Defensive lineman/running back (yeah that’s right he’s a DL who also plays RB) Bernard Afutiti (6-3, 230, 4.5) from Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser brings a lot of good football food to the table. Though he’s a standout defensive tackle on the high school level he projects as a defensive end.
On the high school level Afutiti was virtually unstoppable on the defensive side of the football.
From his inside tackle position Afutiti accounted for 17 sacks. What this stat even more remarkable is the fact that he had to fight through double and triple teams all season long.
“They remembered me from my sophomore season when I had 14 sacks,” Afutiti said. “I never went one on one.”
Afutiti also racked up 128 tackles, 98 of them solo as a junior.
On offense, Afutiti rushed for over 300 yards on 39 carries and scored nine touchdowns. Afutiti should see his action on the offensive side of the ball increase.
Afutiti’s junior season performance saw him be honored first-team all-southern California, first-team all-CIF and first-team all-league.
If that isn’t impressive enough for you Afutiti was also selected CIF Division VIII Defensive Player of the Year and his league’s MVP.
Afutiti is a devout member of the Church of Latter-Day-Saints and he will go on a mission.
“It is very important to me to go on my mission,” Afutiti said. “So whatever school I go too has to understand that.”
Afutiti will also look at the depth chart for possible playing time.
Another thing to like about Afutiti is he is a very dedicated athlete and a very hard worker. His current bench is 345 and his squat is a man’s lift of 600 pounds.
Afutiti is very interested in and the feeling is mutual from Michigan, Michigan State, Washington, USC, BYU and Portland State.