BYU received a commitment from the Army High School All-American Bowl on Saturday as 4-star safety/athlete Faletau Satuala announced he committed to the Cougars.
Satuala is a huge recruiting win for BYU’s program. The 4-star is the highest-rated BYU commit in the 2024 class. He is ranked the second-best player in all of Utah, the 18th-best safety in the country, and the 208th-best recruit overall. He was recruited by several Power 5 schools, including offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Tennessee, USC, Vanderbilt, and Washington State, along with a couple of G5 offers. Satuala narrowed his decision down to three in December when 247Sports’ Blair Angulo reported he would be announcing his commitment from the Army All-American Bowl and choosing between BYU, UCLA, and Utah. He was also selected to the 2024 Polynesian Bowl all-star games as well.
The 6-foot-3 and nearly 200-pounder is a three-sport athlete at Bountiful High School (Bountiful, Utah), playing lacrosse, basketball, and football. In football, he started both ways for the Redhawks, predominantly playing at wide receiver and safety. Offensively as a senior, he did it all. In 13 games, he caught 54 passes for 799 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also added 17 carries for 68 yards and two touchdowns, and he even completed two passes, one of them for a touchdown.
Defensively, Satuala was just as impressive. From the safety position, he compiled 86 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions, two of them for touchdowns, and three pass breakups. He also added a blocked punt on special teams.
Satuala is a big-bodied player, and for being 6-foot-3 already, he looks so much bigger than that on film. The way he towers over players on a jump ball and shrugs defenders off with ease is not something you see in your average high schooler. The way he uses his body to win at the point of attack is a skill that will translate well at the next level. He displays great ball skills with a wide catch radius, making him an easy target as a receiver but a tough defender to throw towards for the opposing team’s passing attack. He has good speed in the open field, paired with high athletic traits. His athleticism, combined with his high football IQ, is what made him one of the top players in the state.
Satuala is a player who could contribute right away in 2024. The question will be at what position he is going to contribute. Being recruited predeominantly at a safety, it is a possibility that he could come in and compete for playing time right away. BYU saw injuries to Micah Harper and Talan Alfrey that led them to turn to Crew Wakely, Ethan Slade, Tanner Wall, and newly returned missionary Raider Damuni. Overall, BYU did a good job at the safety position. However, this is not a safety room that has definitive starters going into next season. If the coaching staff chooses to keep him at safety, there is a realistic chance that Satuala could comepete for playing time as a true freshman this season.
Alternatively, there is potential that the coaching staff could try him out at wide receiver as well. He is a playmaker when he gets the ball in his hands, and based on everything you see on film, he could play offense in college as well, maybe even both ways every so often. With his long frame, he makes an easy target for a quarterback and has shown the ball skills to make a great receiver.
Another position, and what could end up being his full-time position, is linebacker. BYU is very familiar with taking high school safeties and making the transition to play linebacker in college. It most likely wouldn’t result in immeidate playing time, but Satuala could fit that mold as the next player to make the switch. His frame is big enough and lanky enough that he could add weight to it at the next level. He also plays with the physicality that it would take to make the switch to linebacker as well. Also, it has been reported that at the Army All-American practices, he has been taking reps with the linebackers as well as the defensive backs. It may be playing the long game a little more with him, but don’t leave out linebacker as an option for Satulala.
Satuala is the highest-rated recruit in BYU’s 2024 class. He is the 20th high school commitment in this class and the 24th overall, including junior college.
You can watch Satuala’s highlights below.