Devin Kaufusi made quite the splash on Wednesday when he announced on Twitter that he was transferring to Utah.
The former BYU player, whose family has a storied history at BYU and playing in the NFL, is a welcome addition for the Utes with the graduation of several players on the defensive line (Bradlee Anae, Leki Fotu and John Penisini).
During his two years at BYU, Kaufusi played in 25 games with three career starts. The 6-foot-7, 257-pound pass rusher has worked as a rotational player through his first two seasons and looks to improve his skills with a Utah staff that has sent a bunch of defensive players to the NFL. Kaufusi, a junior, will have to sit out this season and will two years of eligibility remaining.
Pleased to announce that I have officially committed to the University of Utah. There I will further my football career and education. Thank you @CoachPowell99 @UtahCoachWhitt @SafetyPride @Utah_Football UTAH MAN AM I? pic.twitter.com/HjTcNwabba
— Devin Kaufusi (@devskaufusi) April 8, 2020
Kaufusi was a highly sought-after player in the transfer portal as he had interest from UCLA, Virginia, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah and Washington State.
So why did Kaufusi pick Utah?
The junior told the Deseret News that Utah was always the school he had in mind when he announced his decision to enter the transfer portal. He added that his goal is to become the best football player that he can be and believes Utah is the best place to do just that.
The addition of Kaufusi brings much needed depth at defensive end. With Bradlee Anae — Utah’s all-time sack leader — off to the NFL and the uncertainty surrounding the future of Maxs Tupai and Blake Kuithe, the Utes were thin at the defensive end position.
Defensive line was a big priority for the coaching staff this past recruiting year with the signings of Van Fillinger, Xavier Carlton and Tyler Wegis. According to 247Sports, the expectation is that Fillinger will come in and compete right away, Wegis will likely redshirt and Carlton could go either way.
— The MUSS (@TheMUSS) April 9, 2020
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— Utes_Editz (@utes_editz) April 8, 2020
Yessss!!! Welcome to the UBoyz, Devin! pic.twitter.com/WPIrg9svUW
— Tyrusaurus Warren (@thetyrusaurus) April 8, 2020