BYU received a commitment from Orem HS freshman star defensive end C.J. Alatini on Saturday.

BYU got a surprise addition to their 2019 recruiting class last Saturday when Orem High School freshman sensation Chuck “C.J” Alatini decided to act quickly on an offer from the BYU coaching staff commit to be a Cougar. Only a freshman in high school, Alatini will likely receive additional recruiting interest in coming months and years, but he says BYU is the place for him.

BYU received a commitment from a rising football star right in their backyard on Saturday. Chuck Alatini Jr. is a freshman star for Orem (UT) High School and he received some welcome news last Saturday while on an unofficial visit to BYU to take in the Cougars’ scrimmage at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Alatini, who goes by C.J., was invited, along with his father, Chuck Sr., and younger brother, Sione Mounga, to meet with BYU head coach Kalani Sitake after the scrimmage. It was then Alatini, who is a member of the 2019 recruiting class, received a scholarship offer from BYU.

Alatini didn’t hesitate after receiving his offer, opting to commit on the spot to be a BYU Cougar.

“To be honest after visiting different colleges and walking on the fields, when I walked into BYU’s stadium last Saturday it felt different from all the others I've been through,” Alatini explained, adding he's visited Auburn, Arizona, and Utah in the past. “It felt good and the energy it had in the stadium was amazing. I had never felt that before!”

“I've prayed about [where I should play] and Saturday, the spirit just told me ‘this is it.’ I know that BYU is gonna be a great place for me.”

A 6-3, 250-pound defensive end for the Orem High School, Alatini had 43 tackles and 13 sacks in 2015 as a freshman, starting every game for the Tigers at defensive end. He also saw time in the offensive backfield at running back.

Blessed with a quick first step and reporting a 4.9 second 40 yard dash, Alatini is just beginning to scratch the surface of the type of football player he can be. It can be assumed that he will have many more offers to come in the future but he says he’s firm in his commitment to BYU, citing the environment and feeling that he gets while walking on BYU’s campus as his chief reason for picking BYU.

C.J. cites his father as the reason he’s in the position he’s in currently. C.J. said his father was happy for him to have received an offer from BYU and added he thought Chuck Jr. had made a great decision. His father gave him a quote that C.J. credits a lot of his success to and it goes ‘build your own dream or someone’s going to hire you to build theirs.’

Alatini is in the process of building strong relationships with BYU’s coaching staff, in particular defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi, defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki, and Coach Sitake, who offered him. He also enjoys a relationship with BYU Director of Recruiting Tevita Ofahengaue, who previously coached at Orem.

Alatini will be hitting the camp circuit this spring and summer, with plans to attend camps at both BYU and Utah, in addition to the All Poly Camp.

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