PROVO, Utah – There might only be 12 weeks left until the BYU football season starts, but the activity on the list never sleeps. BYU officially announced the addition of former East High Viliami linebacker Tausinga on Tuesday.
Tausinga signed with BYU as part of the Class of 2018. A three-star inside linebacker, Tausinga received offers from Fresno State, Hawaii, UNLV and the State of Utah before moving on. sign with BYU.
During his senior season at East High in 2017, Tausinga was a tackle machine. Accumulating 150 total tackles and registering eight sacks on a Leopards defense starring current Baylor Bear Siaki Ika. He also had three interceptions and was a star defensive player on an Eastern side that finished 11-3.
Viliami Tausinga Way to BYU
After signing with BYU, Tausinga completed his missionary papers to serve for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Tausinga served his mission in Tonga. He returned to Utah in 2020. Last season Tausinga wore a gray shirt. Now he will have five full years to play four in his college career.
BYU is loaded with linebacker this season, so there isn’t a pressing need for Tausinga to come in and instantly compete for a spot in both depths at LB. Depending on where Tausinga is physically located, he could be a player who lines up along the defensive line. Head Coach Kalani Sitake and Defensive Coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki like players with good frames. Tausinga corresponds to this billing.
BYU opens fall camp for the 2021 season on August 5.
Mitch Harper is a BYU insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.