BYU football: Cougars target tall, athletic players in 2011 recruiting class

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 2 2011 8:45 p.m. MST

Ranked No. 41 by Scout.com among middle linebackers nationally ... No. 102 Far West prospect by SuperPrep Magazine ... Southwestern All-League Defensive MVP ... California All-Valley Defensive MVP ... First-Team All-Area ... Nike Camp MLB MVP in 2010 ... recorded 126 tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries on defense while rushing 28 times for 224 yds and 7 touchdowns on offense in 2010 ... had 143 tackles in 2009 ... NFF Scholar-Athleteearned a weighted 4.2 GPA and scored a 1760 on the SAT ... also recruited by Oregon State, Oregon, UCLA, Washington, USC, Yale, Boise State, Stanford, Buffalo, New Mexico State, San Diego State and San Jose State ... coached by Mike Maxwell and Paul McGowen

Lene Lesatele

Linebacker

6-2, 240

Artesia, Calif.

Gahr HS

No. 100 Far West prospect by SuperPrep Magazine ... 2010 All-Area ... Had 70 tackles and three sacks in 2009 ... Principal's Honor Roll ... also recruited by Washington, Hawaii, Nevada, Air Force, UCLA, Washington State and Oregon State ... coached by Greg Marshall

Kesni Tausinga

Defensive Lineman

6-1, 285

South Jordan, Utah

Bingham HS

Named 5A All-State First Team in 2010 by Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune ... ranked No. 11 in the state and No. 49 nationally at defensive tackle by Rivals.com ... No. 39 Midlands prospect by SuperPrep Magazine ... helped Bingham win the 5A state title in 2009 and 2010 and Region 3 championships all three years ... three-year starter ... also played rugby for the nationally renowned Highland Rugby squad ... state champion wrestler ... also recruited by Utah, Utah State and Washington State ... coached by Dave Peck

Matt Sumsion

Tight End

6-8, 215

Springville, Utah

Springville HS

4A All-State First Team in 2010 by Deseret News ... helped team advance to the state championship in 2009 and the state semifinals in 2010 ... helped Springville win two region titles in 2009 and 2010 ... 23 receptions, 378 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010 ... also garnered 41 tackles, four sacks and an interception on defense ... All-State Second Team in basketball ... honor roll student ... speaks Chinese ... also recruited by Utah, Utah State, Weber State and Southern Utah ... coached by Scott Mitchell

Manoa Pikula

Linebacker

6-1, 225

South Jordan, Utah

Bingham HS

Ranked No. 16 among state prospects by Rivals.com ... ranked as the No. 8 fullback in the nation by Scout.com ... No. 31 Midlands prospect by SuperPrep Magazine ... 5A All-State First Team in 2010 by Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune ... Region 3 Defensive MVP ... selected to play in the U.S. Under-19 National Team ... helped Bingham win the 5A state title in 2009 and 2010 and Region 3 championships all three years ... had 85 tackles, including five sacks, his senior year ... three-year starter ... coached by Dave Peck

Austin Heder

Linebacker

6-3, 235

Pleasant Grove, Utah

Pleasant Grove HS

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