Taifane Is Emerging

The Sacramento (Calif.) Grant prospect, Misi Taifane, was the Oakland NFTC Defensive Line MVP and UCLA has been actively recruiting him...

Sacramento (Calif.) Grant defensive tackle Misi Taifane (6-2.5, 310), came into the Oakland NFTC as a relative unknown, but he left Oakland as the defensive line MVP.

Taifane, though, is used to flying under-the-radar, despite playing at one of the top programs in the West.

Overshadowed as a sophomore by Viliami Moala and Puka Lopa, both at Cal, and then last year by Shaquille Thompson, headed to Washington, Taifane has quietly gone about his business, while playing on both sides of the ball for the Pacers.

But now as one of Grant's top prospects, Taifane is hoping his performance in Oakland will open some eyes and earn him an offer.

"We've had a lot of schools that have come through, like UCLA, Cal, Oregon, Washington and Washington State, and a lot of schools are interested, but no one has offered me just yet," said Taifane. "A lot of schools want to see my senior year, but I think someone might offer me before then."

Taifane said the school he's been hearing from the most is UCLA, where his cousin, Nate Iese, is headed this fall.

"Coach Angus (McClure) is recruiting me and he's a really good guy," said Taifane. "I went down there for an unofficial visit and I think I'm going to go to UCLA's camp. They probably are on me the most."

Taifane said he's also hoping to camp at Oregon, and has a lot of interest in Cal and Washington, where his former teammates are now calling hime.

"Even though I don't have any offers, recruiting is still going good, and I know that they will come," said Taifane. "I'll take my visits and then I'll decide on where I want to go. I've got some nice schools interested in me."

Taifane said that while he went in to the Oakland NFTC with the mindset of performing well, he even shocked himself with his showing.

"It was the only camp I've been to and it surprised me when they said I was the MVP," said Taifane. "I was really excited though."

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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