Recruiting is the lifeblood of any major college athletics team, but following it closely as a fan can sometimes be difficult and can often be time consuming. We’ll try and condense all the recruiting news you can use into this bi-weekly (or more often since we are in Uncertain Times and there aren’t actual sports going on) post. It’ll include updates on current commits, including stats from their high school games, as well as news on players the Badgers are still pursuing. Let’s get down to business!
- 2023 unranked LB Liona Lefau (Laie, Hawaii) out of Kahuku High School received an offer from defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield and the Wisconsin Badgers on Wednesday. The rising sophomore also has an offer from Utah already.
Thankful and honored to recieve an offer from @UWcoachnokes and the University of Wisconsin to play football at the next level!! ⚪️ #GoBadgers #B1G @ToaleiT @CoachVaiNotoa @levelupelitesFB @WCA_Training pic.twitter.com/xPjH5pJIZQ— liona lefau 2023 (@LefauLiona) July 22, 2020
The 6-foot-1 and around 200 pound linebacker has also played safety, wide receiver and tight end, according to his Hudl tape. The Badgers, however, will be recruiting him as an outside linebacker.
Lefau has moved around a bit recently with his family, and this Hawaii Prep World article has all the details: “Lefau grew up in Laie, then moved with his family to California for eighth grade at Winners Circle Academy (Corona, Calif.) and ninth grade at JSerra. Then, the family moved back to Hawaii. When he begins classes at Kahuku, he carries a 3.6 grade-point average.”
The article also notes that Lefau has family connections with Wisconsin as his dad grew up with Breckterfield, his uncle played with Breckterfield at Oregon State and his 7v7 coach went to high school in Honolulu with Breckterfield.
Lefau already shows good coverage skills, a nose for the ball and an ability to hit like a truck. As he grows and gets bigger he should turn into a prototypical Wisconsin outside linebacker recruit. Lefau is the third offer in the 2023 class, including RB Richard Young from Florida and QB Cameron Edge from Maryland.
With the family connections he has to Wisconsin and the fact that the Badgers just signed a big time linebacker recruit from Hawaii I’d guess that UW sticks around in Lefau’s recruitment for a while.