Aleva Hifo, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback prospect out of Heritage High School in Menifee, California, has signed his National Letter of Intent to play for BYU. Hifo committed to the Cougars almost a full year ago and stayed fiercely loyal to BYU since.
Hifo is a three-star prospect with a 247Sports Composite rating of 83.15. His rating makes him the 120th ranked cornerback in the country and one of the best cornerbacks the Cougars have signed in years. Hifo also had an offer from Nevada and interest from Boise State.
Hifo was a two-way player for Heritage picking up a solid 1,206 all purpose and 19 touchdowns between rushing, receiving, and kick returns this past season. On the defensive side of the ball, Hifo had a pass deflection last season and intercepted three passes and had 30 tackles in his junior season.
Hifo is an exciting and athletic cornerback prospect with huge upside. He is a smart player with good speed, instincts, and awareness. Hifo has superb ball skills, so hopefully in the not to distant future will see him picking off passes that come his way. His versatility to play other positions and contribute to the return game also make him a valuable signee. Because of that versatility, he could easily end up playing wide receiver for the Cougars when it is all said and done.
Cornerback is one of the most difficult positions to come in and contribute right away, but it is also is a position where BYU can use some depth. If Hifo can pick up the Cougars scheme quickly, he should have opportunities to contribute on special teams and earn his way into the two-deep during the season.
Here are some of Hifo's highlights: