One player we were most looking forward to watching last weekend at the Honor Bowl was Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha defensive end/outside linebacker Mika Tafua.
A very early commit to BYU, Tafua was the key to Kamehameha generating a pass rush.
Tafua is real athletic, but just needs to add more weight. He plays more of a standup pass-rusher role, but could drop in to coverage and looked fluid when doing so.
The three-star showed a real physical nature to his game and loves to hit, getting a couple licks in on the quarterback and did a good job of driving his blocker back to shed, then getting off the block to get into the backfield.
He did have a couple of penalties for overaggression, a personal foul and at least two offsides penalties, but also drew the offensive tackle into a pair of false starts because of their need to try to get a jump on him.
Tafua continues to be a verbal to BYU while several other schools are still pursuing him, like Oregon, Oregon State, Vanderbilt, Washington and Wisconsin, and others plan to watch him this fall like UCLA and USC.