Falahola Joins Nance, Commits to Sun Devils

Yesterday Euless (Tex.) Trinity offensive guard Saia Falahola told Devils Digest that he was a heavy lean towards the maroon and gold. A couple hours later, he called the ASU coaches and gave them his oral commitment. Falahola, who along with fellow Sun Devil commit Dimitri Nance, help capture the 5A state championship said that he wanted to end the process since his mind was already made up.

"I just wanted to end the phone calls and focus on school," Saia Falahola told Devils Digest Tuesday afternoon. "I know that Arizona State is the place for me and it will be nice to play with Dimitri again." The guard had a trip planned to Kansas State, but said that in light of his decision he won't visit them "I haven't heard from them in two weeks anyway."

The following is the interview Falahola gave Devils Digest on Monday:

"Arizona State has really been recruiting me hard the last two weeks, and they offered me a scholarship," said the 6-2.5 315 Saia Falahola. "They were in contact with me before because of Nance, but they weren't recruiting me as hard then. Out of the schools that are looking at me, they are recruiting me the hardest." His other suitors are Kansas State (scheduled to visit on 1/13), New Mexico State and Colorado State.

"My interest went way up when they won their bowl game," said the lineman who's being recruited by ASU's defensive line Coach Ted Monachino. "It was a nice game to watch, and I could see myself playing there for a few years. Dimitri told me that even though it's different there than Texas it's easy to get used to and he really liked there. He said that if I went there I would like it too."

Chemistry is a vital ingredient for success in football, and in that regard it would be hard for any two players to be more familiar with each other, than Nance and Falahola. "Me and Dimitri go way back," he recalled. "I was blocking for him since Pop Warner, so playing with him now is no different. It would be great to play again with him in college. If I went to Arizona State, Dimitri would be a big part of it, just because I would have somebody from back home playing with me. It would help because we would be pushing each other harder and make things better for each other."

Falahola played left guard for the Trojans. The maroon and gold are recruiting him at that position, but also mention to him that they could see him possibly play center. "I'm aggressive, I come off the ball real quick, and I bully people around," said Falahola as he described his skills. "I need to work on my feet and on my base so I can stay with the man I'm blocking." In a brief conversation with Devils Digest Nance added that Falahola: "is a great offensive lineman to run behind. He just knocks people down when he blocks. It would be great if he came with me to Arizona State."

The lineman is genuinely excited by the recruiting attention he's receiving from the Sun Devils, and is happy that a stellar senior season is giving him an opportunity to be recruited by such a program. "Winning the state championship in Texas says a lot," stated Falahola. "Football in Texas is the best and being state champs means a lot. They're obviously a lot of good players on our team, and I guess Arizona State has noticed that with me and Dimitri."

Coach Koetter, along with Coaches Myers and Monachino will visit Falahola at home on Monday of next week. The lineman is already academically qualified.

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