Recruit Profile: Tyrone Tafili

Utah's Hunter High School boasts an up and coming running back-fullback-linebacker prospect. This junior-to-be did well enough as a sophomore that BYU has already shown interest in him. TBS talked with the rising star about his last season as well as his thoughts on the recruiting scene.

Still a sophomore, Tyrone Tafili, a 6'0", 222-pound all purpose athlete not only plays football, but also doubles as a basketball player for the Woodville Raptors Basketball club.

"I'm 6'0", and weight 222," said Tafili. "I play running back, fullback and middle linebacker. My vertical leap is 32 inches. I can dunk it once in a while. I used to play basketball out of state sometimes in California and Nevada. It was the 'Super League.' I played power forward."

Tafili admits his sophomore football season started a bit slow but picked up as he learned the dynamics of playing running back on offense.

"This past year I started out playing just so-so," Tafili confessed. "I just got the hang of carrying the ball and getting more yardage. I averaged 10 to 15 yards a carry. On the first play of the second half against Granger High School I had ran 72 yard touchdown

"I haven't really had a chance to look at my stats but I think I scored around 7 [touchdowns]. I think my best game was against Kerns. I didn't have my longest run in that game but I did have a 50 yard touchdown. It was that game I broke the most tackles. On the 50 yard touchdown I think I broke around eight tackles."

Tafili, is not just a treat to score every time he touches the ball. The young star is also a force on defense. "On defense I love hitting, I really do," said Tafili. "In college it doesn't matter what I play. You put me there and I'll do it."

With a bench press around 235 pounds and a squat at nearly 300 pounds, Tafili firmly believes in hitting the weights. During this past year was invited to the Army All-American junior combine sponsored by Reebok.

"I just got back from the (Reebok) All-American combine; the one down in Texas. I did alright but I wasn't really prepared for it, and so when I went I wasn't really as competitive as some of the other juniors that were there. I do know that heading into my junior season, I'm going to be ready,"

Currently, BYU is the only school that has shown early interest in this Samoan athlete.

"I'm hoping more will come," said Tafili. "I got a letter from BYU maybe around the last month of the football season to tell me about the school. I feel good about that so far but I want to keep my options open."

Tafili has admitted that his college interests lie within the states of Utah and California.

"Well, right now I'm looking past junior college,"Tafili said. "I'm looking at any big college; BYU, UofU, UCLA, Cal and just basically any college in California or Utah.

"For right now it would take a lot of work. A lot of termination and dedication but I'm willing to do that. The school I would really like to go to is USC. I want a program with good trainers. Maybe professional trainers in a program that's doing well."

In addition to playing football, Tafili wants to major in computer science at a college. "Well I'm trying to major in computer engineering," Havili said. "That's what I would like to do.

"I'm LDS. It makes it [BYU] attractive because you know how the discipline is, and you know how it is when it comes to [Poly] discipline. I've seen their environment and I've gone by a few times and it's nice. I've gone through kind of as a tourist but I haven't gone to the UofU yet."

Total Blue Sports will keep an eye on Tafili's junior season and follow his progress as college programs begin to show more attention.

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