Under head coach Kalani Sitake, BYU has prioritized in-state recruiting. Recruiting the state of Utah will be especially important for BYU in the class of 2023 - local players like Spencer Fano, Smith Snowden, Pokaiaua Haunga, and Siale Esera will be among BYU's top targets. I recently caught up with four-star prospect Siale Esera to discuss his June visit to BYU.
Siale is a linebacker/defensive lineman out of Timpview High School who already holds offers from Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, BYU, Oregon State, USC, Utah, Utah State, and Virginia.
Siale played a variety of position for Timpview's defense last season. He could play anywhere from linebacker to defensive line at the next level. You can check out his sophomore highlights below:
"The [BYU] visit was amazing," Esera said. "[I] got to see everything that makes BYU...well BYU. My favorite part was probably being able to spend a lot of time talking with Coach Sitake, and seeing how much he really cares about all his players. He is truly a player's coach and I love that."
Esera also had the opportunity to meet a few current players, and take in the newly-renovated locker room. "The locker room was so impressive, the layout was great and everything was state of the art."
Growing up, Esera had three dream schools: Stanford, BYU, and Oregon. The Esera family lives near BYU's campus, but proximity is not his only connection to BYU - his Dad Peter is the Director of Executive Services at BYU.
Off the football field, Siale spends part of his time helping foster children find homes:
The Cougars are in for a battle if they want to land Siale's services. A lot can change between now and signing day, but getting Esera on campus was an important step for BYU.
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