One signee of BYU's 2015 football class took the nation by storm Wednesday: 6-foot-7, 410-pound lineman Motekiai Langi from Liahona, Tonga.
6'7". FOUR HUNDRED AND TEN POUNDS.
The big Tongan has a rugby background and has participated in football camps, and was a surprise signing for BYU's class. More information about Langi is slowly emerging, but Langi is apparently just beginning his LDS mission in Phoenix, so he will join the team in 2017.
I'd imagine he loses a few pounds while on a mission, and could become a huge force for BYU when given access to Frank Wintrich and Division-I training facilities. I'd venture a guess that nose tackle is his likeliest position.
Some nationally have questioned Langi's existence, which is silly. He's also not just the largest person BYU could find.
BYU football's sports information director Brett Pyne tweeted this picture of Langi with Bronson Kaufusi, which gives you an indication of exactly how large Langi is:
Check out new BYU signee Motekiai Taukolo Langi with BYU's 6-7, 265-lb Bronson Kaufusi. #BYUNSD15 #BYUFootball pic.twitter.com/Nc4bwkvnDm— Brett Pyne (@brettpyne) February 4, 2015
Also, this YouTube video emerged of Langi, though it is unclear if this is recent or when Langi was younger:
I've never been more excited for a recruit to return home from his mission. Godspeed, Elder Langi, and treat those Arizonans well.
More on Langi:
@BYUCougars wehad to get Elder Langi a special chair at the MTC because he is so huge. Can't wait to see him play. pic.twitter.com/KiG9XtJ2xT— Justin Edwards (@edwards5521) February 4, 2015
.@geoffmartzen I heard he was one of those Easter Island statues that got struck by lightning & came to life.— foof'splateofchili (@foofschiliplate) February 4, 2015
I’m pretty sure @darrenrovell genuinely thinking that #BYU just invented Mo Langi is the biggest win so far today. Great job, team!— Chase D. Troutner (@Captain_Strongo) February 4, 2015
RT @ctidude: @975Hans @BYUfootball @byusn OH MY HECK! I'm speechless! pic.twitter.com/6q8sp4zfJh— Hans Olsen (@975Hans) February 4, 2015