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BYU football recruiting: 2016 OLB Jackson Kaufusi signs with the Cougars

Jackson Kaufusi, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound agile outside linebacker prospect out of Brighton High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for BYU. Kaufusi's road to BYU was a bumpy one, previously having had his original offer pulled by former BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall a couple months ago and excluding the Cougars from his top three. Kaufusi received a new offer from new head coach Kalani Sitake recently and surprisingly committed to the Cougars just over a week ago.

Kaufusi is a three-star prospect and the 25th ranked high school prospect out of the state of Utah according to the 247Sports Composite. Kaufusi's composite rating is 82.22, ranking him near most the linebacker prospects BYU is expected to sign today. He also held offers from Cal, Utah, Utah State, Washington State, and Weber State. Kaufusi's uncle, Steve is a member of the BYU coaching staff.

During his senior season at Brighton, Kaufusi recorded 100 tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack, an interception, a forced fumble, a blocked punt, and a fumble recovery.

Kaufusi has above average agility and good lateral quickness for an outside linebacker. He shows decent coverage ability and is a strong tackler. Like many of the outside linebacker prospects BYU has signed in the past, Kaufusi will need to add some size to his frame. But he should be able to contribute on special teams until he does so.

Kaufusi is planning on serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints prior to joining the Cougars. Kaufusi will likely return to BYU sometime before Fall camp in 2018

Here is a collection of Kaufusi's highlights: