Pili transferred from Anchorage, Alaska, to Portland earlier this year and college coaches, including CU’s Mike MacIntyre and Oregon State’s Gary Andersen, have taken immediate notice.
"My family ran into a situation financially and I needed to move down here to be with my uncle for a little while," Pili told Scout.com earlier this month. "It's not something I was planning on, but since I got down here, more schools have definitely been seeing me and so that's definitely a positive side to this whole situation."
There’s a lot to like with the Portland/Alaska prospect. A recent Portland Oregonian story listed Pili at 6-foot-4, 295 pounds. In his first game at Westview, he recorded 13 tackles with two sacks, leading Andersen and the Beavers to pull the trigger on an offer. The Buffs appear to be impressed as well.
“I think two weeks ago,” Pili said of his CU offer.
“Yeah,” he said when asked if the offer came from MacIntyre, adding the Buffs project him as a defensive lineman in college. “He said he likes the way I play and I have impressive film.”
Hawaii and Oregon State are CU’s primary recruiting foes in the Pili pursuit, dot dot dot, for now. A dog and a duck in the Pac-12 may eventually offer the lineman and Pili took three unofficial visits in the past three weekends, sticking to the Northwest region.
“U-Dub [Washington] and Oregon are recruiting me pretty hard. They haven’t said anything about making an offer yet, they’re still evaluating,” he said.
“I just took three these past few weeks, three visits. I went to Oregon, Washington and I just went to Oregon State this past Saturday to watch them play.”
The Buffs have a connection to Pili on their roster in senior quarterback Sefo Liufau. Pili admits his knowledge of CU’s recent rise – AKA beating Oregon on the road, AKA 3-1, AKA a strong chance to move to 4-1 -- is fairly limited.
“I don’t know too much about it. My cousin in the quarterback,” Pili said of CU and Liufau.
Pili noted that he’d likely watch Colorado take on Oregon State on television this coming weekend. He’s not sure if he’ll get a trip to Boulder in before picking a college.
“I don’t know yet. I’ve got to see my schedule and how much it costs to get where I need to go,” Pili said.
If CU can finish off its sweep of the state of Oregon on Saturday, Buffs fans likely hope that would resonate with this 2017 defensive lineman.