Pac-12 football teams are starting to take notice of powerful Pili

August 23, 2016

Brandon Pili football

Brandon Pili

Exposure is tough to come by for high school football players from Alaska. If college coaches don’t see you play, they don’t know who you are.

Brandon Pili of Anchorage made a point of getting his name out there.

This summer the 6-foot-4, 310-pound all-conference senior defensive lineman from Dimond High traveled to Seattle to participate in a series of camps with the hope of impressing coaches from the University of Washington.

It worked.

“Coach Strausser told me I was hiding in Alaska,” Pili told “People don’t really get to see me.”

The Washington coaches liked Pili so much they talked about moving him to offensive line to find him a spot on the Pac-12 team.

“If that’s what it takes to get a scholarship, that’s what I’ll play,” Pili said.

“I’m hoping they do offer and that would mean a lot — it would be a huge offer. If they offered me it would be the first D1 offer for me and, even if other offers came, I would still cherish that first offer.”

Washington is among a handful of Pac-12 teams showing interest in the Alaska teenager. Others schools recruiting him from that FBS conference include Washington State, Oregon and Utah.