Recruit Scouting Report: DE Bernard Afutiti

TBS takes a look at the surprise signee Bernard Afutiti. From his high school years to reviewing his time at Mt. San Antonio College, TBS reviews Afutiti's football career and gives some thoughts to help BYU fans become more acquainted with him. Needless to say, the Cougar coaching staff got themselves a great pick up in Bernard Afutiti.

From the time Bernard Afutiti began being recruited by the Cougar coaching staff, he always wanted to come to BYU. While other top-notch programs such as USC, Washington, Michigan and others offered him full-ride scholarships, the one the junior defensive end out of Kaiser High School most wanted eluded him.

As a junior defensive end (who later received spot linebacker duties during his senior year), the undersized Afutiti faired well. He was named First-Team All-League, All-CIF, and All-State.

Despite playing out of position, Afutiti used his strength (he records a 345-pound bench press and 600-pound max squat) to rack up 17 sacks and 136 total tackles to garner All-CIF, All-League and Southern Section Division 8 MVP honors in the Sunkist League.

As a senior, Afutiti had built up quite an impressive resume. He became California State Player of the Year and also became a four-year letter winner at Kaiser High School before graduating in 2005. He earned All-CIF honors as a senior, junior and sophomore, was named the Coca Cola and Old Spice Player of the Year, and became a four-year All-League recipient.

USC, Michigan, Oregon State, Utah, Washington, Colorado and Idaho all offered Afutiti. However, he was unable to qualify out of high school.

So, instead of signing with one of those schools, Afutiti bulked up by 35 pounds and moved on to play at Mt. San Antonio College, where he would continue adding to an already impressive resume.

"He's our top guy this year I think," Mt. SAC secondary coach James Kuk told Scout's in June. "He's got a really high motor and he's super quick. He plays with great leverage and he's just so quick [that] he really causes problems for offensive lineman on every play.

"He's 6'0", 260 [pounds], and he can play inside on passing downs and also move outside and play some strong side defensive end. He'd be a really good strong side defensive end at the next level, but he could put on some weight and play inside on an every-down basis."

In his first year at the junior college level, Afutiti was ranked fourth on the Mounties' roster with 41.5 tackles on the season, including a team-leading 22 tackles for a combined loss of 91 yards. He also tallied eight sacks and had five QB hurries. He earned JUCO All-America honors and was named team MVP.

In that previous interview with, Coach Kuk said, "Ohio State, USC, Michigan, all those schools and schools like them have called and asked for film. He's going to have a lot of offers."

However, it would be a year later while trying to finish up at Mt. SAC that the elusive scholarship Afutiti was looking for would finally come. BYU finally extended a scholarship offer once the coaching staff felt comfortable Afutiti would be able to obtain his two year degree and thus be eligible for the next level.

Afutiti's Film Report

In watching Afutiti's highlight film and game footage, one immediately notices his quickness off the ball. Having played defensive end as a 225-pounder in high school, Afutiti learned to use his speed and agility to either go around on the outside or simply change direction much quicker than his opponents back in 2005.

Now a few years older and 35 pounds heavier, Afutiti hasn't lost a step but has gained more strength. His added size has helped add more diversity to his rushing style. In fact, in June Mt. SAC coach Kuk told, "Our top prospect is a defensive lineman [Afuititi] who is pretty versatile, so I think the defensive unit will help out the offense a lot this year as our guys on that side mature."

Afutiti is always in pursuit of the ball no matter where he is in relation to where the football is on the field. If one were to make a comparison to one of BYU's defensive linemen, Afutiti reminds one of a combination of Ian Dulan and Jan Jorgensen.

Total Blue Sports Top Stories