Pili impresses USC D-line coach with awesome athleticism

August 19, 2017

Brandon Pili football

Brandon Pili

He is yet to play a football game at the University of Southern California, but Brandon Pili of Anchorage is already turning heads.

With cartwheels.

All joking aside, the 6-foot-4 defensive lineman is an awesome athlete, especially for a man his size.

“He’s 340 pounds and he is pound for pound I think the best athlete on this team,” defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze told the Los Angeles Times.

“I mean, he can dunk a basketball. He can do a cartwheel. He’s out there throwing on the run and putting it on the money. He’s a phenomenal athlete.”

Pili, of Dimond High fame, could wind up being the nose guard of the future for the Trojans.

His size, strength and athleticism add up to trouble for offensive linemen trying to block him.

A year ago, nobody in the Pac-12 knew anything about Pili. Then he transferred for his senior season to Westview High in Portland, Oregon, where he earned all-conference honors and proved he could play.

Now he’s proving himself all over again at USC, going from relative unknown to pleasant surprise to secret weapon.