Hiatus Doesn't Affect DL's Recruiting

Tevita Finau is approximately three years removed from playing competitive football. So how is it that the Phoenix College defensive end, and ASU prospect, is loaded with offers from powerhouse programs all over the country? Never underestimate the power of a school's spring game…

The 6-5 275 Tevita Finau was part of Oregon State's 2004 recruiting class. He wasn't slated to join the Beavers immediately as it is, but his plans to play Division I football were even further delayed. "I was supposed to go on two-year Mormon mission out of high school," said Finau who prepped at Kahuku HS in Oahu, Hawaii. "I ended up not going on that mission, and went to play rugby for a year and a half in Maui. My father is the team's head coach over there."

Family and friends convinced Finau to drop his rugby career in favor of a college education. "My dad heard from some friends about Phoenix College, so I ended up there," said Finau who greyshirted the 2006 season. "I really like it there and I look forward to playing this season. It was good having that greyshirt year because I got back in the flow of the game, and by the time spring game came along I was in good shape and playing well. We have an experienced team coming back and the school is awesome."

Playing well in the spring – talk about an understatement…

A plethora of schools, Arizona State included, aren't waiting for the 2007 to make their recruiting intentions known. The once tight end is now an impressive defensive end that has put on some 40 pounds since his senior year in high school, yet was clocked running the 40-yard dash at a 4.75. His impressive athletic abilities were displayed in all their glory in the school's spring game. "I did pretty well (in the spring game) and Coach Wolfley (Phoenix College head coach Dale Wolfley) sent out the film of that game to a lot of schools, and all these offers came in. I'm very blessed. I don't know how many sacks I had in that game, but I guess did pretty good though (laughs)…"

According to Wolfley Finau has offers from Arizona, USC, Arizona State, Kansas State, Nevada, Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, West Virginia, Nebraska and Utah among others. ASU and Arizona were the first ones to offer Finau close to four weeks ago. The Sun Devils are represented by defensive line coach Grady Stretz.

Finau claims that he has no list of favorites when it comes to his recruiting, and he's focused on bettering himself in every aspect of the game. Nonetheless, he does have some pretty strong ties to the Sun Devil program that make ASU a school he's seriously considering. "I have a close relationship with ASU's graduate assistant Arna Bontemps, and after visiting them everything is clicking with ASU," he commented. "I love the players, the coaches…everybody on that staff. It's an awesome program."

Furthermore he calls current ASU players and former Phoenix College players Eric Tanner and Jarrell Holman some of his closest friends "All they talk about when they see me is how great ASU is," he noted. "They're always recruiting me."

Finau is scheduled to earn his Associate's Degree in May, thus he will sign a letter of intent in February. He will be a four for three player in terms of athletic eligibility.

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