“BYU is just a wonderful place and I really like the program,” said Longson. “All my family is out there and I really love the football program. I really like what they’re doing. Coach (Garret) Tujague is amazing and I really like all the coaches out there, so those are some of the reasons why I decided to commit to BYU.”
Longson, who is LDS and rated the 29th offensive tackle in the nation according to Scout.com, chose BYU feeling the environment and standards found on the campus fit his personality and lifestyle more than other colleges he had considered. On top of that, BYU had outstanding offensive line coach Garett Tujague on staff making the process of choosing BYU a much easier one.
“BYU is unique because it’s my church college and the standards that are there,” said Longson. “Then you have Coach Tujague who is just amazing. He’s a great recruiter and was just all over me doing a great job during the recruiting process. I mean, he sees all my hopes and dreams and all that as well, and he wants me to go to the NFL when I’m done at BYU.”
Coach Tujague deserves a lot of credit in reeling Longson into the Cougar fold. Along with Coach Tujague, Geoff Martzen should also be praised for his hard work and perseverance.
“Geoff Martzen did a great job as well,” Longson said. “I don’t think they did anything wrong with their recruiting during the process. That’s how good of a job they did and everything was really good. The only thing I can think of is the offer coming a bit late, but other than that it was all good. I mean, I’m going to go play football at BYU.”
Longson had offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Florida State, Missouri, Ohio State, San Jose State, UCLA, Utah, Utah State, and Washington State. Although Longson is LDS, BYU threw their scholarship hat into the ring a little later than others. In the end it didn’t matter much other than the commitment coming later than sooner.
“They just have this rule where you have to go to BYU and be on campus,” said Longson. “They were a little late but UCLA was a little late too in offering me. BYU just said they really liked me and wanted me there, so it wasn’t really that big of a deal that I was offered a little later than some other colleges. I kind of would have liked it to be a little sooner, and if they had offered me a little sooner I would have committed a little sooner.”
Second place was a tie between UCLA and Utah, leaving Ohio State his third choice.
“My second pick would be… I don’t know that’s pretty hard,” said Longson. “I would probably say a tie between UCLA and Utah. That’s a tough one.”
Longson committed to Coach Tujague while the Cougar coach was visiting him at his home. After the visit, Coach Tujague went out to his car to leave. Longson followed him and let him in on a little secret.
“When Coach Tujague came to my house and I talked to him it just felt really right,” said Longson. “When everything was all over I went out to his car and told him that I was going to commit to BYU. It was really awesome!”
Upon hearing that the 6-7, 300-pound highly recruited Longson was committing to him right then and there, Coach Tujague instantly got out of his car and gave the big guy a hug.
“He got out of his car and hugged me and said, ‘Oh my gosh… no way!’” Longson said. “It was awesome and he was really excited! Prior to that Coach (Bronco) Mendenhall already knew. He was over visiting me before I told Coach Tujague, so he came over to visit me and then Coach Tujague came over later as well. When Tujague was over that’s when I let him know. It was awesome!”
Although Bronco Mendenhall was the first to know of Longson’s final decision, it appears he kept it quiet from his assistant coaches. In a previous visit, Longson informed BYU’s head coach that he is commit to BYU before letting Coach Tujague in on the secret.
“Coach Mendenhall was super excited!” recalled Longson. “He was really happy and owes me a cartwheel. He told me that if I committed to BYU he would do a cartwheel.”
The cartwheel promise is one Longson is definitely going to hold Mendenhall to.
“I think he’s going to do it. I guess we’ll see,” Longson said with a chuckle in his voice. “He promised me so I’m going to hold him to it. I kind of want to see Coach Mendenhall do a cartwheel.”
Upon graduating from Dougherty Valley High School, Longson will embark on an LDS mission prior to enrolling at BYU.
“I’m going to go straight out on my mission first then come and play at BYU after I’m finished serving,” said Longson. “They kind of wanted me to play one year but I honestly don’t really see the point. I don’t see the point of playing a year then going on a mission then having to restart everything all over again. I just want to go first then come back and play four to five years. I just want to serve, play football, and then go to the NFL.”
The future looks very bright for BYU football and Kieffer Longson. The staff continues to recruit top talent from around the country. Longson believes when he returns home from his LDS mission, BYU will continue being a solid football program with the caliber of recruits the staff continues to bring in.
“I really think BYU is going to be great when I get back from my mission,” said Longson. “They’re getting great recruits and continue to build the program. They’re getting great recruits and by the time I get back from serving my mission I really think the program is going to be really, really good. I’m excited for the future.”
Congratulations to Kieffer Longson in his final decision to become a BYU Cougar. BYU fans around the country should be very excited. TotalBlueSports.com will continue to update Cougar fans on Longson as National Letter of Intent Day approaches.