Tejan Koroma Update

This coming weekend, Tejan Koroma will be playing for a berth in the 5A Texas Division 1 State Championship Game when Allen High School squares off against DeSoto High School. Win or lose, Koroma's future in football is about to heat up once his high school career is over, but that road to BYU would not have come true if his parents hadn't left their native land of Sierra Leone during the 1980's.

In the first round of the state playoffs, Tejan Koroma and his Allen High School teammates soundly defeated Lake Highlands 63-6. The Eagles followed that up by beating Horn 42-14 in the second round, followed by a third round demolition of The Woodlands 56-21.

"Everything is going really well," said Koroma. "We're in the playoffs and hopefully we can keep winning."

Last week Allen High School defeated Westfield 48-13 in the quarterfinals of the UIL State Playoffs and will face undefeated DeSoto High School this weekend, with a place in the 5A Division 1 State Championship game at stake.

"Westfield's a good team," Koroma said. "They're probably the best team we faced all season."

Westfield had been undefeated until meeting Allen in the 5A quarterfinals. Allen's semifinal opponent, DeSoto, is a fellow Texas high school powerhouse and, based on the national rankings, this game should be the de facto state championship game. DeSoto is ranked #2 nationally, while Allen is close behind at #3.

"We went undefeated throughout the regular season and we want to continue that record and become 5A state champions," Koroma said. "We expect to do that and it's been a fun year. It went by too quickly."

As a junior at Allen, Koroma was selected as the First Team All-State Center. While Tejan hasn't accomplished some of the goals he set for himself this season, he still feels his senior year has gone well.

"I feel like this year I've done really well personally," Koroma said. "I wasn't able to reach as many pancakes that I wanted to reach at this point in my senior year. We didn't run the ball as much this year as we did last year, so that's one reason why I wasn't able to (reach his pancakes goal), because we passed the ball more this year. This year I've only got about 50 pancakes."

Recording 50 pancake blocks is still quite the accomplishment when one considers the level of competition Koroma is facing weekly playing 5A football in Texas. Since committing to BYU, Koroma has kept in regular touch with BYU.

"BYU has been treating me well since I committed," said Koroma. "I've been talking to Coach Tujague and keeping in touch with him. I'm just excited to head up there next fall and be a Cougar. I'm really blessed that I can say I'm going to be playing football for BYU next season after it's all said and done here in Texas."

Once the football season is over, Koroma may be joining the Allen Track and Field team. The coaches have approached each of the past three years and he's expecting the same this year.

"Football is pretty much my only sport, but the track and field coaches might want me to throw some shot up this year," Koroma said. "If they need me, they'll try and force me to go out there and throw. Over the past three years they've made me do that. Last year my best mark was 45 feet."

Next month, Koroma plans on taking an official visit to BYU during the annual January recruiting weekend, when most of BYU's committed recruits will be on campus.

"I can't wait to head up there to Utah in January to visit with everybody," Koroma said. "I plan on coming up some time in January for my official visit. I'm excited about that."

While Koroma's journey to committing to BYU is a recent one, it actually started in Africa where his parents are from. In the 1980's, his mother and father left Africa for America for the purpose of one day providing a better future for their children. The rest, as they say, is history.

"My mom and dad are from Sierra Leone," Koroma said. "It's a small country in west Africa. I was born in Dallas, Texas, but I believe my parents moved to the states in the 80's. They knew each other back when they lived in Sierra Leone, but they parted ways and my mom came out here to Texas then moved to California before moving back. My dad went to college in Cuba. I think after he got out of college he moved to Texas and that's when they met up again."

While Koroma's parents were living in Texas they met LDS missionaries who were serving in the Dallas, Texas Mission. After taking the missionary discussions, they decided to join the LDS Church.

"They wanted to get their education out here and provide a better opportunity for their kids," said Koroma. "While they were out here living in America they joined the church. It's pretty cool and now I have received a scholarship to play for BYU. It's pretty cool how things have worked out. It's kind of crazy to think that if they hadn't left Sierra Leone I wouldn't have had the opportunity to play college football at BYU."

Total Blue Sports Top Stories