As BYU was announcing its 2015 recruiting class, one player stood out. The player was Motekiai Langi, listed at 6-7 and 410 pounds.
According to BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall, Langi was first noticed by a BYU assistant coach while Langi was playing pickup basketball in his native Tonga. And Mendenhall said he hasn’t known Langi for very long (15 minutes!), though he was willing to give him a chance based off his size and favorable review from the basketball game.
He offered Langi a scholarship and Langi will start out at defensive tackle.
“We’re going to play him at nose tackle first and we normally require a two-gap player that can play — be big enough and strong enough to handle both A gaps — he might be a three-gap player. Maybe we’ll just have him lay sideways on the snap and just block the whole thing out. But there’s got to be some way he can do something. It will be fun.”