Here at Lawless Republic we will be profiling all the 2013 signees & return missionaries who will be joining the BYU Football team this season. This will be a daily feature on the site as we count down to Fall Camp.
Las Vegas, Nevada; Centennial HS
6-2 | 225
Before BYU: The Pili name may sound familiar to some Cougar fans, 4 previous Pili’s have come through the program including Trajan’s fathers cousin and former BYU DL Ifo Pili. Trajan was the first recruit named to this 2013 class, he is a LDS kid who has been a lifetime BYU fan, at Centennial High School Pili earned 1st Team All-State DE honors as well as 1st Team All-League DE and TE honors. In his Sr campaign he notched 63 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 FR and 2 PD at defensive end. As a tight end he totalled 13 receptions for 212 yards and 2 TDs. He was also recruited by Stanford, Oregon, Nebraska and Utah just to name a few.
After watching several highlight videos on Pili I love his speed and his determination, he is a guy that will work his butt off and never give up on a play. He brings a lot of speed and power to the DE position. Some of his “moves” remind me of Ziggy Ansah, it is not pretty or perfectly calculated but he does anything to get the quarterback and when he does he makes it count.