Yesterday was signing day in college football and the star wasn’t a five-star recruit that chose Alabama or USC, it was a 6-foot-7, 410 project from Tonga named Motekiai Langi that no one had heard of (and some didn’t believe existed) until BYU tweeted out his specs. Below are some highlights of the reactions to the signing of Langi from local and national media.
SB Nation trembled in fear of their new “mean mugging … Tongan overlord.”
— SB✯Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) February 5, 2015
Darren Rovell, a business reporter for ESPN, thought the Cougars were punking him
But BYU was quick to respond that Langi was no joke, providing photographic evidence of his existence.
— BYU Cougars (@BYUCougars) February 4, 2015
Soon after that, an 8-second clip of Langi playing a pick-up game of football emerged on YouTube. It’s unclear if the person he hit flopped for fear of what would happen if he were actually hit.
Finally a picture of Langi from the MTC surfaced making the old gentleman he’s standing next to look like a member of the lollipop guild.
In this clip from BYU Sports Nation, BYU defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi explains how he came across Langi.
There’s no doubt that Langi’s legend will grow to Paul Bunyan proportions over the next two years while he is serving an LDS mission. But I for one can’t wait for the day in the distant future that he suits up for the Cougars, so long as the equipment manager can find a helmet and shoulder pads that fit.