After losing two 2018 recruits to Utah last week in OL Jaren Kump and DL David Fotu, BYU lost a member of its 2015 class.
Mika Tafua, a consensus 4-star linebacker and one of the top recruits of BYU’s 2015 class, looks like he will be heading to Utah. Tafua returned from his LDS mission in late September.
Ikei Sports Hawaii, where Tafua appears to train in his home state, first reported the news on its Instagram page:
Congrats to IKEI WARRIOR DE Mika Tafua as he now continues his journey as a Utah Ute and joins his new family today. He will join another IKEI WARRIOR OL Jordan Agasiva. I look forward to watching these boys grow together as Both of them have NFL potential. #ikeiallday #ikeiwarrior #thegrindneverstops
There are many reasons for why players change their commitments, but BYU’s lackluster 1-5 start no doubt is playing at least some role. Kalani is known as a great recruiter and has repeatedly talked about the importance of recruiting. Kalani and staff have brought in some good players, especially some high level transfers, but the last week does raise some cause for concern.
Can Kalani and company right the ship over the next 4 months to hold onto blue-chip linebacker Brandon Kaho and lure in 5-star QB Tanner McKee? If this staff can land those two, then the 2018 class could still end up being really good. If not, questions surrounding the staff will only continue to grow.
If anything, at least we can have some fun at looking at past tweets from Utah fans about how terrible it is to recruit missionaries.
Life comes at you fast ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/60LnE3Vcn3— Robby McCombs (@rtmccombs) October 13, 2017