SoCal DE/LB Likes Michigan Weather

It is often that prospects from Southern California mention the weather as a primary factor when considering a college in the midwest. DE/LB <b>Bernard Afutiti</b> from Henry J.Kaiser High School in Fontana, Calif. told GoBlueWolverine Magazine on Friday evening that he actually prefers the cold.

"I actually prefer playing in the cold rather than where it's hot," Bernard Afutiti said. "I went to the Michigan camp last summer and spent the whole week there, I loved it. I really loved the coaching staff and the campus. The campus was pretty big and I got lost a couple times but I felt real comfortable there."

While not reporting any offers at this time, Afutiti says he is getting a lot of mail from some big time progams. "I'm getting letters from Michigan, Colorado, Oklahoma, Stanford, USC, Washington, Penn State, and others," he said. The 6 foot 1, 225 pound Afutiti says he loves the weight room, and his reported stats would confirm that. With a max bench press of 345 lbs. and a max squat of 600 lbs., strength is not an issue. Most schools are recruiting Afutiti as a linebacker and defensive end, and he says he prefers to play on the line. Also, he plays fullback for the Cats. "I'd love to play on both sides of the ball if given the chance," he said. "I love to play offense but nobody is recruiting me for fullback."

Family is a big part of life for Afutiti. He says he is looking for a family atmosphere wherever he goes. "I want to be in a program where the players are close," he said. "When I was at the Michigan camp last year the coaches were really good to me; they showed me a lot of what I wanted to learn about football and it made me a better player during the season. I really liked it there."

Afutiti is a member of the Church of Latter-Day Saints and will take a two-year mission soon after graduating from high school. Ann Arbor has a strong LDS community, and current Wolverine Tyler Ecker is a church member.

On defense Afutiti had 104 tackles and 17 sacks his junior year. He also rushed 64 times for 350 yards as the Cats' fullback. In the Southern Section Division 8 Championship game last year, Afutiti scored four touchdowns to lead Kaiser to its second straight championship, a 41-31 victory over Ridgecrest Burroughs. The Kaiser star was named Player of the Year in Division 8. He was chosen as the MVP of the Sunkist League as well as All-CIF and All League. He has been a varsity starter since his freshman year.

Afutiti reports a 3.0 grade-point average and will take his ACT test next Saturday. He will take the SAT in the fall. He said he wants to major in business and has no problems leaving the SoCal area.

Camp plans for Afutiti are still up in the air, but one thing he wanted to make clear. "I will definitely be making an official visit to Michigan."

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