D.J. Allen, UNLV Athletics' Sr. Associate AD of External Affairs, writes a periodic column for UNLVRebels.com.
UNLV: A gifted athlete with tremendous size who will line up at defensive end ... Was a multiple-sport star in Hawaii before moving to the mainland for his senior year of high school ... Last name is pronounced "tahw-TOE-fee."
2011: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in all but one game ... Finished with 11 total tackles, including two TFL.
2010: Grayshirted season after signing with UNLV in February.
HIGH SCHOOL: Moved to Las Vegas but did not play football as a senior because of NIAA transfer rules ... Ultimately graduated from Calvary Chapel Christian HS in Las Vegas ... A three-star prospect according to Scout, which ranked him as the No. 89 DT in the nation ... Also listed as the No. 145 DE recruit in the nation by Scouts, Inc. ... Formerly starred in football and basketball at Kaimuki HS in Honolulu, HI ... A two-time all-state selection in football, basketball and volleyball on the Islands ... Helped the Bulldogs win the state basketball title as a freshman.
PERSONAL: Desmond Tautofi was born on April 21, 1992 ... The son of Siamalu and Fau Tautofi ... Has not declared a major.
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