing myself to be the best I can be by the time I get to BYU.”

Prior to going to school and football practice, Livai wakes up extra early to get in a stretch work out session in with his older brother, Muli. Muli has taken an interest in his younger brother’s success and has joined him in working out and motivating him to ensure he stays on track.
“Yeah, we wake up early in the morning and stretch out together,” Livai said. “My brother has been a big support for me. It’s a lot of fun having him there with me.”

While putting in extra time early in the morning and after practice has been part of Livai’s daily routine, he’s also been spending a lot of time raising his GPA. Prior to his receiving his BYU scholarship offer, he possessed a 3.0 GPA. Now that he’s received his coveted Cougar scholarship he’s raised his GPA to a 3.6 and possibly even higher.

“I’ve been focusing a lot on school and getting my grades up,” Livai said. “That’s what I’ve been focusing a lot on this year. I’m killing it in the classroom. Right now I’m at a 3.6 or a 3.7 GPA. I’m really focused with my school and that’s something I know is important.”

BYU is doing a great job with staying in touch with me and recruiting me,” said Livai. “They’re showing me a lot of love despite the fact that I’ve already committed to them. I even had the chance to meet Coach Kaufusi during the weekend of the UCLA game. He’s a big guy and a really nice guy. He’s just a real chill guy and I like him. I really appreciate the fact that he took time off from what he was doing to come all the way down here to Fontana just to watch me warm up. He drove all the way down here.”

Having already given a solid verbal committed to BYU, Livai is still hearing from various colleges testing the firmness of his commitment.

Washington is still heavily recruiting me and so is UNLV,” Livai said. “Nevada offered me about a month ago. Washington State and Oregon State offered me and Colorado offered me and some other schools, but the schools that are still trying to recruit me hard are Washington and UNLV.”

In reflecting on BYU’s season so far, Livai is pleased with many aspects of the Cougars' season and can’t wait to join the program in the near future.

“Yeah, I’m excited about BYU and the football program,” said Livai. “I think Coach Mendenhall and his staff are doing some great things over there in Provo. There have been some tough losses this year, and even a loss in a close game I think they should have won, but I think this team is better than the team last year. I can’t wait to be a Cougar.”

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