One of Boise State’s biggest NLI signees, linebacker Lolani Langi, has decided to delay his enrollment for 2 years as he serves an LDS Mission.
Hanging the cleats up for two years.. God is good??????
— LangiBoii (@FinauLangi) June 13, 2019
Langi, ranked in the Top-50 of Outside Linebackers, was expected to report to Boise this summer and challenge for immediate playing time, but instead the 6’2 228lb Bingham HS (South Jordan, UT) standout will matriculate with the class of 2021.
Langi was a late pledge for the Broncos, spurning home-state offers from Utah, BYU, and Utah State, as well as Pac12 offers from Utah, Cal, and WSU.. and Big10 and SEC offers from Nebraska and Vanderbilt, respectively.
The talented linebacker combines impressive speed and natural strength with a physical play style that creates violent collisions when he tackles. Given the losses for Boise State since of the season, (junior linebacker Tyson Maeva was removed from the team after a team rules violation while at the Broncos Bowl game, senior Blake Whitlock was removed from the team in December, Sophomore Desmond Williams transferred to Weber State, and Senior walkon Will Heffner left the team ), it was a general consensus that Langi would get a chance to challenge for playing time right away as he told 247Sports’ Blair Angulo, "Boise State needs linebackers in this class and I know I could be a key player for them in the future. My goal is to play early and push for time as a true freshman, and I know I’ve got a good chance to contribute there next season."
That future on the Blue is now on hold for Langi, and given that he will be a recruitable athlete when he returns from his Mission, it could feasibly change entirely. If that were to happen, it would not be the first time Boise State lost a LB who delayed enrollment to serve a Mission. In 2016, Ali’i Niumatalolo committed to Boise State, but on signing day he didn’t actually sign with the Broncos because it wouldn’t be binding given his plans to serve an LDS Mission. Then, after returning home early from his mission, Niumatalolo changed from Boise State to Utah, walking on the Ute’s squad in 2017 playing LB as a true Freshman, FB last season, and is now listed as a Tight End.
That said, Boise State fans can take heart in the fact that his social media lists his home as ‘Boise, ID’ with a hourglass next to it, and his announcing tweet did include a Blue and Orange heart.. both of which would seem to indicate that he does still intend to return to the Blue Turf upon the completion of his two years of religious service.