Ailing Fua Looks West

One of BYU's biggest targets this recruiting year is no doubt Sione Fua from Crespi Carmelite high school in Encino, California. BYU will need help on the defensive line in 2006 and Fua has the skills to come right in and contribute.

Sione Fua has compiled an impressive list of offers, and is one of the best defensive tackles on the west coast. At 6'2", 290 pounds, Fua is a force to be reckoned with. He had two sacks his first game this season, but has been sidelined for the last few games due to an injury.

"I'm hearing from all the Pac-10 schools and some east coast schools like Notre Dam," Fua said. "The main schools that I'm looking at though are Cal, UCLA, BYU, and Stanford."

Sione said he hears from a BYU coach once every week or two, and has seen some of their highlights on TV.

"I'm not going to visit any schools until after my season is over," Sione said. "Then I hope to pick a school shortly after I finish my visits."

Sione said he is looking for a school with a good education, and a school that will let him take his mission. He plans on playing a year then leaving.

"My parents want me to stay close to home, but they'll support me in any decision I make," said Fua.

When asked to describe his style of play, Fua said he was aggressive, makes plays, and is all over the field. He also prides himself on being a leader on the field by working hard every play.

When asked if BYU's slow 2-3 start had any affect on him he said, "No, not at all."

One other tidbit, Fua is cousins with Stanley Havili. Fua said he does not have very much contact with Havili and has no intentions of going where he goes. However, Fua's dad joked on the phone that if Havili went to BYU, Sione would go there too.

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