The UCLA football team received another commitment to the 2019 class as 3-star fullback Sitiveni Kaufusi (Punahou/Honolulu, HI) has committed to the Bruins.
Just because National Signing Day is over doesn’t mean that the UCLA football coaches were done bringing in more talent. That was apparent today as the Bruins received a commitment from 6’2, 240-pound Sitveni Kaufusi.
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Kaufusi had originally signed with Navy, but had a change of heart after he was offered a scholarship last week during UCLA’s recent recruiting campaign, the ‘8Clap8th’. He then took an official visit that was to his liking which led to his commitment.
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This is an interesting pickup for UCLA head coach Chip Kelly who has been targeting smaller, quicker running backs in the last two recruiting classes. Kaufusi, who played fullback and linebacker in high school, will come in to give the UCLA running game some power.
Kelly has been very innovative in the way that he has put this UCLA running game together in both scheme and use of personnel. Though it took some time for the running game to get up to speed last season, Kelly had utilized his back’s speed and illusiveness to march the ball downfield in a hurry, mostly when in the hands of Joshua Kelley and Kazmeir Allen.
UCLA would on occasion try to run the ball up the middle, which usually was in the hands of Martell Irby. With Kaufusi on the roster, Kelly now has another bruiser to go right through the gaps.
So what type of player is Kaufusi? He may not be the fastest RB on the team, but he has enough power in his legs to get him downfield in a hurry. He is also quite agile and can get the angle on blocks and tackles.
And since he is such a large human being, he is very hard to take down, that is if he doesn’t bowl over defenders first. Kaufusi also has good vision which helps him to find the open areas of the field, whether it is through the line or around the edge.
This is one commit that will definitely add some power to the UCLA run game and another dimension. With that being said, Welcome to Westwood, Sitiveni!