Recruit Update – Sione Fua

College suitors are crowding the inbox, mailbox and doorstep of one big California lineman as they compete for his services. As far as this powerful prospect is concerned, however, they might as well not even be there.

Standing at 6'2" and weighing in at 295 pounds Sione Fua is a defensive end's worst nightmare. Unfortunately for the opposing team, he is an offensive tackle's worst nightmare too. Starting both ways for Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California, Fua has established himself as a monster on both sides of the ball.

"The teams that are recruiting me tell me that I can play either position for them," said Fua. "It's my choice."

Fua is a huge part of Crespi Carmelite's team, on both sides of the ball. He pancakes D-ends while in his O-line role and then makes opposing offensive tackles look silly when they try to return the favor. Fua's success is due, in part, to hard work over the off-season, especially in the weight room. Fua benches an impressive 360 pounds and comes in just under five seconds in the 40.

With physical characteristics like Fua's, it is no surprise that some of the best colleges in the nation are showing recruiting interest. "I have offers from Cal, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon State, Arizona State, Arizona, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Boston College, and Louisiana State," said Fua.

Asked what his five visits would be if he had to decide today, Fua singled out Cal, UCLA, Stanford, Notre Dame, and BYU. "All of these programs have great traditions of winning," Fua notes.

There is a family connection for Fua at Cal. His cousin, Marvin Phillips, is the starting center for the Golden Bears.

In addition to tradition and family connections, Fua will also consider the academic quality of the schools that are recruiting him. "Education will play a big part in my decision," said Fua. "It's very important to me."

Fua has been to BYU for an unofficial visit and was very impressed. "I liked talking to their coaches," he said. "They're all great people, and I just felt good talking to them. They have great facilities, all new and top of the line. Also, as the school for my church I really liked the atmosphere there."

BYU is attractive to Fua because it accommodates LDS missionary service. Fua plans on playing a year then serving a mission. Fua is aware that his mission plans as well as his plans to play as a freshman can both be realized at BYU. "I know BYU has a need on the D-Line next season." he said. "It would be great to come in and play next season."

Fua has spoken with the head coaches at Cal and Stanford, and the line coaches at all the schools that have offered him. Fua will take all of his visits after the season concludes.

Despite the intense recruiting interest shown by many prestigious universities, Fua is only worried about the immediate success of his high school team. At 5-3, Crespi Carmelite High School has two more games before a likely playoff appearance. "I'm totally focused on the season," he said. "I want to finish strong."

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