Southern Cal LB Has Top Offers; Hoping for BYU

A standout Southern Californian middle linebacker recruit who says he has scholarship offers from Michigan, Oregon State, Utah, Idaho and USC is still hoping to receive one from BYU, a school he says he would like to play for.

Bernard Afutiti, a 6-1, 240 pound LDS standout at Kaiser High School in Fontana, Calif., told, "Everything's going good . We're doing good; we're 3-1 right now. I'm doing all right, but I can't say I was playing to my full potential like last week," Afutiti said.

As a junior, Afutiti manned the defensive line as an undersized 220 pound defensive tackle. Despite playing out of position, Afutiti used his 345-pound bench press and 600-pound max squat strength to rack up 17 sacks and 104 tackles to garner All-CIF, All-League and Southern Section Division 8 MVP honors in the Sun Kist League.

"I weigh like 240 now, so I've bulked up some. I'm still around 4.5-4.6 (40 speed). We don't work on strength during the season, just our speed and technique. I'm playing middle linebacker and defensive end this year," Afutiti said.

He added after four games he has recorded 52 solo tackles, 20 assists and 4 sacks. "I know I can do better."

Being offered by major programs across the country is exciting for Afutiti, but this active LDS athlete still covets an offer from BYU. "I just gotta keep playing as best I can," Afutiti said. "It seems like they've (BYU) lost interest in me. I haven't gotten letters from them in a while. I don‘t know why, but they haven‘t contacted me or anything for a while."

Afutiti says he currently has a 3.0 GPA and two near-term goals in mind. One is to serve an LDS mission and the other is to play college football.

Asked if he would commit if BYU offered a scholarship, he responded: "I sure would. That would be good. That would pretty much be it. I would have everything set," Afutiti said.

"Oregon State, Utah, Michigan, Idaho and I think it was Portland State. USC sent me a written offer too," Afutiti said.

He was somewhat puzzled by an apparent written offer from USC head coach Pete Carroll. "It said, ‘You're the kind of player that we need and you've got a scholarship kid.' That's what it said at the ending of the letter so that's what it sounds like it to me," he said.

However, there was no confusion from other major that offered: "Oregon was vocally on the phone and Michigan was written and Utah was written," Afutiti said.

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