By Andrew Gorringe
David Luafatasaga spent almost 99% of his recruitment as a commit to the Ole Miss Rebels, as he made a very early commitment to the Rebels back in February of 2015, despite never having visited the campus. Luafatasaga was a highly coveted linebacker at the time of his commitment, as he had received offers from Mississippi State, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal and others, in addition to his offers from Ole Miss and Utah. Because of his early commitment, Luafatasaga wasn’t on many people’s radars for the 2016 recruiting class, and it wasn’t till the winter of 2015 that Utah became a serious player in his recruitment. Utah was able to secure a visit in early January from Luafatasaga, and the visit proved to be vital, as he left the visit knowing that he would sign with the Utes. A late weekend visit to Ole Miss only cemented that decision for him, and he flipped his commitment on National Signing Day from the Rebels to the Utes.
Luafatasaga is taller and longer than most of the linebackers that Utah has had in the past 10 years, as he stand 6’4-225lbs, and uses his length to his advantage out on the edge of the line of scrimmage, as he’s very good at rushing the passer from his linebacker spot. In addition to his length, Luafatasaga’s closing speed makes him a very dangerous defender, as he can make plays sideline to sideline for the defense. Luafatasaga has everything you look for in an outside linebacker, as he has the size and speed to cover tight ends and running backs in the pass coverage, and also has a great tenacity for rushing the quarterback.
Luafatasaga will likely step in to at least a co-starting role from the moment he steps on campus this summer, as Utah must replace their top three linebackers from last season. Linebacker is one of the toughest positions to learn on this Utah defense though, so he will have to spend plenty of time learning the scheme and syntax, but he has the skills to be a day one starter for the Utes.