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Tausinga to Plug the Middle for BYU

9 February 2011 Brett Richins 5 Comments

Kesni Tausinga (Deep Shades of Blue photo)

Kesni Tausinga will be bringing his football talents to BYU — but we won’t see him on the field until 2013.

The 6-1, 285 Bingham High product told Deep Shades of Blue on national signing day that he plans to leave for his mission prior to the start of the 2011 season.

He’s projected at nose tackle in Bronco Mendenhall’s 3-4 defense, a position that several freshmen players have been able to come in and make an immediate impact at.

Tausinga is a multi-sport athlete, having played rugby for the famed Highland Rugby program and twice being named a high school All-American as a wrestler. He is also the defending 2010 Utah state champion at 285 pounds.

Because of need, Kesni primarily played on the offensive line on Bingham’s 2010 state football championship team, being named a 5-A First Team All-State player at right guard in the process.

The Miners rarely played athletes both ways, however Kesni did get reps at nose tackle periodically throughout the year as well as in the state playoffs and made the most of it, dominating at the line of scrimmage and routinely bulldozing opposing offensive linemen.

Tausinga says that the decision to choose BYU was any easy one, and he says that he has been looking forward to signing on the dotted line since giving Bronco Mendenhall and Steve Kaufusi his verbal commitment nearly a year ago. He’s also excited that three of his teammates and close friends Manoa Pikula, Baker Pritchard and Moses Kaumatule will accompany him to Provo.

Tausinga in action on the wrestling mat…

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  • Rod said:

    Brett – have a more general question about the recruiting class this year. There seems, occasionally, to be discussions of the players who BYU “lost” during the recruiting cycle. A few years back, it was Ben Olsen (who – if memory serves – had originally signed with BYU, then went to UCLA after his mission), then it was Haloti Ngata, who BYU was recruiting heavily then decided to play in the PAC10 at Oregon. Understand that not all LDS kids go to BYU but it seems that the discussions get started when a high profile LDS HS athlete doesn’t commit to BYU. I haven’t heard anything this year about it so I’m assuming BYU did well relative to those expectations. Any comments?

  • Will said:

    Can’t wait to see Kesni on the field after his mission. He has tremendous potential.

  • Mark said:

    Kesni is a my wife’s cousin’s son. I’ve stayed at his house — wonderful folks. Kesni is a super kid, and he will be fun to watch.

  • Brett Richins said:


    The only high profile LDS kid that BYU “missed” on this year that comes to mind is Harvey Langi. I overheard Harvey’s mom talking on signing day that during most of the recruiting process their whole house was BYU — up until USC came into the picture late in the process. Apparently when he left to go to the Army All-American game the family was under the impression that Harvey would sign at USC. His mom said that Harvey called them from San Antonio and said that he just felt like he should be at Utah, which of course is where he signed. Sounds like the opportunity to play early in his career, stay home and still play in the PAC-12 were major factors. BYU did not stop recruiting Langi after his much publicized issues, but I believe that BYU coaches began to have some doubts regarding some of his choices and cooled somewhat on him. So in the end it probably worked out for everyone invloved.

  • Brent said:

    This kid looks great! I love getting guys who are such great wrestlers and you can tell he is a really hard worker. I think he will be a great addition to the cougars.

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