BYU wide receivers coach Ben Cahoon was out at Rainier Beach High School (WA) while the football team was working out in the weight room recently. After a brief introduction, Coach Cahoon told offensive line prospect Nathaniel Kalepo to call him the following day.
“They came down to visit some of our players and the coaches like me,” said Kalepo. “He told me to call him the next day. I called him the next day and he gave me the O-line coach’s number. I called the O-line coach later that day.”
During their phone conversation, BYU offensive line coach Mike Empey and Kalepo talked about all things BYU.
“Coach Empey asked me what I knew about BYU so far, and I told him, “I know it’s a Mormon school and it’s in Utah,” said Kalepo. “I watched a couple of BYU games last year. I know BYU got a new coaching staff last year and went 9-4, so we talked a little bit about BYU. Then he asked me about what I wanted to study when I get to college.”
Then Coach Empey sprung a big surprise on Kalepo.
“It was Coach Empey who offered me the scholarship while talking to him on the phone,” said Kalepo. “It was a great experience for me. After I received the offer all I heard in the conversation was that I had been offered. I was really excited and one step closer to my dreams.”
A 6-6, 275-pound sophomore in high school of Samoan descent, Kalepo has room to grow and fill out his big frame.
“I’m 6-6, 275-pounds and right now I play offensive tackle and protect the quarterback’s blind side,” said Kalepo. “Then this year I’m going to also play defensive end as well, so I’ll be playing both ways next year.”
Now that he has an offer in hand, Kalepo holds BYU as his current top choice.
“BYU is one of my top choices right now, and when I got the offer from then I felt that there might be more to come,” Kalepo said. “BYU was my second offer because Hawaii was my first one, but right now BYU is my top school.”