Arizona State recently became the first scholarship offer for Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 2017 standout Faavae Faavae a player with a familial connection to the program.
"My uncle is (former ASU and NFL running back) J.R. Redmond," Fa'avae said. "I actually train with him on Sundays and Thursdays and have been doing that since I was little. He always told me Arizona State was a great school and great platform for him as he went on to the NFL. He said it'a great school, keep it him in your consideration in the recruiting process. I think he's planning on coming with me on the unofficial visit I will take there later this month."
A 6-foot-1, 210 pound linebacker, Fa'avae started talking with Arizona State staff members in the last several weeks and that process quickly yielded the scholarship offer.
"I was talking with (linebackers coach Keith) Patterson and he said that he likes the way I play, that I the way the game is supposed to be played," Fa'avae said. "He wants me to rush the quarterback and play that Devil backer position. He said it's one of the most important spots on the defense. I really like everything about coach Patterson and (recruiting coordinator Patrick) Suddes, who I first started talking with. They sounded like family and wanted me to really go to Arizona State.
"Coach Patterson sounded really genuine and like they want the best for me. I can really tell when I talk to coaches if they really are genuine or not and feel like they really are. He really wanted me to come out on an unofficial visit and I'm coming on Feb. 27 of this month for a junior day. I was also talking to him about how my uncle went to Arizona State."
As a junior, Fa'avae recorded 59 tackles with 11 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. He said he's generated interest from Mississippi, UCLA, USC and Washington, among other schools, but the Sun Devils were first to offer a scholarship.
"I'm looking for academics first, get a good degree, what school will put me in the best position to succeed in that area," Fa'avae said. "I'm looking for a comfortable feeling, if I feel at home, like it's a family. I feel like with coach Suddes and coach Patterson. I'm looking at playing opportunity, if I fit the scheme. Those are big factors, I feel.
"I'm feisty, I like to get after the ball, get after the quarterback. I like to box, I'm a boxer. I run track too. I'm a multi-sport athlete. I get great grades and I'm a great family man."