Fuga Likes BYU

A big Cali OT/DT is now concentrating on finishing his senior season before making official trips to the schools that have offered him. TBS found out how this prospect's high school team is doing and where he stands in the commitment process.

"My team is doing real well, we're 6-1 and should have a chance to go far in the postseason," said Romney Fuga. "I'm just concentrating on the season right now before deciding on where to sign and play in college."

Playing college ball at the division one level is definitely an option for Fuga and one he intends on taking upon high school graduation. "I have offers from BYU, CSU [Colorado State] and San Diego State," said Fuga. "I'm also getting a lot of attention from Washington and Arizona. Those two schools may offer me as well."

But as mentioned, the 6'2", 275-pound defensive/offensive line prospect has BYU securely on top of his list. "I've been out [to BYU] two different times on unofficial visits and I love it," said Fuga. "I love the environment, the team, the coaches and just everything. It's definitely a place I could see myself attending school at and playing football."

Fuga is LDS and has definite mission plans. The willingness of a school to honor his mission plans will play a big part of where Fuga decides to play. Fuga plans to play for a year and then leave on a mission.

Fuga is well aware of BYU's defensive line situation as the Cougars will lose as many as 7 defensive linemen to graduation following this season. "Coach Kaufusi has mentioned it for sure," said Fuga. "It's something that is really appealing to me. I know that I would have a real good chance to play right away and I like that a lot, but playing right away isn't the biggest factor for me."

Fuga who hails from Huntington Beach, California is impressed with what he has seen from head coach Bronco Mendenhall and defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi. Said Fuga: "They're great guys. They're straight-forward and they're inspiring guys. Really great guys who I know will help me become the best player I can be."

Fuga plans on finishing out his season then take trips to BYU, CSU and SDSU. Fuga mentioned that he will visit all schools that offers him a scholarship. "It's a huge decision for me," he said. "I think right now I'll end up at BYU, but to be fair to myself and those who have offered me I need to take a serious look at all of my options and then decide."

Fuga is being recruited as a defensive lineman although he can play both sides of the ball. He has been timed running a 4.95 forty a long with benching 375 pounds and cleaning 300 pounds. TBS will keep in contact with Fuga at least monthly as BYU looks to be in the hunt for his services until the very end.

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