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Notre Dame Making Impression on Top 2024 LB Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa

February 21, 2023

2024 St. John Bosco (Calif.) linebacker Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa‍ has been a name on the radar for colleges for quite some time, but an ACL injury cost him his sophomore season. The four-star prospect didn’t get discouraged and quietly went to work. 

“I’ve been working with the team and working on my speed,” Viliamu-Asa told ISD. “I’m working on transitional movements and becoming more athletic. I’m running track, so I’m trying to get my speed and stamina up to become a better linebacker.” 

If you watch Viliamu-Asa’s junior film, it’s likely you’d never know he was fresh off an ACL injury as the 6-foot-2, 230-pounder was flying around the field and making plays like one of the top linebackers in the country. 

But the California native wasn’t surprised. 

“As time went on, I expected to get back to where I was and go beyond that point,” explained Viliamu-Asa. “One thing I got out of being injured was being appreciative of the opportunity I have. To be on the field with my teammates was a blessing in itself. I became more appreciative of playing the game.” 

Viliamu-Asa was productive against one of the hardest schedules in the country as St. John Bosco not only plays in a tough conference, but the Braves also play a national schedule. 

“It’s preparing me a great deal for the next level,” said Viliamu-Asa. “To be able to compete within Bosco with the athletes we have is going to make me better. Playing teams from out of state and being able to compete with the best teams from all over the country is only going to make me better.” 

When it comes to Viliamu-Asa’s recruitment, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas, USC and Washington are the schools recruiting him the hardest. The Irish have four coaches in contact with the St. John Bosco star and Viliamu-Asa is loving every minute of it. 

“I”m talking to a few coaches,” laughed Viliamu-Asa. “I’m in the most contact with Chad Bowden, Coach (Al) Golden, Coach (Marcus) Freeman and I just talked this afternoon with the new coach that is working with the linebackers. Coach (Max) Bullough is cool. I didn’t talk to him too much because it was a text and a brief phone call. I’m looking forward to building a relationship with him.” 

Bowden might not be a coach, but his impact is felt in many recruitments as he embraces the challenge of building relationships and making sure recruits feel the love from Notre Dame.  

“He keeps it real,” Viliamu-Asa stated. “It’s good to know that love is there and somebody is in my corner. If I do end up going there, I know there will be somebody that can lighten the mood and things like that. He’s just cool.” 

Viliamu-Asa hasn’t set any visits for this spring or summer, but he hopes to return to Notre Dame and potentially get his first look at Penn State. 

“I haven’t lined anything up just yet,” Viliamu-Asa said. “I’m for sure looking to get out to some places and hopefully Notre Dame.” 

As for a decision, Viliamu-Asa is taking his time and one will likely come after his official visits. 

“I want to make my decision sometime in the summer,” said Viliamu-Asa. 

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