Kahuku High School lineman Brad Anae talks about his offer from BYU and where he stands in recruiting

Kahuku High School won the 2015 Hawaii state championship by beating Saint Louis High School 39-14. The Red Raider defense was one of the toughest teams to run against allowing just under two yards rushing per carry. On the front line of that tough run defense was Brad Anae, who has been offered by BYU.

BYU offensive coordinator Robert Anae has a nephew that starts on Kahuku High School’s (Laie, HI) defensive line. Brad Anae plays defensive end and played a major part in the Red Raider’s success up front in the trenches.

“I’m 6-4, 230-pounds and I mainly play defensive end, but I can also play outside linebacker as well,” said Anae. “As a defensive lineman I have quick hands. I’ve been told by a lot of coaches that I’m a natural at getting leverage on offensive linemen.”

Currently, Anae has two offers on the table. One has to wonder if more offers would have come in for Brad Anae if he hadn’t been offered by BYU, where his uncle Robert Anae is now preparing to coach his last game in Las Vegas at the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl.

“I have offers from Oregon State and BYU,” said Anae. “Those are the only two that have offered me so far.”

Now that uncle Robert Anae has decided to follow Bronco Mendenhall to Virginia, the decision has affected Brad Anae a little. However, in the end he’ll do what he feels is best for him despite the current situation at BYU.

“Yes, [it affects me] a little bit,” Anae said. “If I do decide to go over there it’s a little bit risky because the staff is drastically changing, and that could affect my decision.”

With Oregon State defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake being a candidate for the head coaching job at BYU, the hire wouldn’t affect Anae’s final decision. He wants to base his decision on solid principles rather than reacting out of emotion.

“It won’t really affect my decision because I want to keep my doors open to any school, but as far as having an Oregon State coach like Kalani come over to BYU I would just have to wait and see what happens,” said Anae. “I don’t want to commit too early and want to take some official visits first. That way I can have a better idea of what’s going on and make an overall decision based on what’s best for me.”

When it comes to BYU, the greatest issue for Brad Anae leans more towards the fact the current staff wants him to grey shirt his first semester until the scholarship kicks in. Anae has reservations about putting that type of financial strain on the backs of his parents, so this one factor more than anything else might be more the deciding factor.

“Yeah, I know that BYU always holds scholarships for their players when they come home from missions,” said Anae. “The thing for me is, I can’t go on my mission because I’ll be 17 and that I’ll have to grey shirt the first semester. I don’t know if that’s a favorable situation for me because my parents would have to pay for the entire college. I don’t know if that’s a favorable situation for me because I don’t really want my parents to pay for my college. I’ll wait and see what happens. I’m going to make a final decision after January when all the recruiting stuff settles down. BYU is in my top three.”

Graduating high school at a young age has placed him in a precarious position when it comes to serving a mission. He’ll be in college for a few years and will wait to decide when the time comes.

“I’m leaning towards just playing college football,” said Anae. “I have to really buckle down and make that decision, but I still have a lot of time to figure that out. I’m a young senior and I’m graduating early at 17. I started kindergarten early, so when I graduate I’ll be 17. I’ll be in college for a few years before I can go on a mission, so that’s why.”

Still BYU is in the mix regardless. He’ll take his visit to BYU and then decide what’s best for him. When he takes his visits he’ll be looking for three things he feels are most important to him.

“Well, first of all the academic programs and how good the school is as far as an under graduate degree is,” Anae said. “Then I would say the football program. I want to be a part of a great football program and something special. The third one would be the campus and the area and how I fit in. I want to be comfortable with the environment and go to a place where I feel comfortable.”

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