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BYU football recruiting: 2015 OLB Mika Tafua chooses BYU over Washington, USC

The addition of Mika Tafua gives the Cougars an athletic and versatile defender to boost their front seven.


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Mika Tafua,  a 6-foot-3, 230-pound versatile outside linebacker/defensive end prospect out of Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu, Hawaii, will sign his National Letter of Intent to play for BYU. Tafua initially committed to BYU back in January of 2013, but was reported to be seriously considering top Pac-12 schools up to National Signing Day. He announced his decision Wednesday morning:

Tafua is a three-star prospect and the 17th ranked outside linebacker in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite. The composite also gives him an overall rating of 87.62, making him the second highest rated player that is expected to sign with the Cougars this year. Tafua also held scholarship offers from Hawaii, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, Washington, Washington State, Wisconsin, Utah, and Vanderbilt.

With a list of scholarship offers like that I don't think it really needs to be said that Tafua has a lot of talent. He is a big get for the Cougars and is a great addition to a talented linebacker corps. Tafua has the speed and athleticism to make plays at the line of scrimmage, in the backfield, or in pass coverage. He shows good pursuit and is a talented pass rusher. In my opinion, Tafua has the most potential upside out of any player in this year's BYU recruiting class.

Tafua is expected to serve a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before enrolling at BYU. Tafua could end up playing outside linebacker or defensive end at BYU, but I'd bet he ends up at linebacker. If he can get back into playing shape quick enough, Tafua has the talent to compete for playing time right away when he gets back in 2017.