UCLA Interested in Frosh Phenom

It's unusual when a high school freshman football player clearly has enough talent and upside to warrant a college scholarships offer. But a prospect in Utah already has two, and UCLA is showing interest...

It's rare to find a freshman that displays that "it" factor that you are looking for in a big time D1 prospect, but Brighton freshman Sione Heimuli-Lund has "it." After the state championship game last year, Utah extended an offer to the freshman linebacker/running back. This spring it was BYU's turn to offer the standout freshman.

"Coach Mendenhall and Coach Poppinga invited me down to Provo earlier this week," Heimuli-Lund explained. "I had a pretty good idea an offer was going to come, but I wasn't sure. When they offered, I was so excited. I love BYU, it's a great school. The coolest thing about BYU and Bronco is that it's not just about football, there is a much bigger view of life down there. That program will make you a better person, and that's pretty cool."

While it is mainly the in-state programs recruiting Heimuli-Lund right now, UCLA and Stanford invited him to their elite camps this summer.

"I will be going to All-Poly, BYU, Stanford, UCLA, and Utah this summer," Heimuli-Lund claimed. "I am excited to show out at All-Poly against all the great competition that will be there. Also, going to California for those camps will be a great chance for me to stand out. UCLA and Stanford are two great programs that definitely interest me."

Heimuli-Lund is just beginning his recruiting process, but has had a chance to watch some of his teammates go through the process.

"I have learned a lot from Jackson Barton and Osa Masina," Heimuli-Lund said. "Those guys were big time prospects, hearing from all over the country, but they handled everything so well. Osa told me 'just enjoy everything and let it all come to you'. He is a big mentor of mine on and off the field."

Heimuli-Lund just finished lacrosse season, where he lead Brighton to a state championship. His attention is now strictly on football and school work.

"I am working on strength and speed," Heimuli-Lund stated. "Mainly, I want to get faster this summer. Lacrosse definitely helped keep me in shape, but I need to keep building my speed. I've also been working hard in the classroom. I basically got all A's my freshman year, and will continue to preform at a high level in the classroom. That is important to me."

Heimuli-Lund has a chance to be one of the best to come out of Utah in recent years. He is built like a senior, and continues to get bigger and stronger.

"I love my two early offers, but I am never satisfied," Heimuli-Lund said. "I am motivated to get more offers, and to represent my family the best I can. I want to be the best Utah prospect in my class, and hopefully can make some big noise on the West Coast as well."

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