"I play running back and linebacker at Northridge High School," said the ever-confident Maka'afi. "I carried the ball around for 103 carries for about 890 yards. I had 12 touchdowns and my forty time is around 4.5, which is now consistent."
For someone of his size, Maka'afi puts up some impressive numbers in the weight room. The native Utahan of Tongan heritage spends quite a lot of time honing his physical abilities in the weight room in preparation for next season.
"I like to show great leadership both on the field and in the weight room," Maka'afi said. "That's just how I roll. I bench around 310 pounds and I squat 530 right now."
Although he's settled in at the running back position, Maka'afi's prep career didn't start out that way. Starting out on the defensive side of the ball, Maka'afi excelled at the linebacker position.
"I play linebacker because that is where I thought I would be recruited at for college," Maka'afi said. "Right now it's my second position behind running back. I really like to be physical and I really like to hit. I like to blitz a lot and my coaches use me to blitz on third downs."
Because of his speed, the Northridge coaches like to use Maka'afi on situational plays on the defensive side of the ball. This upcoming season, Maka'afi expects the coaches to use his speed and quickness to apply pressure on quarterbacks when needed.
"During my senior year I'll probably be playing on second and third downs," Maka'afi said. "I won't be playing all the time, but mainly in situational downs. On the offense, however, I won't be coming out."
"BYU is my favorite right now because they're the ones that want me to convince them why I belong at BYU," said Maka'afi. "I feel it's kind of a place where I feel I belong. One of the reasons is character. I feel I can live up to the expectations that the coaching staff at BYU has set in order to be a part of that program. I just feel like BYU is the place for me. I know that there are other places out there, but I just think they don't know much about me yet.
"BYU hasn't offered me a scholarship yet," continued Maka'afi. "So right now I'm just working hard to prepare myself for next season and get my name out so I have options."