Another Texas sleeper to walk-on

Total Blue Sports just reported that Lahi Kautai will walk-on at BYU, and the Cougars will get another quality walk-on football player from powerhouse Trinity High School in Texas. Considered a sleeper prospect, this 6-foot-4-inch, 220-pound outside linebacker is planning on enrolling to BYU this season and will attempt to try and earn a scholarship on Coach Mendenhall's defense.

The second player from Trinity High School – a team loaded with talent – to walk-on at BYU for the 2012 class is Josh Saafi, an outside linebacker.

"Yeah, I'm going to head out there with Lahi [Kautai] and try and play at BYU," Saafi said. "It's not a scholarship, but it's always been my dream to go play football at BYU. That's what I want to do."

Saafi had hoped that BYU would pull the trigger and offer him a scholarship over the course of the recruiting period. However, that never happened, and Saafi will enroll at BYU where he will try and earn a scholarship.

"I'm not going to settle for less, so that's why I'm going there," Saafi said. "Like I said, BYU is the place where I've always dreamed of playing for and so I'm going to try and make that happen."

Saafi started for the Trojan defense prior to suffering an injury.

"I tore my UCL in my elbow," Saafi said. "I'm good now though and I'm a 100 percent. By the time I get to BYU, I'm going to be perfect."

Nevertheless, the injury hampered his performance during his senior year.

"My injury held me back," Saafi said. "I feel I didn't accomplish enough and I was sort of upset with myself. My injury basically ruined it, but I can't keep my head down. When you hit those low points you have you have to pick yourself up."

Saafi is Tongan and ranked by Max Preps as the nation's 96th best outside linebacker. He also trains and conditions as a mixed martial arts fighter and wants to bring that mentality to BYU's defense.

"That's something that I like to do is train with mixed martial Arts. Right now I'm just training and hoping to get in for the fall over there."

Scout's national recruiting analyst Greg Powers had this to say about the sleeper outside linebacker from Trinity High School: "Little bit of a sleeper here who looks good after putting on a solid 15 pounds in the off-season. He did not get to play as much as a junior, but was one of the best players out there on the defense that lacked Nance and Polo.

"He has a really nice frame and moves well. Some schools looking for a player to fill that OLB/S type of position should definitely stop by and check him out."

Saafi plans on being enrolled at BYU prior to fall camp, and will then serve a mission after the 2012 season.

"I plan on being out there for fall but I'm going to serve my mission," Saafi said. "I turn 19 in October and so I plan on leaving sometime after that. I want to serve my mission and then come back and have four years of eligibility, but let the BYU fans know that Josh Saafi is coming out there. They need to get ready for the new generation of BYU football that's coming up."


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