Kalani Sitake isn’t joking when he said he was going to go out and recruit the best LDS kids to play for and represent BYU, both on and off the field. Even if that means they happen to be just a year out of middle high school, Coach Sitake will be aggressive and the results have led to an offer to Kahuku High School freshman linebacker Miki Ah You.
“It was really exciting when I got the verbal offer from BYU,” said Ah You. “It’s just exciting and I’m very grateful for the opportunity. I’m really excited for what’s ahead and what’s coming.”
2016 recruit Paul Finau, of Kentwood High School, Washington, who is the nephew of Vai Sikahema, was the first to receive the honor of being the first ninth grader to receive a BYU scholarship offer. Miki Ah You happens to be the second and among the first group of prospects to be offered under the Coach Sitake staff.
“It was kind of unexpected when it happened,” said Ah You. “I was told at the All American camp [on the mainland]. I was told over there that I had an offer from Coach Tuiaki. I was so excited about that.”
Ah You might be young but his aggressive style of play and his ability to read plays and natural instincts has put him above the rest in his age group.
“I can play both inside and outside linebacker,” said Ah You. “I can also play running back and was playing running back at the All American camp. My main position is linebacker and I’m quick to the ball. I have great drive and I can stop runs really well and drop back in to coverage pretty good.”
Not only is Miki Ah You doing well enough at his age on the field to receive his first offer from BYU, but he’s also getting it done in the classroom as well.
“I’m doing good in the class room and have a 3.7 GPA right now,” said Ah You. “I need to keep that up and stay on top of that.”
So what does a BYU offer mean to Miki Ah You? Well, it means he has a goal in mind to keep working hard both on and off the field. It also means he has the opportunity to attend a great university that will help set him up in life.
“It means that I have a great opportunity to get a great education at a great school,” said Ah You. “It means I get an opportunity to play football at a great school after high school if the offer still stands. I just want to get a great education and help take care of my family.”
At around 6-1, 175-pounds, Ah You has good size for his age already. He comes from a football family many of whom played for BYU. He is related to Charles Ah You who played at BYU long ago. He is cousins with former Cougars Matt Ah You (linebacker) and C.J. Ah You (defensive end). His uncle Harland Ah You and Kingsley Ah You also played at BYU during the 1990’s. He is also closely related to Jasen Ah You, who has just been hired on as BYU’s new Director of Football Athletic Relations.
“It’s been my family’s school,” said Ah You. “I think BYU is a good school and a good environment to be in. I haven’t been on campus yet, but my whole family has pretty much been there. I look forward to being able to go there and checking things out.”
When Miki Ah You got the offer from BYU, he immediately told him mother and father. His father, June Ah You, is the brother of former BYU defensive tackles Harland and Kingsley Ah You. His grandfather is Junior Ah You, who was an All American football player at Arizona State.
“I was pretty excited and I told my mom and my dad,” said Ah You. “My dad said he was really happy for me, and he knew that one day my hard work would pay off. He was really happy for me.”
Miki Ah You is also a cousin of BYU recruit Chaz Ah You, who is among the top prospects in the state of Utah. The two have a friendly family competition being played out between them.
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“Oh man, he’s doing a great job out there,” said Ah You. “Chaz has been tearing it up. He and I are trying to compete against each other right not. We’re trying to compete to see who is going to be the better Ah You football player. We’re going to see who’s better in the end. It’s for fun.”