East High School (UT) athlete Junior Angilau was on BYU’s campus with fellow Leopards teammate Apu Ika recently while participating in BYU football’s summer camp. While getting photos taken at LaVell Edwards Stadium, the two were pulled aside by BYU head coach Kalani Sitake and defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki. What occurred next left Angilau deeply grateful and with few words.
“Yeah, it was at the stadium when everyone was getting their pictures,” said Angilau. “When I first went up there and we were looking for Coach Sitake. While we were waiting, Kalani called us into another room. Kalani talked to us and then he offered us and I was just really excited! I didn’t know I was going to get offered. I was in shock! I was so surprised I didn’t know what to say. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh! I was just offered by BYU!’ I was like, ‘What the heck?!’”
The offer from BYU left Angilau truly grateful.
“I’m very grateful for the opportunity and I’m very blessed,” Angilau said. “It makes me want to work harder to live up to the honor of being offered by BYU.”
The East High School lineman has many to thank for the scholarship he’s earned; one is his mother and another is his father, among others.
“Well, I want to thank my mom [Leslie Angilau] who really helped me keep my grades right,” Angilau said. “Then my dad [Sione Angilau] because last summer all we did was work out every day all day except for on Sunday. My parents really deserve a lot of credit. Also the coaches for East High School, they deserve a lot of credit too. They really helped me.”
BYU is looking to solidify the lines on both sides of the trenches. Junior Angilau plays both offensive and defensive lineman for East High School head coach Brandon Matich, making him a very solid prospect.
“I’m 6-5, 280-290-pounds depending on the day,” said Angilau. “I play defensive tackle, offensive guard, and offensive tackle. I play a lot of different positions depending on what’s needed. When I’m a D-tackle I like coming off the ball really fast and shooting my hands. When I play one the offensive line I have to take the defensive mentality out of my mind. I have a habit of shooting off the ball and missing, so I have to be more patient when I play offensive line.”
“With my family, one side BYU and the other side is Utah,” said Angilau with a giggle in his voice. “I don’t know how I’m going to handle this, but I know one side is going to be happy and the other side won’t be. BYU and Utah are my top two.”
With BYU among Angilau’s top college choices, Coach Sitake and Tuiaki are in a great position when Junior finally decides to make a commitment. Their candid and honest approach has really impressed him.
“I’m really grateful because Coach Sitake and Coach Tuiaki both took us aside and told us what all the other recruiters and colleges are going to tell us,” said Angilau. “They just put everything out there and told us the truth. I really like that about Coach Sitake and Tuiaki. I felt honored that they were the ones that offered me. Everything they said is true. I’m grateful and feel blessed that I got that offer from BYU.”
Angilau plans on coming back down to BYU to check out the campus and attend another camp in the future. He believes the offer from BYU is a big one for reasons dealing with faith, family, and personal growth.
“I plan on going back down to BYU and back to their camp again, so they can teach me some techniques. I can take a look around and check out their campus too,” said Angilau. “I really like this offer from BYU. I like it because I can go on my mission and they’ll honor my scholarship when I come back. I know it’s going to be a really good surrounding when I go over there not like other colleges. You know, with all the temptations and all that. It’s not like other colleges.”