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The BYU defensive line is in need of serious reinforcing for the 2006 season due to a high number of graduating seniors and departing LDS missionaries. Wes Tunuufi-Sauvao, an all-state prospect from Louisiana, may be just what the Cougars are looking for.

Wes Tunuufi-Sauvao may be little known to BYU fans right now, but he could be a big time recruit in the near future.

The 6'3", 290-pound defensive lineman from Leesville High School in Leesville, Louisiana was named first team all-state and first team all-district as a junior. Leesville is a 4-A school, which is the second largest classification in the state.

"I had 78 tackles, 10 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, and 7 QB hurries," said Tunuufi-Sauvao of his performance as a junior.

The Samoan lineman runs a 4.9 forty, has a 4.79 shuttle and a 29 inch vertical leap. As an indicator of just how athletic he is, Tunuufi-Sauvao recently returned from a national 7 on 7 tournaments in Texas where he played TE for his team.

"I had 3 touchdowns and didn't drop a pass," he said.

Tunuufi-Sauvao has no offers at this time, but that should change soon, as he had trouble getting his film together to send off to colleges.

"Right now I'm hearing a lot from Michigan, Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, and BYU," Wes said. "Coach Grimes and Paul Tidwell are the coaches from BYU who are recruiting me."

Tunuufi-Sauvao has never been to Provo, but would not mind making the trip to see the school. This summer he will visit camps at LSU, Auburn and Arkansas.

Coming from a military family, Tunuufi-Sauvao is used to moving around. Before he moved to Louisiana he lived in Long Beach California.

One of the main factors in choosing a school is if the college he chooses has the criminal justice major.

When asked to describe his playing style, Tunuufi-Sauvao said he models himself after Jevon "The Freak" Kearse because he is always active. Tunuufi-Sauvao also said he is a leader who likes to motivate players around him. That would explain why he was voted the male student with the most school spirit among juniors at Leesville High for the just-completed school year. Tunuufi-Sauvao also said that he is always coachable.

Academically Tunuufi-Sauvao is qualified with a 3.0 GPA and an 18 on his ACT. As far as a mission goes, he will wait to figure out when he will leave, but as an LDS athlete, he would like to serve.

TBS will keep in contact with Tunuufi-Sauvao and see what happens in the months to come.

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