By Josh Cann
Aleva Hifo will be signing with BYU on February 3rd, National Signing Day. He’s 5’10, 175, and he played his high school ball at Heritage High School in Menifee, California. He was initially recruited by Nick Howell his Sophmore year. He played DB and WR in high school, and runs a 4.6 in the 40.
“When BYU offered me it was kind of a done deal. I committed the 2nd day after they offered. Nevada also came after me and offered soon after that.” Hifo said.
“I developed a relationship with the coaches by going to camps since I was in 8th grade, I’ve seen the facilities, the campus, the academics there and everything, and I’m LDS so that’s what kind of won me over.” Hifo said.
Aleva has some connections to players and commits on the current roster.
“The most important one is my cousin Sione Takitaki, he’s been having some struggles with school and outside of football, but I look forward to playing with him again.” Hifo said. “I know Troy Warner, he lived an hour away from me in California, and got to know his older brother Fred as well.”
The old staff recruited Hifo as a defensive back, but the new staff, after looking at his highlight film said they want to try him on offense. Steve Kaufusi recently visited him at his high school and said they’d like to give him a chance to return kicks and punts as well. If Aleva had his preference to play defense or offense, he’d like to play offense, but is willing to go wherever they want him.
“My goals when I first get to BYU are to be successful academically and gain a stronger testimony of the Church. And of course to succeed on the field and hopefully play as a Freshman.” Hifo said.
The most appealing thing to him about BYU is that they made it clear it’s not all about football, he really likes and wants the LDS environment, and the people he’ll be surrounded by every day, that’s what stood out to him the most.
Aleva aspires to be a slot receiver similar to Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots, who catches the ball in the box and moves the ball up field.
Aleva Hifo is LDS, doesn’t currently have mission plans so he’ll be available to play right away.
He will be taking his official visit to BYU on Jan. 30th.