“In the past three weeks I went to the Nike camp in L.A. and at USC,” said Trajan Pili. “Also, there was a 7-on-7 NLA camp in Las Vegas. One reason why I like to go to all of these camps is because I like to test myself against the competition that’s out there to help make me better. When I went to these camps I did pretty solidly.”
His performances caught the attention of some of the West Coast scouts in attendance.
“I probably did raise some eyebrows at these camps, but I know what I can do and how far I can go,” Pili said. “That’s what really drives me to be the best I can be.”
His drive to become the best he can be by performing at many of these camps has also caught the attention of some college coaches.
“I’ve been getting a lot of interest over the past few months, but because I committed so early and have stuck by that commitment, a lot of schools have backed off,” Pili said. “Well, I don’t know if they’ve really backed off, but it’s just not as heavy. Now it’s just mostly letters and things like that from them. Also, many others have stepped forward and have shown interest in me.”
Most of the colleges that have come on strongly are represented in the Pac-12 Conference.
“The colleges that have come on strong are Cal Berkley, Stanford, Washington and Utah State,” Pili said. “Also, Utah has come on strong lately as well.
“The strongest recruiters that are trying to come after me would be Stanford and Cal Berkley. It’s a nice compliment knowing that all the hard work that I’ve done over the years has paid off.”
This past weekend, Pili came down to visit BYU during its Super Elite Day.
“I went to the Super Saturday and we toured the new broadcasting center next to the Marriott Center,” Pili said. “It’s a really nice facility we’ve got going on there. Most of the time we just talked to the coaches and they showed us the main control center for all the BYU channels, like BYUtv, KBYU and the BYU international channel. That was really nice. They also showed us the new high definition broadcasting truck that they drive to the games. All of that was really nice.
“Also, there were around 10 to 12 guys there. I was there, Talon Shumway was there, Moroni [Laulu-Pututau], Keegan [Hicks], Siale Fakailoatonga and Inoke Lotulelei. That’s about all that I can remember off the top of my head.”
The purpose of Super Elite Day was to reinforce the recruits’ commitment to BYU while reacquainting them with the purpose of what BYU is trying to accomplish.
“I think some of the main reasons why they wanted us there is to reaffirm the reason why I committed to go there,” said Pili. “When I made that commitment I knew where I wanted to go and why I wanted to go there. The coaches explained what the purpose of BYU is and how they’re trying to accomplish that. It was really nice.”
The recruits also got a chance to speak directly to some of the players on the team.
“The advice from the players was really nice also,” said Pili. “Riley Nelson was there, Kyle Van Noy, Ross Apo, Cody Hoffman, Iona Pritchard, Michael Alisa and Daniel Sorensen. That was a time in which we could have some one-on-one time with the players and ask them questions.
“They talked about BYU and gave us a lot of good advice. They talked about playing your best every day and every play you get. They also talked about how by having good morals, great things can come to pass. It really inspired me to be the best I can be.”