Longson On Official Visit to BYU

The nation’s 29th-rated offensive tackle will be taking an official visit to BYU this weekend. BYU will be playing Virginia tomorrow afternoon and Kieffer Longson hopes to soak up all the ambiance of game day as well as everything else BYU has to offer an LDS athlete.

Yesterday, Kieffer Longson flew into Provo. The big 6-7, 300-pound offensive tackle out of Dougherty Valley High School is looking forward to his time in Provo. BYU Offensive Line Coach Garret Tujague is Longson’s primary recruiter and the big Californian lineman enjoys talking with the BYU coaching staff.

“[Coach] Tujague is going to pick me up [on Thursday] after my practice,” said Longson. “I’m going to go down there and I’m super excited. It should be a great time out there.

“[Coach Tujague has been recruiting me] and we talk a lot. I mean, all the BYU coaches just say, ‘what’s up’ and ask how I’m doing and things like that. We always talk about life and things like that. They’re just all awesome and we talk a lot whenever we have the chance. There are times when they can’t talk to me because of the rules, but we keep in touch quite a bit for the most part.”

The visit to Provo is an official visit for Longson. BYU will surely roll out the red carpet for Longson during a weekend of game preparation.

“I’ll be taking an official visit,” Longson said. “I want to get one done on my bye week and then maybe do my other two after my season.

“I think they’re going to show me everything like the stadium, the indoor practice facility, and around campus. I’ll be able to go to a game on Saturday and get to experience that. I’ll be able to talk to some of the players and do everything there is to possibly do. I’m sure the team will be getting ready for the game, but I’m excited to get out there and check out the players.”

While on his visit, Longson is most excited to see what it’s like in Provo on game day. He wants to see how BYU’s football program does things when it’s time to strap on the helmet and pads.

“I’m most looking forward to being around the team and seeing what it’s like,” said Longson. “I want to see what it’s like on game day. I would like to see what it’s like on a daily bases there, so those are some of the things I’m mostly excited about.”

With a victory over Virginia, the 21st-ranked Cougars of BYU should move up in the polls. Longson loves the fact that BYU is rated among the best in the nation.

“I think it’s awesome that BYU is ranked,” Longson said. “I’m hoping they’ll beat [Virginia] and be able to move up farther up in the rankings.”

Longson mentioned that he has watched every BYU game this season along with Utah and Ohio State, his top three schools, so what does he think of Taysom Hill and company?

“Taysom is superfast and just an incredible athlete,” said Longson. “During the Texas game when he leaped over that guy I was like, ‘Whoa!’ That was an awesome play.

“I think the left tackle [Ului Lapuaho] is really good, and then the center [Tejan Koroma] is like 6-0 and 280-pounds or something like that. He’s a really good player, and I love how that kid plays. I saw how he was pancaking guys from Texas and really liked how aggressive he played. He’s a tough kid.”

BYU’s two freshman offensive linemen have been performing well against BYU’s opposition so far this season. Longson has spoken to the BYU offensive coaching staff about possibly starting at a young age on the offensive line. However, he’ll have to earn that right just like Koroma and Lapuaho.

“Yeah, we’ve talked about it,” said Longson. “When I’m coming off my mission I’ll have a chance to compete for a starting position. I’ll have to earn it.”


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