Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser defensive lineman Bernard Afutiti earned 1s team All-State Underclass honors as a sophomore and when the Underclass All-State teams come out over on CalHiSports.com later this week, the talented rush end will again see his name on the list.
Afutiti, 6-1, 210 pounds has been one of the state's best defensive ends the past two seasons despite looking more like a linebacker in size and stature. Although not the biggest on the line, Afutiti has been just about unblockable that past two years and had another big season this past year totaling 128 tackles and 17 quarterback sacks.
"I think he's good enough to play for any school in the country," Kaiser head coach dick Bruich said. "He's a national level recruit and has been just a great player for us here."
Afutiti attended the SoCal Nike Camp a year ago and tested pretty well running a 4.84 in the 40, 4.55 in the shuttle, jumped 28 inches in the vertical and did 21 reps on the bench. He also more than held his own in the one on one drills despite going up against players a year older and a lot bigger.
"I've been hearing from most of the Pac 10 plus Michigan, BYU and Utah," Afutiti said. "Right now, USC is my top school followed by Michigan, BYU, Penn State and Washington State. I had a pretty good junior season but I'm looking forward to the spring and summer and the whole recruiting process. It should be a fun and exciting time for me."