JC D-lineman Likes BYU

A big defensive tackle from a California junior college is getting attention from some top D-I programs. One of those programs is BYU. The Cougars need to shore up a D-line that will lose many key members to graduation at the conclusion of the season.

Former Freemont High School (Plain City, Utah) offensive and defensive line standout Viliami Akoteu is getting quite a bit of attention manning the defensive line at Laney Junior College in Oakland, California. His size and aggressive style of play on the football field has caught the eyes of BYU coaches.

"I play defensive line, I'm 6'3", 320-pounds, and I've been clocked at a 4.8 forty,"' said Akoteu. "I got six sacks and a lot of hurries. I play for Laney JC out of Oakland. I just play smash mouth football, and I don't really say much on the field. I'm pretty quiet on the field but I like to play smash mouth football."

Although BYU has not offered Akoteu a scholarship, some other major D-I schools have offer the powerful defender.

"I talk to Ohio, Central Florida, BYU, Missouri, Texas A&M and some other schools," Akoteu said. "All the coaches that have called me are from those schools. They just talk about the scholarship offers they have. Missouri, Idaho University, Texas A&M have offered me."

The one school that has yet to offer him a scholarship is the one that Akoteu hopes for the most. BYU coaches spoke to Akoteu last week, and he's hoping they will speak to him again very soon now that the regular season is over.

"I'm interested in going to BYU, but I haven't heard from them since last week, but I'm really interested in going to BYU," Akoteu said. "Last week they just told me that they think I'm a really good player and that they really want to get me out there to BYU. I'm really excited. If BYU offers me, I'll go. BYU hasn't offered me yet, but I hope they offer me. My mom is excited they're talking to me."

One reason why Akoteu wants to play for BYU is because BYU represents his religious background. He also likes the fact there are many LDS Polynesian players on the team.

"I'm LDS and there's a lot of Polynesian players there," Akoteu said. "That's one of the reason why I would want to go to BYU. I also have a lot of family up there as well."

Although Laney did not make the JC Grid-Wire top 25 teams, the junior college did defeat undefeated American River JC (10-0) in the Capital Shrine Bowl. Akoteu was selected as a first team member for the All-GGC League as a defensive tackle and made the key play of the game to seal the Laney JC win.

"We won our bowl game," Akoteu said. "We played American River and they were undefeated. The score was 20 to 17 and I blocked the game winning kick."

Akoteu said he has one more semester of college left before he graduates in June with his AA degree. He said he was fully on track to accomplishing this goal. In the mean time, Akoteu will be taking a few recruiting trips. This up and coming weekend he'll be visiting Idaho State University. He hopes to be on the recruiting list of BYU in the near future.

"Yeah, I was supposed to take one to Idaho State University this weekend on the 9th of December," Akoteu said. "I hope I can take a trip out to BYU though. That's where I would want to go visit."


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