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BYU Football Recruiting: Sione Heimuli-Lund Has Cougars High on His List

Get the latest on BYU recruiting from this past week. There are new commits and news on those with offers to the Cougars.

There is a misconception from 2017 linebacker Sione Heiumlu-Lund that he is not interested in the Cougars but that is not true. He recently visited Provo and liked what he say. “I love BYU … and they are just awesome.”  Heiumlu-Lund is rated as a four-star prospect and his offer sheet backs that up with Stanford, Arizona State, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Washington State and others.  He recently had a big showing at the Mountain West Elite camp and was named as one of the top performers.

Heimuli-Lund is also a talented running back and had a good performance at The Opening camp in Oakland, and was name as one of the top offensive performers.

 A class of 2017 big back, Heimuli-Lund was very good in everything on Sunday. He’s not a flashy player in space but a downhill, do-everything type of back that catches the ball well. He came away very impressed with his visit to Stanford on Saturday and the Cardinal have offered.

2017 defensive back Chaz Ah You added another offer to his extensive list with Wisconsin wanting the services.

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Brighton High School (Utah) athlete Jackson Kaufusi took a trip this past weekend to visit Cal and Stanford this past week and liked what he saw.

“They were great visits,” Kaufusi told Rivals.com. “It was good to put faces with names. Berkeley was awesome. I really liked their facilities. I love their campus and their buildings. The coaches are awesome and the coaches are what made my mom really like the place, which is good because if my mom approves and likes it, that’s a good sign.”

Cal wants Kaufusi to play outside linebacker and the Golden Bears have an edge since they were the first Pac-12 school to offer. He currently has offers from Utah, Weber State and Washington State. BYU is showing interest but an offer has yet to be extended, and an offer could come after he plans to attend a camp this summer with the Cougars. There is a strong connection between Kaufusi and BYU with his older brother, Isaiah, committing to BYU before leaving on an LDS mission, and also his first-cousin Bronson is a key member of the defensive line. Then there is other family members that have played their college football at BYU and Utah.

Brandon Gurney of the Deseret News joined the program earlier in the week and discusses how BYU needs to focus on in-state and discusses three key recruits the Cougars must get.

On Thursday, BYU landed a verbal commitment from three-star defensive end Freddy Livai of  Fontana (Calif.) A.B. Miller. His other offers were Weber State, Colorado and Oregon State. Livai stands at 6-foot-three-inches and 250 pounds and he is versatile enough to play defensive end or outside linebacker. Livai has improved his game and was recently named as one of the top 10 defenders at a camp in Las Vegas, and his high school head coach has seen the improvement.

“He is such a hybrid and he has just blown up in the weight room,” head coach Justin Nast told Rivals. “He is benching 355 [pounds], squatting 495, power cleaning 295 and his forty time is still a 4.57. He is a really lean 250, too. His brother is I want to say 6-foot-7 and his dad is 6-foot-9 so he is still going to grow and get bigger. He hasn’t even filled out yet.

“Colleges see him as a defensive end or a linebacker, just depending on the team and the scheme. Some people are looking at him as a tight end, too. He can catch. He has been out at our spring practices playing tight end and fullback, doing offense half the time, and he looks good.”

Here are Livai’s highlights:

Four-star wide receiver Simi Fehoko of Brighton (Utah) High School discussed his timeline, Stanford visit and his top five prior to The Opening camp in Oakland. For those who forgot, his top five are Stanford, BYU, Utah, Michigan and Washington, and in no order. Fehoko hinted about committing early but did not specify what early was, yet he plans on taking all five of his official visits.

Coaches are out on the recruiting trail this Friday.

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