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Pleasant Grove (UT) LB/DE prospect Jonathan Fanaika likes the unique aspects of BYU but will not announce until next February

BYU was the first to offer a scholarship to Jonathan Fanaika, an outside linebacker and defensive end prospect from Pleasant Grove High School (UT). TotalBlueSports.com caught up with Fanaika for a quick update on his current recruiting situation with the Cougars.

There is one thing Jonathan Fanaika likes about BYU and that’s the coaching staff led by Kalani Sitake and Ilaisa Tuiaki. Both had recruited Fanaika’s older brother, Brandon, who ended up signing at Stanford.

“The coaches are all very great!” Fanaika said. “I love them! My relationship is solid with the coaches, and I've known Coach Sitake and Tuiaki for a while because they were the ones that recruited my older brother. We just talk about the things that are important like my social life and school.”

When it comes to BYU’s coaches, Fanaika truly sees the brotherhood found among the staff, which is hard to find anywhere else.

“I love the coaching staff!” said Fanaika. “You can tell they are brothers and they all work in sync with each other.”

With three offers currently in hand, Fanaika currently doesn’t have a top college choice at this point in time. He currently holds offers from BYU, Utah, and Utah State. He is, however, considering BYU due to the caliber of academics found there.

“I got a scholarship from Utah and Utah State, after [BYU].” Fanaika said. “I do intend on taking as many opportunities to get familiar with BYU [on] official or unofficial [visits].”

In addition to the academic status, Fanaika is considering BYU because of the well-rounded experience in all facets of life he believes he can receive from the university.  

“I have not placed any school before any of my offers,” Fanaika said. “I value them the same because it's an honor that they have given me the opportunity to further my education. BYU is still a school I'm considering because there's way more to consider than just sports. I have to take an educational stance as well.”

Fanaika currently stands 6-4, 210-pounds and uses speed and agility to play the outside linebacker and defensive end position for the Pleasant Grove Vikings (UT).

“I play defensive end as well as outside linebacker,” he said. “I feel like I get off the ball quickly, because last year I was well under 60-pounds less than all the linemen I went up against, so I would try to focus on speed and hand combat.”

He has no plans to announce his commitment early to any college. Instead, he will wait till next February to make his commitment decision known on signing day.

“I plan on making my final decision probably on signing day,” Fanaika said. “I just have to wait for when I know truly what school is the right one.”


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