Recruiting Profile: Tausili Fiatoa (DE, Class of 2019)

Defensive end Tausili Fiatoa was the first verbal commitment for the BYU football team Class of 2019.


Fiatoa was offered and committed to BYU as just a ninth grader who had recently moved from Kahuku, Hawaii to Orem, Utah to play football for Timpview. As a freshman he saw action in five games, recording 12 tackles and a sack. In eight grade he spent time as defensive end and outside linebacker, ending the 11-0 season with 12 tackles for loss, 45 tackles, and 12 sacks. He was the Junior Prep League Defensive Player of the Year. Last March he finished the Hawaii Nike Football Combine ranked as the fifth-highest player out of 179, and first among defensive linement with a 49.86 SPARQ rating.

Fiatoa is rated 4-stars by Scout, and has not yet been rated by Rivals or ESPN.  BYU was his second scholarship offer (after Oregon State, who offered him in 8th grade).  His offer list now includes BYU, Fresno State, Oregon State, and Utah State. He has also seen recruiting interest from Washington.  As the oldest of five Fiatoa children, Tausili will be the first but probably not the last in his family to play Division 1 football. He commited to the Cougs on February 22, 2016.

Hometown: Kahuku, Hawaii; Orem, Utah High School: Timpview
Last Team: Timpview HT/WT: 6’3”, 220 lbs.
Position: Defensive End 40 time: 5.25
Profiles: Deseret News, HUDL Vertical: 26.4 inches
Twitter: SPARQ: 49.86
Offer Date:  February 2016 Commit Date: February 22, 2016
Rivals:2 Stars (2 / 5)
Scout:2 Stars (2 / 5)
ESPN:2 Stars (2 / 5)
Average:2 Stars (2 / 5)

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  • SJ Bobkins

    Can the young man put on 85 pounds in 3 years? How athletic will he be at the average DE weight? Two stars, an Oregon State recruit???? I’m not impressed, what would impress me is a BYU staff that wasn’t feeding at the OSU trough. The Beavs are the equivalent of the MWCs New Mexico or Nevada, we sure as hell need to be fighting a better caliber football program than OSU for players. Editor note: Lives in Orem to play at Timp View???? Also note that with every report on an early verbal commitment this phrase should be added: “A verbal is not a commitment, most are broken if interest in a player’s heats up”

    • tbc32

      BYU has made 4-5 offers for Class of 2019 players. Most of them don’t have any offers because they are FRESHMAN, so SJ I really don’t think we’re fighting OSU for commits, he was just on Sitake’s early radar from his time at Oregon State. I’m always a little skeptical of these super early recruits but BYU makes early offers, especially for LDS kids, because it does give them a slight edge on those that turn out to be stars (see Bronson Kaufusi).

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