Taufahema Holds It Down For COC

2017 College of the Canyons DL Sione Taufahema (6-2, 310) is one of the leaders up front for the Cougars and he updated JCFootball.com recently on how recruiting has been progressing as he heads into his sophomore season...


"So far, I have offers from Montana State, MassachusettsHawaii and Arkansas Pine-Bluff," Taufahema told JCFootball.com recently. "NevadaColorado StateOregon StateArizonaUSC and  Washington have all been contacting me, but they haven't offered yet.

"With Hawaii, I am not really sure if that offer is still out there from them or not because they wanted me to come in this season, but I wasn't ready to take it, so I just decided to come back and see what else happens."

Taufahema took two visits in the spring and he's working on setting up some others for the fall.

"I visited Montana State in March and then I went to see Hawaii in May," Taufahema said. "UMass definitely would like to get me out there, but I'm just going to take my time and see what else is out there."

As a freshman last season, Taufahema totaled 28 tackles, one sack and 2.5 tackles-for-loss from his nose tackle spot.

"I can play anywhere and my coaches move me around, but at the next level, when I get to a four-year school, I probably fit at nose tackle the best," Taufahema admitted. "I'm really quick off the ball and I have a good first step. I'm also really strong against the run and I have a good hands, so that helps me keep blockers off me."

Things that Taufahema have worked on include working on his pass-rush so he can provide pressure right up the middle.

"I've definitely been working on my pass-rush and the moves I can use," Taufahema noted. "I've worked really hard on my hips, being more flexible, doing the 'figure 8' drills that help you bend the edge and also just continued to work on my hands.

"I also need to stay low and come out of my stance lower because I lose my power if I come out too high."

Taufahema was a full qualifier after completing his football eligibility at nearby Bishop Alemany (Mission Hills, Ca.), but he didn't get the looks he wanted so he decided to head to College of the Canyons.

"I've know coach Iacenda for a while and my Uncle is the linebackers coach here, so I already felt really comfortable and it was close to home," Taufahema said. "They also produce a lot of four-year guys here and get you ready to move on and that was something that I really wanted."

The big and talented defensive lineman is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2016 football season.

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