BYU's Next Starr?

In hopes of shoring up a struggling secondary, BYU offered a 6-foot, 210-pound safety/running back from the San Diego, California area. TBS caught up with the SoCal prospect to get his thoughts on BYU and recruiting in general.

Starr Fuimaono of Bona Vista High School currently holds offers from BYU, UNLV and Nevada-Reno. He is still considering all three on equal ground a mere three days away from letter of intent day when he will have to make his decision on where to play football at the next level.

"I've taken trips to all three schools and I like all of them right now," said Fuimaono. "I just got back from BYU and enjoyed my trip there as well. BYU definitely has the best facilities of any of the schools."

BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall was specially impressive to Fumaono.

"He's a straight-forward man—doesn't mess around and tells you exactly what he feels," said Fuimaono, "I was hosted on my trip by Manase Tonga and he was a great guy. I really enjoyed my trip to BYU."

Fuimaono went snowmobiling, met with coaches, ate well and participated in activities with current Cougar players along with fellow recruit Collin Eboh.

"BYU is a great place," said Fuimaono. "I enjoyed snowmobiling, getting to meet coaches, touring the campus and everything else. I could definitely see myself playing there."

Fuimaono's older brother Howie just graduated from UNLV where he started along the Rebel defensive line for the past three years.

Starr Fuimaono played both ways for Bonita Vista high at running back and safety, recording 1085 yards on just 144 carries and 18 touchdowns. Fuimaono's future lies on the defensive side of the ball, however.

"All the schools recruiting me want me as a safety," said Fuimaono. "I like playing safety and feel that is what I'm best at, so that's all good."

"He's the most incredible football player I've coached in 35 years," raved Bona Vista High coach Carl Parrick about Fuimaono. "He's one of those players who can do it all for us. He's been a real blessing for this program."

Fuimaono indicated that he will make his decision on where to sign as early as tomorrow night. Fuimaono is LDS, but did not speak of any definite mission plans at this point.


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