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Multi-year captain... Four-year varsity letterwinner... Two-time team MVP... As senior starter at DE/OT, helped Capital Christian to 9-2 mark and Division IV state playoffs... Produced 58 tackles for loss, including 22 for losses as a sophomore, and 16 quarterback sacks as a three-year starter... Registered 229 total tackles and blocked 17 opponent punt or field goal attempts during varsity career... Three-time Cal-Hi All-State and All-Region selection... As senior, played in postseason U.S. Army All-American Game... Versatile athlete who ranks among region's top basketball and volleyball players... Also has earned letters as thrower in track & field... Honor roll and Dean's List recipient.
Nifae Penitala Lealao Jr... Born Aug. 16, 1995... Son of Mary and Nifae Lealao Sr... Dad is a senior technician; mom works in the medical field... Enjoys singing... Wants to become an entrepeneur.
CAPITAL CHRISTIAN COACH PHIL GRAMS
"Nifae has definitely put our program on the map. We've made several Top 20 lists in recent years and a lot of it stems from the recognition Nifae has brought.
"Nifae has a skill set that is absolutely rare. You just don't see the kind of athletic ability he possesses on guys Nifae's size. He's quick as a cat and has a big, powerful frame. He's also an intelligent guy who can diagnosis what offenses are trying to do to handle him.
"Finally, Nifae is just a great human being, everybody's best friend here. He's been a super, upstanding guy in this community."
Selected Vanderbilt over Ole Miss, Stanford, California, UCLA, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Arizona and Wisconsin among others