It's rare that you find a freshman in Utah that is already drawing recruiting attention, but Brighton High School's Sione Heimuli-Lund is doing just that. Sione is built like a horse, at 6 feet tall and 215 lbs, the freshman has speed and strength that most seniors in high school only dream of having.
As a freshman, Lund was a key contributor on a Brighton team that made it all the way to the Utah 5A State Championship. Despite losing to Bingham, Sione played one of his best games and caught the eye of a lot of college coaches in the area. Lund had an interception that he returned for a touchdown, as well as a few bone crushing hits. He finished his impressive freshman campaign with 450 total yards on offense, eight touchdowns, and racked up 64 tackles, three and a half sacks, and two interceptions on defense.
"I had a great freshman year,"Heimuli-Lund said. "Obviously, we wanted to take home a championship, but we just want it that much more this year. There is a lot of motivation for us heading into 2014."
Sione's performance on the field combined with his potential down the road led Kyle Whittingham and the Utah Utes to extend an early offer.
"Utah is my dream school," Lund stated. "The offer meant the world to me, to have an opportunity to play at the U is unreal. When I heard that they offered me, it felt like my life was complete. I would love to play for Coach Whitt and Coach Sitake (Kalani).
Utah isn't the only school that has picked up on the freshman phenom at Brighton, Brigham Young and Utah State have been after Sione as well.
"I've actually been spending a lot of time down at the Y recently," Lund said. "BYU is a great program and they have been after me hard. They haven't offered yet, but they told me that will be coming soon. I plan to camp at all three in-state schools this summer, maybe I'll pick up more offers then, but I'm not too worried about it"
Lund most likely will end up playing middle linebacker at the next level, his frame and athleticism are what exactly what you look for in a middle backer. His film shows a football player that has natural instincts, with a tremendous football IQ for a freshman.
"Ideally, I will be playing linebacker in college," Lund explained. "But, I will play whatever the team needs me to play, if that is running back, that's cool with me."
Sione Heimuli-Lund definitely doesn't play football like a freshman, him and his tree trunk legs certainly don't look like a freshman, and at practice he leads like a senior, not your typical easily distracted freshman. Sione Heimuli-Lund is going to be on top of the Utah football prep scene for the next few years, he is a name worth getting familiar with.
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