Small Town Tight End Getting Attention

Centaurus High School in Lafayette, Colorado is home to a talented LDS tight end/linebacker prospect who happens to be related to a member of BYU's current coaching staff. TBS spoke with this talented athlete about who he is hearing from and what he is looking for in a school.

Waylon Lolotai is a Samoan football prospect who is receiving recruiting attention from schools across the country. Of all the schools recruiting this gifted athlete, BYU has a special connection because new Cougar offensive coordinator, Robert Anae is a close relative.

"That's my uncle," Lolotai said of Coach Anae. "My mother talked to his family and they are moving up from Texas to Utah."

Although he plays for a smaller high school in Colorado, Lolotai has put up some pretty big numbers as a tight end.

"As a tight end I had 27 receptions for 594 yards and 7 touchdowns in my junior season," said the first team 3A All-State tight end. "As a linebacker I had a total of 79 tackles, 38 solo, 41 assists, 7 for a lost, 3 sacks for a 29 yard loss. I'll probably play both positions again next year. Our team is kind of small."

Lolotai does not only excel on the football field, he has also distinguished himself on the wrestling mat. Lolotai was recently given first team All-Region honors at the 215-pound weight class. This recognition came after Lolotai reached the quarterfinals in the Colorado state wrestling tournament.

Coming in at nearly 6'3", Lolotai is working on his strength in preparation for his senior season. He hopes that the hard work will be rewarded by an elusive football scholarship offer.

"I'm 6'2¾" and I weigh 215," said Lolotai. "I max at 250 right now [on bench press] and I squat 285. I dead lift 405 and my clean is 225. I'm getting letters mostly from CSU, UH, CU, Syracuse and some smaller school but I can't remember what they're called. I'm going to the Utah [camp] and the All-Poly and the Colorado camp this summer. I‘m not sure yet if I‘m attending the BYU camp yet, but I've got plenty of family down there."

The things Lolotai is looking for in a university include a good environment, team unity and a program that will allow him to serve an LDS mission.

"I like smaller class sizes so I can get better one on one teaching, and someplace where I feel comfortable on campus," said Lolotai. "I definitely want a place where they will support me going on a mission, and a school with a team that is like a family instead of individual based, also a place where there are plenty of Poly's.

"I‘m seriously thinking about going into psychology. I would like to be around coaches that are down to our level and be able to relate to us as people. Not someone who has to do the workouts and stuff but someone who would support us while we are sweating and bleeding for them and stuff like that. I think it's most effective when a player can go to a coach for advice or what ever they need."

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