Getting to know BYU commit, Peter Falaniko (OL, Class of 2022)

Peter Falaniko is a BYU football commit for the Class of 2022, making a verbal commitment on July 5, 2021. 

Falaniko is a 6-foot-4 310 pound offensive lineman that preps at Pine View High School (St. George, Utah).  As a junior he played on the offensive line but also had seven tackles and two tackles for loss on defense (MaxPreps).  He also plays on the Pine View basketball team and competes in the shot put and discus for the track team.  As a junior he placed third in region as well as third place at the state meet for shot put (47’9”). 

Falaniko is rated 3-stars by 247Sports (83) and is ranked the no. 29 overall prospect from Utah for the class of 2022. He has seen recruiting interest from USC and Oklahoma State, with scholarship offers from Colorado State, Fresno State, Georgetown, Hawaii, Idaho, Idaho State, Nevada, North Texas, New Mexico, Southern Utah, Texas Southern, Texas State, UNLV, Utah State, and Weber State.  

I caught up with Falaniko to ask him about his recruiting.

BYU Insider: Why did you choose BYU?

Falaniko:  I’m excited to be a part of some amazing traditions, and I believe Coach Funk and Coach Sitake can help me develop to be the best lineman.  It’s a great fit, the program has been on an upward trend and I hope to have an impact coming in.

BYU Insider: What other schools were showing you love in the recruiting process?

Falaniko:  I held offers from some AMAZING schools. Offers from BYU, Colorado State, Hawaii, Fresno State, Georgetown, Idaho, Idaho State, North Texas, Texas Southern, Texas State, New Mexico, Weber State, UNLV, New Mexico, Southern Utah, Nevada and Utah State.  I could honestly see myself at any of these programs but, I could only choose one, and I choose BYU!

BYU Insider: What are some of your favorites?

Falaniko:  I love to go fishing whenever I have time.  I also like to go driving-it clears my head and helps me to think clearly.  I am the oldest of eight-two younger sisters and five younger brothers.  I load up my siblings and we just roll down the windows, turn up the music and drive.  They sometime trick me into buying them Ice cream. 

BYU Insider: What is one of your greatest accomplishment in sports?

Falaniko:  I seriously can’t pin point just one thing.  I’ve been blessed with awards but my favorite thing is to be a part of is helping my teammates crush goals and help with developing underclassmen.

BYU Insider: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Falaniko:  “Stay Hungry and Stay Humble!”  I want to continue to develop my ability to take it all in and learn what I need in order to move forward as a better person.

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Tyler Christensen is a teacher, sports writer, speaker, and ultra-marathon runner. He is the founder of BYU Insider, D1 Recruiting, Virtual School Assembly, and After the Run. When he's not writing or speaking, he's spending time at home in southern Utah with his amazing wife and four children.