Is Afutiti the Top LDS Linebacker in California?

TBS recently talked with California's Bernard Afutiti about his recruiting situation. Afutiti, who has a couple of official offers, was just contacted by BYU, an early favorite. The All-CIF linebacker tells TBS whether there is still time for BYU to get back into the picture.

Mike Tennis of PrepCA.com listed Kaiser High School prep player Bernard Afutiti as one of the best prospects in the state of California. TBS caught up with LDS All-CIF, All-State and All-County prospect Bernard Afutiti to see where he currently stands on the recruiting front.

Afutiti ended his junior year with 17 sacks and 136 tackles as a 220 pound, undersized defensive tackle in the Citrus League at Kaiser High School. Having bulked up to 240 pounds as a senior, Afutiti racked up 52 solo tackles, 20 assists and 4 sacks in the first four games as a middle linebacker.

For his part, Afutiti bench presses 360 pounds and squats around 600 pounds. "I dead lift 660 and I've got a 32-inch vertical; I run a 4.2 shuttle and I benched 185 about 37 times at the Stanford NIKE camp," said Afutiti.

"Everything is good," Afutiti said. "Everything is going really good. I have an official trip set up for Utah next weekend."

Afutiti, who is Samoan and LDS, had not received much attention from BYU despite the fact he had at one time been heavily recruited by Michigan (written), Oregon State (written), Oregon (verbally offered) and USC.

"Utah, Washington and Oregon State and that's about it right now," Afutiti said. "I'm heading up to Utah next weekend. For Washington it's not official yet and I'm still waiting for Oregon State."

This week Afutiti is heading up to Utah in the hopes they confirm an offer of a full ride scholarship.

"They said they will let me know if they will offer me a scholarship this weekend," he said.

During the recruiting process, Afutiti has become very disappointed that BYU, the school he most wanted to attend and told TBS he would commit to if offered, had not taken more interest in him. Despite being recently contacted by a BYU coach, Afutiti still feels in the dark on where he stands with BYU.

"With BYU, I don't even know," Afutiti said. "They actually called me today [Tuesday]. It wasn't coach Kaufusi, I think it was coach Lamb. He asked me how things were going and I told him I was going up to the University of Utah. He asked me if I was interested in BYU and I said yeah.

"They just wanted to see if I was interested. It's kind of late though. It's kind of late for all that. Like they're just barely starting to show attention and stuff."

Although he is frustrated, Afutiti did say he was still open minded about BYU and the possibility of going there if there is an interest in him.


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