Broadneck All-Metro linebacker Ali'i Niumatalolo loves football as much as any high school player.
The son of Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo, he has been immersed in the game his entire life. He followed his brother Va'a into the sport and decided five years ago, during Va'a's recruiting process, that he too wanted to play Division I football.
Three weeks ago, Ali'i committed to Boise State — but with one stipulation. He will defer enrollment until 2018.
Instead of heading to Boise, Idaho, next fall, Ali'i could be anywhere in the world, facing a different transition into adulthood.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ali'i will depart...