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Early greatness leads Tasi into Division I signee

Chad Tasi trains in Daly City on Oct. 28, 2020. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Chad Tasi trains in Daly City on Oct. 28, 2020. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

De La Salle senior lineman Chad Tasi saw from a young age just how far he could go in sports.

Tasi started getting invited to premier camps and events in middle school. He was invited next to some high-caliber athletes, and his love for the game only grew from there.

“Right there I just knew,” Tasi said. “I don’t know. I felt like I was a good player, and that’s when I just took football more serious and I just loved playing, going to a lot of camps and the all-star games I was getting invited to.”

From then to now, Tasi’s trajectory as a student-athlete only skyrocketed, and he’s made the most of every opportunity.

At De La Salle, Tasi’s impact up front has boosted a nationally ranked Spartans squad, earning his way to First Team All-East Bay Athletic League honors while helping the program notch its 28th consecutive North Coast Section crown and a runner-up finish at the state level to eventual national champion St. John Bosco.

Earlier this month, Tasi signed his letter of intent to play collegiately at the Division I level at Southern Utah, picking the school over offers from Cal Poly, Northern Arizona and Northern Colorado.

And Tasi’s primary motivation lies in his family, one steeped in recent football success – his cousin, Boss Tagaloa, played at UCLA, and his younger cousin, Brodie Tagaloa, is a Division I tight end recruit for the Spartans.

“My family. My family for sure,” Tasi said. “All my siblings. My little brothers for sure. I just want them to see me do good, hope they follow in my footsteps, get my family good.”

While the season got pushed back to the winter and spring calendar for 2021, Tasi is on a mission this offseason to add to his game even more.

Tasi said he’s been conditioning, lifting and running, also improving his footwork and hand movement.

“I think more work on my d-line stuff,” Tasi said. “I’m getting better on my d-line. More hand movement. I think I’ve gotten better at that and speed.”

For his final high school season, all of Tasi’s ambitions lie in lifting De La Salle back to the top of California – a feat the program last accomplished in 2015.

“Individual goal is to have a good successful senior year, finish the year strong, hope we get to win state this year,” Tasi said. “And our team goal is state, too, and just play our best and grow as a team.”

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