Tongi Langi is excited, very excited. He’s watched his big brother, Harvey Langi, wear the blue and white after serving an LDS mission and transferring from Utah to BYU. Now, he too will have that same opportunity.
“I mean it’s crazy and I’m just following my big brother’s footsteps,” said Langi. “Just growing up, BYU was always the school that I’ve always wanted to go. It was always about BYU, BYU. It’s just an amazing school on and off [the field]. Being LDS, BYU also a college that focuses on helping their student-athletes become more by being better on and off the field. That’s a place where I want to go. It’s a college that will help me be better for my future if football falls off the charts.”
In 2015, Langi played cornerback for Bingham. Last season he grew a little and was moved to safety where at 6-1 and 180-pounds he laid the wood on opposing players all season long.
“I play safety at Bingham High School right now,” Langi said. “I’m 6-1, 180-pounds and BYU wants me to play safety. I’m big and quick to the ball. I read really well and I’m sort of a downhill player. I like to hit guys. I think that’s what I do best is hit people.”
Langi was first offered by BYU head coach Kalani Sitake, who surprised him with an offer during BYU’s summer camp.
“I was first offered at BYU’s summer camp by Coach Sitake,” Langi said. “He told me to keep working hard, and that he loved me, and then he said, ‘I would love to have you as part of this team in the future.’ I was like, ‘Wait what? Oh, really?’ I didn’t see it coming. When I came up to the summer camp that’s when he made it official. It was a dream come true.”
When big brother Harvey Langi found out that his younger brother had received an offer from BYU, he gave him a direct order.
“He wanted me to commit right then and there,” said Tongi Langi with a laugh. “I went home and talked to my parents, thought it over for a little bit, and then we came up and talked about it and made it official a few days ago. Coach Sitake was excited about it.”
BYU’s Harvey Langi told his little brother about BYU and what makes BYU a special place having played football at Utah prior to his two-year LDS mission.
“He said that going to BYU was the best decision that he made,” Langi said. “He said that when he went to Utah and then went on a mission, the transfer to BYU was the best decision he’s ever made. He said he could tell there was a big difference between how the Utah players act in comparison to how the BYU players act. He said there was a big difference, a big difference. He said it’s all good now though.”
And just like his big brother, Tongi Langi too wishes to serve a mission.
“Yeah, I want to go on a mission after I graduate, but right now I’m focused on my senior year,” said Langi. “I don’t just want to be laid back. I want to show the coaches at BYU that they’re not missing out, but that they made the right decision to offer me and that they won’t regret.”
While BYU fans will hear the name Langi resonating over the loudspeakers at LaVell Edwards long after Harvey Langi leaves his mark, it might not stop with Tongi Langi. He has one more brother that is already on BYU’s radar.
“I have one more brother and he’s actually bigger than I am,” Langi said. “He’s probably going to be the biggest one out of all of us. I think they have him playing both ways this year. He’s going to be a sophomore this year, but he’s going to play Sam linebacker and running back. Coach Sitake mentioned his name and asked how he was doing on and off the field. He told me to tell him to keep up the good work.”