PROVO — BYU linebacker Sione Takitaki has spoken openly and even enthusiastically of how his wife, Alyssa, has saved him from his early troubles at BYU and with life in general. But turns out Alyssa isn’t the only family that has helped him through hard times.
Cougar wide receiver Aleva Hifo doesn’t share the same last name as Takitaki, although, according to both players, they consider one another brothers, and for good reason.
Although the two lived about an hour away from one another, Takitaki found himself moving in with the Hifo family just prior to his sophomore year in high school due to some difficult circumstances.
“His dad was actually a high school football coach, so by my sophomore year I moved in with them to pursue football, stay out of trouble, and things like that,” Takitaki, who is from Fontana, California, said. “His dad is basically another father-figure to me, and Aleva is like a brother to me.”
The father’s name is Petelo Hifo, and he worked as an assistant football coach at Heritage High School in Menifee, California. Through several visits to BYU’s summer camps, Takitaki became familar with the program, and although he liked what it had to offer, it was a certain directive made by Patelo that influenced his eventual signing with the program, despite having multiple offers from Pac-12 programs.
“My dad basically told him to sign with BYU, and that’s why it happened,” Aleva said. “He grew to really trust my father and respected him, and Sione just wants to play. He’s not into all the big stuff and what not. He just wanted to play, so when my dad told him to sign with BYU, he was okay with it.”
Takitaki also cites his mother, Fissipeau, for helping him make the decision to sign with a program that …read more
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