There is a new buzz humming and it's charging the atmosphere around BYU football with excitement. On Monday afternoon, Kalani Sitake was officially announced as BYU's head coach in front of many of his former BYU teammates and his old head coach LaVell Edwards. While there was plenty of excitement in the air during the press conference, one recruit who is also excited about the announcement is California linebacker, and BYU commit, Freddy Livai.
"Yeah, I’m excited," said Livai. "He was the one that came down from Oregon State to recruit me. He with was with his brother, Fesi Sitake, who is coaching at Weber State. [Kalani] Sitake offered me a scholarship and so did his brother Fesi from Weber. It was a really cool experience. I just knew him for a short time, but in that short time he did a great job of recruiting me."
In the time Livai was recruited by Sitake, he grew to like him instantly. Sitake's personality and personal qualities instantly warmed Livai to him.
"As a person I thought he was a really great guy just getting to know him for that time he recruited me," said Livai. "As a coach his accomplishments speak for themself, but as a person, Coach Sitake is just a really cool guy. I’m happy that he's the new head coach for BYU. I can't wait to go out there and be coached by him."
Sitake's reputation as a great recruiter has long preceded him. Having been recruited personally by Kalani Sitake, Livai can verify that he is indeed an outstanding recruiter.
"Yeah, he was a really good recruiter," Livai said. "The way he would describe his school, the program, and being a part of an exciting future he was going to build there at Oregon State was all exciting. He made things exciting. He made you believe he was going to do great things at Oregon State. He made you want to play for him, so that's why I'm excited to go to BYU and play for him now I know he's the new head coach. Things are getting exciting."
Livai was offered by Oregon State, Washington State, Colorado, UNLV, Nevada, Arizona, and BYU. BYU got in the picture a little late, but once BYU offered Livai a scholarship he instantly committed. Fortunately for Livai, the coach who once recruited him at Oregon State is now the new head coach at BYU.
"It's a cool deal, man!" Livai said. "He's the first Tongan head coach out there at BYU, so that's a really cool deal. He's also the first college football head coach who's Tongan anywhere, so I'm excited to have him now represent BYU and coach me."
Now that the new Sitake era of BYU football is underway, Freddy Livai couldn't be more proud to play for BYU.
"I think it's going to be great," Livai said. "This is a new era in BYU football, and that era is starting with a new Tongan head coach. BYU is a place I've always wanted to go, and now that Kalani Sitake is there as the head coach it makes the future that more exciting. I'm proud to be a part of this new chapter in BYU football history.”