Another Kaveinga Coming to BYU

During BYU's spring camp, Junior Kaveinga was in attendance watching his big brother Uona perform out on the practice field and enjoying the experience. While Uona is currently preparing to leave BYU to serve a mission, younger brother Junior is doing all that he can to represent the family name in his stead.

In 2009, the safety position was considered one of the strongest and deepest in the West in terms of recruits by Scout's Chris Fetters and Brandon Huffman. In the West 2010 preseason ranking of safeties, Junior Taumoelau Kaveinga was among that talented group.

"I love defense and love playing safety," said Junior. "I can play any position at safety and love hitting people. I love taking the ball away from the offense and being physical."

Although he loves playing on defense, Junior also got to carry the ball at Leuzinger High School.

"I don't remember how many yards I had because I was going both ways more than half the season," he said. "I did score touchdowns but don't remember how many though. I just want to play defense, and that's what I want to do."

Junior had many college coaches courting him during the recruiting process.

"There were a lot of schools recruiting me: most of the Pac-10 school like Cal, Washington, Oregon and the other schools. So most of the Pac-10, but not USC. Also, Idaho, Portland State, Boise State, Nebraska and Utah recruited me pretty hard."

Originally, Cougar coaches wanted Junior to walk-on, but things recently changed since he last visited BYU with his mother over spring camp.

"Coach Bronco told him there is a spot for him there at BYU in the fall," said Junior's father Lau. "When he gets all of his stuff ready, they're going to offer him a scholarship. Originally, they told him to come walk-on, but after they watched his tape last month they told [us] they have a spot for him next fall. Bronco told him to get everything ready for the fall. Even Coach Kaufusi told my wife as soon as he gets everything ready, they are going to offer him."

"I got to talk to Coach Mendenhall about it and he said there is a spot opening up for me in the fall," said Junior. "I'm just glad I have the opportunity to play. In talking to Coach Mendenhall, he said I have to just keep in touch with them and [they're] possibly giving me a scholarship. We were talking about it on the field for about 10 minutes. He said he's going to talk to me about that more, but right now he wants me to finish up my application and get things in order so I can get my classes going and things like that.

"I just want to go out there and play and I'm grateful for the opportunity they're giving me to do that. I mean, I just wanted a chance to play and was just grateful for the chance he gave me to do that. I love BYU and just want to show him that I can play. I want to go up there and snatch a spot when the time comes."

Right now, Junior has to get everything in order with academics and have an ecclesiastical endorsement sent to BYU by his bishop. A possible scholarship for him come next fall depends on accomplishing these things.

"I need to get everything taken care of and I also need to finish up this one class I have, so once I get everything taken care of we'll see," Junior said. "I think that's why they want me to keep in touch with them. Like I said, regardless of what happens I'm just glad Coach Mendenhall and BYU are giving me a chance to play. So regardless, I'm going to go out there and work hard. If it comes before I get there, great. If not, I'm going to work hard and show them. I just want to be a part of it and I'm excited for the chance."

According to Lau, an official BYU offer could be on the way relatively soon.

"They're going to offer him before the summer camp I think," said Lau. "I think that is good and I'm so happy. He's a lucky guy."

Excited and hoping that he will indeed receive that coveted scholarship offer from BYU, Junior said all he needs is a chance.

"I'm hoping they do offer me, but regardless I'm just going to go out there and work my butt off," Junior Kaveinga said. "I'm going to go out there and work as hard as I can and whatever happens happens. When I was out there I really liked what I saw and really want to play. I like the environment and just want to get out there.

"I just really wanted to come to BYU. Ever since I was little, my dad always pushed me to go to BYU. He always taught us that it was a good school to go to, and there is a reason why there is a Church school. BYU kind of got on me a little late and after signing day they watched my film and stuff. They called me after watching my film and really wanted me to come out and play. Go Cougars all day!"

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