Dillon Faamatau Talks ASU Pledge

It was a Sunday morning breakfast at headoach Todd Graham’s house when Norwalk (Calif.) Lineman Dillon Faamatau made his intentions known to those on his official visit that he will commit to Arizona State. But 24 hours earlier his mind was already made up due to one significant factor.

“After the academic presentations on my visit I envisioned myself committing here,” Faamatau said. “I didn’t really know before my visit that I was going to commit. It was a hard decision to decommit from Washington State because I thought it would be a solid decision. The success Coach Graham has had with the academics there, where everyone gets their degree by the end of their senior season or right after it…that caught my eye.

“My parents entrust Coach Graham and he was thankful for that and said that he promised that I will come back with a degree.”

Another impactful aspect of his visit that was very appealing was the relationships among the players, and the manner in which the lineman was received.

“I was hosted by Viliami Latu,” Faamatau noted. “He said that if I come into to the program a lot will be expected from you, but that’s how it would be at any school. You have to be willing to work hard not only on the field but in the classroom.

“I wasn’t expecting the camaraderie and the brotherhood. I felt that way with everyone on the team. They embraced you as a brother and didn’t care who you are or where you played. I’m not used to being in that atmosphere.”

The 6-4 282-pound Dillon Faamatau is a true two-way lineman and said that while his recruiting coach, Arizona State offensive line coach Chris Thomsen would like him to play on offense at guard or center, that Graham would want to see him play on the interior of the defensive line.

“I like the quick, downhill, attacking offense,” Faamatau stated. “Coach Thomsen said I’m a very versatile player that can play either side of the ball and that I could even play tight end on goal line situations. He said that on offense I remind him of Vi Teofilo, just a little lankier.

“I think I may start fall camp on defense. I know Coach Graham and Coach Thomsen have a little feud arguing back and forth of where I play (laughs).”

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