By Andrew Gorringe
Brighton HS athlete Jackson Kaufusi is one of a handful of uncommitted prospects in the state of Utah with multiple P5 offers, and while the recruitment process has been a long and stressful one for him, it’s one that he has enjoyed and is close to finishing up. Kaufusi spoke with UteSportsReport.com recently about his recruitment, and where he currently stands with the host of schools recruiting him.
“(My recruitment) is going good. I’m really weighing out my options right now and I’m starting the elimination process. It’s a little overwhelming but it’s fun, and I’m excited to take my official visits these next couple of weeks and really see each school and what they have to offer. Just knowing that this decision will determine the rest of my life has been overwhelming.”
Kaufusi has pulled in 7 offers since the beginning of his recruitment, and over the past couple months, he has been able to focus on just three of them, all of them being from the PAC 12. Kaufusi will visit Washington State on the 15th, Cal on the 22nd and then finish up at Utah on the 29th. Those 3 schools make up Kaufusi’s Top 3, and will be the 3 schools he chooses between on signing day.
The hometown Utes were the first local school to offer Kaufusi, and that has given them plenty of time to establish a relationship with him. “Coach Scalley is my main recruiter. I’m very excited he’s the new defensive coordinator. I grew up watching him play. He’s smart and bring a lot of energy. He’s a great guy and a perfect fit, I think, for the job. I was super excited to hear about that.” In addition to his relationship with Coach Scalley, Kaufusi is drawn to Utah for a variety of reasons. “Utah is close to home. It would be nice to have family that can be there to support me. The education there is amazing, and obviously the football team is one of the tops in the nation.
The Kaufusi name is no stranger to the Utah football program, as Jackson’s father Jeff, and uncles Henry, Jeff, Doug and Jason played at Utah, so he is very familiar with the entire football program. Jackson’s older brother Isaiah signed with BYU in 2014, and his first cousins Bronson and Devin have/will be playing their football career at BYU as well. In the state of Utah, the Kaufusi’s are known as one of the first families of football. Jackson is just the latest in the that branch to play college football.
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Kaufusi will make a final decision between his Top 3 on signing day, and will also be serving an LDS mission straight out of high school.