Fanua Giving All Suitors an Equal Chance

As a top 20 middle linebacker prospect, Steven Fanua naturally gets a considerable amount of recruiting attention. The 6-1 210 standout from Milpitas (Calif.) isn't naming any favorites and is still enjoying the recruiting process as he approaches double digit offers. Earlier in the week he attended the Sun Devils' camp and talked about his experience there with Devils Digest.

"Everything was good at camp and there was a lot of talent there," said Fanua. "The coaches were real good and (Linebackers) Coach Bray was very knowledgeable. I like the style of defense he teaches and that's the same defense I play in high school. I really like the facilities, especially the weight room and that stadium is huge."

Being that he's from the San Jose area, plays linebacker and wears jersey number 42, it's probably no surprise what other part of the visit left a strong imprint on him. "The tribute to Pat Tillman in the stadium was very impressive," he noted. "He's a hero where I come from and it was real nice to see how they honored him at Arizona State."

Following his visit to ASU Fanua drove south an hour and half to Tucson. While he said that the visit to the University of Arizona was comparable to his ASU one, he did think that the facilities, namely the stadium, were better in Tempe.

The Milpitas Trojans struggled last year with a 5-6 record and a first round playoff exit. Nonetheless, that didn't stop Steven Fanua from being not only the best defensive player on the squad but also one of the best in his position in Northern California. The middle linebacker tallied 220 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior. In seven of his games he registered at least 13 tackles.

"I have good speed, but I need to work on my endurance," he said of his skills. "That's why I'll be running the hills in the summer (laughs). I need to work on my pass defense and gain weight."

Along with ASU and Arizona, Cal, Washington, BYU, Oregon, Fresno State and UNLV all offered as well. Aside from his trips to both Arizona schools, Fanua also took unofficial visits to Cal and BYU. He also attended camps in those last two schools as well, and will wrap up his camp schedule with another camp at Cal and one at Stanford later this month.

"I don't have any favorites and I want to take some official visits in the fall," he said. "I want to go to a school where there are good all-around people and I can really blend in with the players and coaches. I'm also looking for a school with good academics."

Fanua who carries a 2.6 GPA and scored 970 on his SAT said that despite the numerous schools recruiting him he doesn't look to drag his decision late into the year. "I'm looking to make my commitment by mid-season," he said.

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