“Coach Tevita Ofahengaue called my mom and spoke with her,” said Tofa. “I wasn’t home at the time so she told me to call him back. When I called and spoke with him he said that I had a full ride offer from BYU. It just kind of came out of the blue because he said, ‘I just want to remind you that you have a full ride offer.’ I didn’t even know that I had an offer in the first place so that was cool.”
The scholarship offer from BYU Director of Recruiting Operations Tevita Ofahengaue has Tofa excited about a possible future with BYU.
“It means a lot to me,” said Tofa. “My mom went to BYU-Hawaii and she’s a big fan of BYU. I knew they were focusing on signing their 2016 class, but they hadn’t really talked with me beforehand. I wasn’t sure with the whole coaching change if I was going to be recruited.”
A rugby player in the offseason who's tall with a frame to add weight, Tofa currently has four scholarship offers on the table.
“I’m 6-5, 250-pounds and I play defensive end,” said Tofa. “I have an offer from BYU, Utah, Oregon State and Utah State.”
Of those offers, Tofa places BYU at the top of his list.
“They’re all great schools, but right now I would say BYU is my number one,” said Tofa. “My mom really wants me to go there. Mom’s are everything and this is who it’s all for.”
A member of the 2017 class, Tofa has time to sort out exactly what he’s looking for at the next level. He’s grateful for the offer and happy his close friend, and BYU signee, Atunaisa Mahe introduced him to BYU.
“I know BYU is a prestigious school,” said Tofa. “I’m excited about the offer. My teammate Atunaisa [Mahe] is kind of the one that introduced me to BYU because he’s going there. I took an unofficial visit at the end of my sophomore year. One of the recruiters wanted my high school coach to bring down some players, so me and Naisa [Mahe] came down for an unofficial visit. It was really nice down there.”
Tofa is close with defensive tackle Atunaisa Mahe, who just signed to play for BYU. He knows Mahe wants him to join him at BYU and will do whatever he can to convince Tofa to join him in Provo. Playing next to Mahe would be like old times for Tofa.
“You couldn’t ask for a better teammate than him,” said Tofa. “He’s not the talkative type, but the way he carries himself and how he plays is by example. I knew that I could always count on Naisa because I knew no one was going to run up the middle. I knew that if I did my job we would be hard to stop.”
When looking at the next level, Tofa wants to go to a college where he simply feels at home.
“I think the most important thing will be the feeling I get when I go to a school,” Tofa said. “When I went to a BYU football game you could feel the camaraderie, and you could feel the atmosphere there. It was comfortable there. I want to feel at home.”