By Josh Cann
Naisa Mahe is a 6’0, 290 Defensive Tackle who played his high school ball at West Jordan High School. Coach Kaufusi and Coach Poppinga initially recruited him.
When BYU offered, Mahe committed on the spot and hasn’t looked back since.
“Growing up as a little kid I watched BYU, I felt like it was a good place for me, I felt like I could help them, and be able to help myself. I just liked the overall feeling when I was down there.” Mahe said.
When Bronco and co. left for Virginia, Coach Kaufusi showed Mahe’s film to Coach Sitake and Coach Tuiaki and after seeing it and evaluating him overall, they liked him and decided they wanted to keep him.
Naisa Mahe took his official visit to BYU on the weekend of January 22nd. He said it went very well and he’s very excited for the future at BYU. He also has some connections on the current team.
“I’m cousins with Moses Kaumatule who is a current defensive end for BYU, it’ll be fun to play with him, I have some distant relatives on the team as well.” Mahe said.
Naisa said there’s a group chat on Twitter with about 8 BYU commits/prospects where they talk about their recruiting experiences and where they share where they get their mission calls to.
“My goals when I get to BYU is to get a good education and do whatever it takes to be an asset to the team.” Mahe said. “The reason I like BYU is the environment, the people to talk to, and it’s comfortable, and I like the standards.”
Mahe is LDS and was initially planning on playing a year and then serving his mission until Handsome Tanielu signed, now he’s planning on going on a mission right away as soon as he graduates this June of 2016.
Naisa Mahe is being recruited as a Nose Tackle, and will be slated to suit up for the Cougs in the Fall of 2018 after he graduates and his mission service.