Getting to know new BYU commit, DE/OT David Tangilanu (Class of 2023)


David Tangilanu (@DavidTangilanu) is the newest recruit to commit to play for BYU football (Class of 2023).  He announced his commitment Friday, as reported on Twitter:

Tangilanu is a 6-foot-4 255 pound defensive lineman that preps at Menlo-Atherton High School (Menlo Park, California), where as a junior he had 32 tackles (seven solo), with two tackles for loss, one sack, and one forced fumble as an edge rusher.  He also played offensive tackle (MaxPreps).

So far this season Tangilanu has 44 tackles (17 solo), with five tackles for loss, and two sacks.

Tangilanu is rated 2-stars by 247Sports (78), who rate him the no. 412 overall prospect from the state of California for the Class of 2023. He holds scholarship offers from Air Force, Army, BYU, San Jose State, and UC-Davis. He is the 16th commit and 4th defensive line commit for the BYU Class of 2023.  He plans to serve an LDS mission and will suit up for the Cougars in 2025.

I caught up with Tangilanu to ask him about his recruiting.

BYU Insider: Why did you choose BYU?
Tangilanu: Not only am I a member of the church, but when I went to BYU and met all the coaches and players I felt so amazed by the energy and vibe they gave.

BYU Insider: What other schools were showing you love in the recruiting process?
Tangilanu: Air Force really gave me a lot of attention which I appreciate so much. San Jose State and UC-Davis were showing me some love as well.

BYU Insider: What are some of your favorites?
Tangilanu: I love old school songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.

BYU Insider: What are some of your greatest accomplishments?
Tangilanu: The greatest thing that has ever happen to me is being blessed with my family and loved ones. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I’ve been taught so many lessons through the teachings of our Heavenly Father, to better myself on- and off the field.

BYU Insider: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Tangilanu: “Be humble throughout your life, especially through all the adversary and trials you face.”

BYU Insider: Who is a current player that you seek to emulate on the field?
Tangilanu: Maxx Crosby (DE, Las Vegas Raiders) is my favorite player in the NFL even though I’m a 49ers fan. He’s just so good. His style of play and physique fit me.

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