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Four-star edge rusher, Siale Esera, explains his commitment to BYU
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BYU was Siale Esera’s first Division-1 offer, and it came in for him in the eighth grade. Four years later, Esera committed to the Cougars and is now one of their top-ranked commits for BYU’s Class of 2023. On May 27, Esera joined me on Instagram Live for an interview to discuss his recruitment.
Siale Esera Interview
Esera is a 6-foot-3, 250-pound edge rusher from Timpview High School in Provo, Utah. He is ranked as the No. 4 recruit in Utah, the No. 37 edge rusher in the country, and the No. 352 overall recruit according to 247sports.
Being that Esera is from Provo, Utah, he grew up a BYU fan. Therefore, playing at BYU was more than just a chance to play Division-1 football, it meant he could play for the team he loved watching growing up.
“Growing up, I’ve always been a BYU fan because it’s my home team; experiencing the culture that BYU has developed was just a blessing,” Esera said. “I feel like the values that BYU instills in their players and coaches fit me personally, and also now with them heading to the Big 12 is huge.”
The way Esera thinks about BYU is common in Utah, as six of the 14 commitments the Cougars hold are from Utah. But Esera is joining a familiar face in BYU’s recruiting class in three-star athlete, Pokaiaua Haunga, who also plays at Timpview High School. BYU’s Class of 2021 also held two players from Timpview in Logan Fano and Raider Damuni. “It’s great, I haven’t really caught up with all the other commits besides the ones on my team,” Esera said. “The ones on my team I would say I have a good relationship with them.”
Esera sees BYU as a force to be reckoned with once they make the move to the Big 12. BYU has always been able to compete with teams in the Power Five, as they just knocked off No. 9 Baylor in double-overtime. But Esera wants to be part of the team to officially put BYU in the category that the best Power Five teams are in. “BYU’s trajectory his heading up hill,” Esera said. “I want to be a part of it.”
Seeing Esera’s recruitment come full circle makes sense; BYU was his favorite team growing up, and they were the first school to give him a chance. Being that the school is in his hometown, the stars aligned perfectly for Esera to choose BYU.