All-Poly Camp Hosts Up-and-Coming Prospects

They came from all over: Delaware, Samoa, Hawaii, California and Idaho, among other places. Although they were future quality football prospects, many of them were not even old enough to receive scholarship offers yet. One such prospect - an Idaho linebacker that will be entering his junior year - could be a one to watch in the near future.

Dillon Lotulelei-Filiaga from Pocatello represented Highland High School at the All-Poly Camp. Lotulelei-Filiaga plays outside and middle linebacker for the same high school as current BYU quarterback recruit Taysom Hill.

Like everyone else at the All-Poly Camp, Lotulelei-Filiaga was instructed on a number of football skills and fundamentals.

"I learned a lot of things from the drills that we were running," Lotulelei-Filiaga said. "What I learned the most was the technique that dealt more with the stances. A lot of coaches are looking for how you stand, which is a key thing, so that was one thing that they really helped me develop. I've got it down perfect now."

Meanwhile, the academic workshops provided at the All-Poly Camp really opened the eyes of Lotulelei-Filiaga.

"It was very, very helpful for me because I had no idea of all the requirements for the NCAA," Lotulelei-Filiaga said. "Right now I have a 4.0 GPA, but now I know how I can use my grades to help me get into a college. Right now I pretty much know what I want to do in life."

Filiaga said one of his greatest strengths as a linebacker comes from his intelligence on the field.

"I play the game with smarts," he said. "I try to use my smarts on the field and play the game that way."

BYU fans may notice the last word in Lotulelei-Filiaga's last name. As one might guess, he is related to the Filiaga family. His father Isoa Filiaga is the brother of Tui Filiaga and uncle of L.T. and Isley Filiaga. Recently, Dillon had the chance to attend a camp at the University of Utah as well as BYU's Junior Day.

"It was really a fun experience," Lotulelei-Filiaga said about BYU's Junior Day. "I wasn't really sure what I was doing running through the drills, but I guess I did really well. I was running against kids that were a lot older than I was. I was probably the youngest kid running drills out there, but it was a really good experience for me.

"When I was down at BYU I felt it was the perfect environment for me. I'm LDS and I plan on serving a mission one day. It just felt it was the perfect environment for me. Coach Mendenhall is a very spiritual man. He's very different in that he doesn't talk about football, but about how football can be used for more important things in life. I think that's what football should be about. It should be about how it can be used for more important things in life. There are a lot more key things in life than just football, and that's what BYU is all about."

The young linebacker said there are two schools in particular that he is interested in right now.

"In my mind right now, I think BYU and Utah are probably my top schools," said Lotulelei-Filiaga. "I don't think there are too many schools that will influence you to go on a mission and let you go and hold a scholarship for you when you get back. Right now my priority is going on a mission and serving the Lord. I'll take care of that first and let everything else fall into place."

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