Parents are Lutatu and Lola of Niosafutu, Western Samoa ... married Lisa Lambert in Provo ... sociology major.
High School - Mekeli didnt get a shot at American football until he arrived in Tarrytown, N.Y. back in 1972, and played only one season (his senior year) before enrolling at BYU ... won Con Edison award for the State of New York (1974), was voted MVP in teh area ... Sleepy Hollow High won regional championship in White Plains ... he was coached by Bruce Thomas (Rhode Island) ... 3.5 GPA.
1975 | Sophomore Year
Earned starting berth ... ranked fifth in defensive statistics with 156 points ... was in several key goal line stands, most memorable being against ASU ... made two fumble recoveries, had five sacks and was in on 11 tackles ... very aggressive, unrelenting type player ... 23 hurries ... top quarterback sacker.
1976 | Junior Year
17 quarterback sacks ... honrable mention All-America (AP) ... All-WAC first team ... WAC defensive player of the week ... owns school defense statistics record at 45 points in a single game.