Will Friendships Lure Fangupo to Tempe?

Newcomers and Junior College defensive tackles Spencer Gasu and Eugene Germany haven't set foot at ASU yet, but are already playing a factor in the recruitment of a fellow JC tackle. On Sunday, Mt. San Antonio DT Hebron Fangupo was offered by the Sun Devils, a team that is attractive to Fangupo because of his longtime friend Gasu and JC teammate Germany.

"I'm very happy with that offer," said the 6-2 330 Hebron Fangupo. "I watched them a lot last year and I'm very interested in Arizona State. Coach Lubick has been recruiting me for the last few weeks and even though I want to keep my options open Arizona State is definitely a school that I'm gonna look at. I really wanna see the facilities there."

Gasu and Fangupo have known each other since high school when both played for Century High in Santa Ana, Calif. "Coach Lubick asked me if I wanted to play again with Spencer on the same line," Fangupo recalled. "I think it would be real cool if that happened, because we both come from the same background…I'm also good friends with Eugene because we played together last year."

Despite being on an LDS mission for two years, Fangupo shook off his rust quickly en route to a solid freshman season at Mt. San Antonio. He registered 28 tackles, seven tackles-for-loss, and three sacks in 2007, while earning First Team All-Mission Conference honors. In a JCFootball.com combine earlier this month, he impressed with a sub-5.0 forty time as well as registering 24 bench reps of 225 pounds.

"I have to improve in every aspect of the game so I can get better," he stated. "I'm a versatile player that can play different positions on the line."

Arizona, Utah, Tennessee, and Oregon have already extended scholarship offers and Fangupo noted that USC has been showing increased interest and that an offer from the Trojans could take place in the future. "I haven't visited those schools yet, and I'm talking to my coaches to see which school I'm gonna visit and when," Fangupo explained. "It's a good bet that I will visit Arizona State, Tennessee and Oregon. I don't know when I'm gonna commit but I do want to take some visits first."

Fangupo claimed that he did want to play out of state, but more importantly go to a school "that wants to win national championships; because I'm not gonna settle for anything less."

Fangupo will take summer school classes, which will aid him in his quest to be a December graduate ("I really wanna be at spring practice with my new school"). Once he enrolls in a four-year college he will have three years to play two.

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