HIGH SCHOOL - He was the first player in Brennan history to play four seasons on the varsity. He earned APSE Class 4A All-State honorable mention as a senior, first-team All-District 28-4A honors as a junior and senior, and was named the area defensive player of the year by the San Antonio Express-News as junior. He was rated as the No. 83 overall prospect in the state of Texas. He was selected to play for the USA Under-19 game for the USA-Canada All-Star game in Arlington, Texas on February 7 (he will not play in the game). As a senior, he played in 11 of his team’s 16 games, as he battled several injuries (hairline fracture and torn ligaments in his foot, sprained knee, strained hamstring and a concussion) but still managed to record 122 tackles, 10 behind the line of scrimmage including four quarterback sacks; he also had two forced fumbles, six passes broken up and four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. As a junior, he posted monster numbers: 167 tackles, with 29 behind the line of scrimmage including three sacks; he had four interceptions and two fumble recoveries; Between his junior and senior seasons, he had 21 games with 10 or more tackles. As a sophomore, he racked up 98 tackles, 16 for losses with five sacks, and made three interceptions, while as a freshman, he was in on 56 stops, eight for losses. Overall, he had 443 career tackles, 63 for losses, with 11 interceptions. Top games as a senior: he was the MVP in the state title game despite his team falling 31-7 to Denton; he was in on 13 tackles with two for losses. In a 62-0 win over Lanier, he had 15 tackles, with two for losses. Top games as a junior: in a 24-0 win over East Central, he had 11 tackles, two interceptions and a sack; in a 31-28 win over Cedar Park Vista Ridge in the playoffs, he posted 13 tackles and a fumble recovery; and in a 52-6 win over Lanier, he had 19 tackles in just 43 plays. Under coach Stephen Basore, BHS was 15-1 his senior season and 13-1 his junior year, claiming the 28-4A district title both times, reaching the state finals and quarterfinals, respectively; Brennan was 7-4 his sophomore year and 0-10 his freshman year, the school’s first year sponsoring varsity football. He lettered in basketball and track earlier in his high school career, throwing a career-best 50-0 in the shot put.
ACADEMICS - He is interested in Business as his major at Colorado, but is undecided on what sequence.
PERSONAL - He was born August 9, 1995 in West Valley City, Utah. His hobbies include watching movies and playing video games; he is also an Eagle Scout. He has four relatives who have played or are playing in the National Football League: a cousin, Stanley Havili (fullback with Indianapolis, played collegiately at USC); another cousin, Paul Soloiai (defensive tackle with Miami, college ball at Utah); an uncle, Tony Moeaki (tight end with Buffalo, collegiately at Iowa); and another uncle, Harvey Unga (running back with Chicago, college at BYU). He is very active in his community, performing landscaping and clean-up duties and helping to feed the homeless. He was the second commitment of CU’s 2014 recruiting class and has been a classmate of George King, a true freshman on CU’s basketball team, since grade school.
(Last name is pronounced what-ah-na-be.)