BYU added another piece to its 2018 recruiting class Sunday night with the commitment of East High School (Utah) Linebacker Viliami Tausinga. Viliami announced his commitment via twitter:
’4 % committed. Rise up cougar nation, let’s get it . Go cougs ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/W0yvFwA67s— 7 (@ViliamiTausinga) January 22, 2018
The 3-star linebacker was sought after by a handful of P5 programs, and had offers from Minnesota, Oregon State, Boise State, Fresno State, Utah State, Hawaii, San Diego State and UNLV.
The 6-1, 210 pound inside linebacker is the cousin of recently graduated BYU DT Kesni Tausinga. Viliami is a hard-hitting linebacker who shows great instincts and ability to stop the run.
Viliami told Mitch Harper at CougarNation.com that he is still considering whether or not to go on a LDS mission, meaning he may compete right away in 2018.
With the commitment, BYU is up to 17 commitments for its 2018 class. BYU signed 13 players during the early signing period, and also has verbal commitments from Gunner Romney, Dallin Holker and Isaiah Herron. DE/LB Nathan Latu committed to BYU before his junior year, but his situation is still up in the air.
You can view Tausinga’s highlights below: