BYU Nabs a Familiar Name

The Heimuli name is somewhat synonymous with BYU football, as players such as Lakei Heimuli and Hema Heimuli have passed through the program. Another Heimuli added his name to the role on Friday, as Anthony Heimuli committed to sign a letter of intent with BYU this coming February.

"I've never wanted to play anywhere else," said Anthony Heimuli. "When they offered me I accepted it immediately. BYU is the school I've always dreamed of playing for ever since I can remember, so I'm very excited to have that opportunity."

Heimuli is a 5-foot-11-inch, 225-pound running back prospect from Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah. He defines himself as a power back, and averaged 8 yards per a carry a year ago.

"I love to hit people," said Heimuli. "I like to lay people out. I'm not afraid of contact; I love contact. I'm quick as well and I catch the ball well. I'm sort of like Manase Tonga in that way."

Heimuli worked out at BYU's padded camp and the All-Poly Camp, and caught the eye of BYU running back coach Lance Reynolds, who approached Heimuli told him the coaches were very interested in further evaluating him.

"When Coach Reynolds first approached me it was very exciting for me," said Heimuli. "I was like, "Yeah, I'll meet with coaches, I'll do whatever you want. I want to go to BYU.'"

BYU's interest in Heimuli culminated with a meeting with head coach Mendenhall and a subsequent offer. For Heimuli, it was a dream come true.

"Just being there and sitting down with Coach Mendenhall was like a dream," said Heimuli. "I admire Coach Mendenhall and BYU's program so much. To have the opportunity to play for BYU is all I ever wanted."

Heimuli is LDS and has mission plans. Right now he plans on playing a year before leaving for his planned mission.

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