Meet Peni Tagive, Baylor's shiny new toy
Peni Tagive is an Australian rugby player that is loaded with American football talent, and Bears assistant coach Brian Norwood was quick to pull the trigger when he saw his highlight tape and met the monstrous specimen.
According to 247Sports, Tagive is listed at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds as an outside linebacker. Obviously he'll need some time to learn the game and to develop at the position, but it's clear that he has the athleticism and raw talent to help the defense sometime in the near future.
Judging by the video, this guy can flat out dominate. He's seen running multiple opponents over when handling the ball through strength and speed (4.5 40-yard dash) and blowing plays up by laying down the big hit. Tagive also shows his great field presence and vision by making quick decisions when passing the ball on the run.
Rugby is very different than American football, but there's no questioning the brutality of the sport and the toughness of its players—and Baylor is getting one heck of a project. It'll be a difficult transition for Tagive, but he looks the part and seems to have the skill set and frame to play the linebacker position.
Don't forget that BYU defensive end Ziggy Ansah came over from Ghana and had to be taught the most basic rules and techniques, including how to put pads and a helmet on correctly. He saw sporadic playing time throughout his collegiate career, but started the final nine games of 2012 and climbed his way to the top as the No. 5 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Tagive is 24 years old, but will be considered a freshman this fall and has four years of eligibility.
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