I have to say it’s a nice day for a countdown, wouldn’t you agree? While we haven’t seen him play yet, we all know what he is capable of. While he’s actually #19, we are celebrating Aisa Kelemete at #69 today. Let’s do this.
#69, Aisa Kelemete, RS Sophomore, DE
Height: 6’ 4”
Weight: 247 lbs (+13 lbs)
High School: Highland High School, Pocatello, ID
How’d he get to The BlueTM?
Aisa had an interesting path to becoming a Bronco. He originally committed to Boise State in July of 2016. Aisa had developed a rapport with a position coach at WSU, though, and flipped at the end of the year. That same coach ended up leaving WSU for another position at another PAC school and Aisa flipped back to the Broncos in January of 2017. Phew! He dodged a bullet there! He also had offers from Idaho, Weber State and Idaho State.
Sticking with what we’ve got.
Aisa hasn’t set foot on the field yet as a Bronco. He’s battled some injuries, but he looks poised to kick off his career this season.
Aisa was named to the USA Today’s All-Idaho First Team and to the 5A All-Idaho First Team as a senior for the Rams, even though he missed the first 3 games to injury. He finished the season with 3.5 sacks and 28 total tackles.
2019 will be interesting.
With the graduation of Durrant Miles, we lose a stalwart at DE on the line. However, that opens up opportunity for the rest of the defensive ends on the roster. Currently listed at DE are Chase Hatada, Aisa Kelemete and Kukea Emmsley. I would like to think that most Bronco fans know who Chase Hatada is. He’s bounced a little on the line, but I think DE is a good place for him. I anticipate he will start by virtue of him being the only one with any play time. Emmsley is coming off a red shirt and Kelemete is coming of an injury.
Having said all of that, it will be a battle. Hatada is a great player and it’s his position to lose. Kelemete and Emmsley, though, both have the talent and skill to earn that spot. The question will be, will they?
We did snag 3 players that could end up at end in 2019: Michael Callahan, Isaiah Bagnah and Dylan Hall. I anticipate Kline ends up at LB. Hall will probably be tabbed for end, so Callahan and Bagnah seem destined for DE. Both have the right size to play right away, but I don’t anticipate either of them to pass up Emmsley or Kelemete.
I think the key thing for Kelemete this fall will be if he can bounce back from his surgery.
Is he on Twitter?
He absolutely is, but I can’t quite tell how active he is.
Completely made up fact
Carrying over from last year, because he is so proficient at making leis, he has also become quite the horticulturalist, specifically in growing plumeria. He’s even begun breeding a blue and orange variety, for obvious reasons.