Sani Tuala is a 6’5"/260 edge rusher who played last year at Citrus College (Juco). He runs a 4.5 40–again, HE RUNS A 4.5 40. He was a rugby star in Australia and moved to the US to play football. Last year was his FIRST YEAR of football. His body is similar to that of some guy named Ziggy Ansah who decided to try to play football. Signing WILDLY ATHLETIC guys is important.
Another DL we got is 6’3"/355 YES 355 DT Danny Saili. Danny played at Hutchinson CC in Kansas, a perennial national champ contender; many NFL players have played there. Rated as one of the top 20 Juco prospects IN THE COUNTRY. Danny had multiple offers from schools in every P4 conference. In my book an all American caliber juco DL with NFL size and with two years remaining > almost any HS DL.
Ephraim Asiata. I hope you have all read the story of him surviving an almost certainly fatal gunshot wound. Dad is Matt Asiata, former Ute star RB who had a very good NFL career. Matt Asiata was such a complete bada$$ that he’s one of the very few Utes I’ve ever rooted for. Total STUD. Ephraim came back from death to not only become a highly rated edge rusher but to have offers from multiple B10, SEC, and B12 schools. Google his HS highlights. This kid is like a video game–he COULD NOT BE BLOCKED in high school. At 210-220 he won’t be an edge rusher at BYU, but he’s fast enough to play SS and strong enough to play LB and will be a stud for BYU. AND a GASHING recruiting loss for Utah. Jay Hill was at Utah when Matt played there; Matt loved him and both parents wanted Ephraim to break from family tradition and sign with BYU. This kid is a living miracle. Matt Asiata’s Son Survives Shooting
Let me add to what Chris said about Tre Alexander III from Georgia. I swear it has to be a prank that this kid signed with BYU…
Tre played at SW DeKalb HS in Decatur, GA. SW DeKalb is a mid-sized school (3A or 4A depending on the classification changes happening now) but has won 19 regional championships, including 3 in the last 8 years. We all need to appreciate that Georgia High School football is played at a different level and speed. With all respect to Utah, which turns out one of the highest ratios of D1 football schollies per student in the country, Georgia HS football is FAST. So, playing high level football against high level athletes, here is what Tre did in the last year:
1st team all region; 1st team all county
11.1 100 meter
WON state in the 400, and his 4x400 relay team had the BEST TIME IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.
For comparison, (if my research doesn’t fail me) the fastest guy at BYU, Cody Hagen, BYU WR coming home soon, holds the Utah record in the 100m at 10.52, Marcus McKenzie, and Parker Kingston have all run multiple sub 10.7s. So 11.1 is FAAAAAASSSTT.
Tre had multiple SEC and B12 offers. He is 6’2". He is skinny but he’ll fill out in college. This kid is a high 3 star (87), but would be a 4 star if he weighed 180–which he will. This is a HUGE HUGE “get” for BYU.
Without Jay Hill, BYU gets NONE of these guys.