BYU lands a Top 10 recruit in the state of Utah as 2024 linebacker Ephraim Asiata announced his commitment to BYU Tuesday evening.
Asiata is rated a 3-star recruit by 247Sports. He is the top linebacker and number seven overall recruit in the 2024 class in the state of Utah. He collected Power 5 offers from Tennessee, Wisconsin, USC, Utah, and BYU. Asiata took official visits to the latter three this past summer and fall before deciding to join the Cougars.
Asiata is an explosive and physical player coming off the edge. He played at Herriman High School in Herriman, Utah. Standing at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, he has the frame to be a very effective linebacker at the next level. He plays with a ferocity that you can’t teach to someone; they either have it or they don’t, and he has it. Asiata had a a stellar senior year, racking up 53 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, and 9 sacks.
Asiata was also selected to play in the 2024 Polynesian Bowl.
Many of you may know of the tragedy involving Ephraim that happened nearly two years ago. In January 2022, when Ephraim was just 15 years old, he and two of his close friends were shot outside of Hunter High School in West Valley, Utah. Paul Tahi and Tivani Lopati tragically passed away, while Asiata was left with a 1% chance to live. Miraculously, Asiaita was able to make a full recovery and return to football for his senior season.
Asiata is the son of former Minnesota Viking and Utah Utes football legend Matt Asiata. To see a Utah football legacy recruit commit to play in Provo is a big deal for not only this recruiting class but the state of BYU football recruiting as a whole.
Asiata is the 20th commitment in the 2024 class for BYU. You can watch his highlights below.