Hugh Freeze went fishing out west and reeled in a big one. Four-star defender David Luafatasaga committed to Ole Miss late Thursday evening and will be a mid-year enrollee for Dave Wommack's Landshark defense.
The 6'4, 225-pound outside linebacker is the prospect that defensive coordinators want in this day and age of up-tempo college football. The young man from Arizona Western College in Yuma immediately jumps off the film as a hard-hitting specimen who could play inside and on the outside as well as a strong safety. Luafatasaga, the top JUCO outside linebacker according to 247Sports, is long and quick enough to drop in pass coverage and physical enough to get downhill and bring an attitude when arriving at the ball carrier.
When watching him in action, he reminds me of Cody Prewitt. He's not shy to mix it up inside in run support and can read and react well at the second level. He looks comfortable in pass coverage and will be able to make plays with his size, athleticism and quickness. As you can see on his film below, this kid is full of athletic ability and will look to immediately make a difference on the defensive side of the ball and special teams.
After missing out on Leo Lewis, linebacker is a position that needs some help and Freeze is addressing it in a hurry. As a mid-year enrollee, Luafatasaga will have three years to play two. He reportedly holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Hawaii and Mississippi State.
Luafatasaga, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, attended Farrington High School and was recruited by special teams coordinator and safeties coach Corey Batoon and offensive graduate assitant Ben Aigamaua. It appears that Batoon's recruiting ties on the West Coast are beginning to pay dividends.