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Tausinga makes early decision

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Kesni Tausinga likes the program, has teammates going there and figured it was the perfect fit so he committed to BYU and the 6-foot, 265-pound defensive tackle joins three South Jordan (Utah) Bingham teammates on the Cougars' list.
"A few of my guys are going there," Tausinga said. "We're all going to go to BYU. It's one of the coolest things ever. I love my boys and it will be awesome to play with them on the next level."
Tausinga joins Bingham defensive end Moses Kaumatule and linebackers Manoa Pikula and Bakker Pritchard on BYU's commit list. The defensive tackle said the coaching staff will let him go on a Mormon mission and that was another big reason why he decided to commit so early.
"I'm Mormon and they were willing to let me go on a Mormon mission so that was probably the biggest thing and I always loved BYU," Tausinga said. "I'm a big fan."
Comfort level also played a major role. Tausinga has gone to BYU's summer camp multiple times and has developed a strong relationship with future position coach Steve Kaufusi.
He said everything fit together perfectly so he decided to make the pledge. Utah and Washington State were also involved but he's sticking with BYU.
"I've been going to their camps the past few years and I've gotten to know their d-line coach, I've gotten to know him really well, I'm comfortable with him and he's a cool guy," Tausinga said. "It's close to home and stuff so I just love it out there."
Other than the Bingham commits, BYU has received verbal pledges from Hyrum (Utah) Mountain Crest quarterback Alex Kuresa, West Valley (Utah) Hunter offensive lineman Ului Lapuaho and Pleasant Grove, Utah, linebacker Austin Heder.
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