Fehoko Among the Stars at All-Poly Camp

Alema Te'o's All-Poly Camp was chalk-full of top-quality talent from both mainland America and the islands of the South Pacific. One such participant, representing Farrington High School from the great state of Hawaii, showed why he belonged among some of the elite camp participants even though he was only coming off of his sophomore year.

Hawaiian linebacker prospect V.J. Fehoko has the best of both worlds. His father Vili Fehoko has long been known for his physical strength stemming from his days as a gridiron warrior. Speaking of warriors, Vili shows his warrior spirit as "Vili the Warrior," mascot for the University of Hawaii.

V.J., much like his older brother Whitley, possesses the strength of his father. However, much like his other older brother Sam, V.J. possesses the agility and quickness of his mother Linda Fehoko, who was a world-class soccer player and played on the world stage at the age of 16. Needless to say, both Linda and Vili Fehoko have passed their physical talents on to V.J.

"I can bench press 225 pounds 20 times," said Fehoko. "I power clean 235 and I bench max 350 pounds, and I squat 225 about 35 times."

During the All-Poly Camp at Bountiful High School, V.J. rose to the top to become grouped among some of the best players in attendance. Playing as a defensive end, which is not his natural position, Fehoko made things easier for others on his defensive unit by making play after play.

A well-spoken young man, Fehoko said the lessons he learned from the quality coaches at the camp were invaluable. The camp took on a sort of college atmosphere as coaches barked out instructions, coached prospects oftentimes one-on-one, and molded players with varying drills designed to enhance a player's abilities.

"This camp has helped me a lot," said Fehoko. "Where else can you go to get so much instruction from so many different college coaches and players from the college and NFL level?"

Fehoko said he plans on incorporating various things he learned at the camp into his own game.

"The first thing I'm going to apply in my game back home that I've learned from the All-Poly Camp is the intensity of the game," said Fehoko. "I'm going to bring this aspect of the camp back to my high school. Also, I'm going to bring back some of the technique and drills that I've learned from the quality of coaches that were present here at the All-Poly Camp. There are new NFL and college drills that many of these coaches were teaching out there, so I'm going to go back and apply the basics and fundamentals that I've learned into my game when I go back home to Hawaii."

In addition to the football education the participants received throughout the All-Poly Camp, the three-day event also dealt with off-the-field activities. All-Poly Camp participants were taught that in order to have an opportunity to get it done on the football field, one must first get it done in the classroom. They were put through workshops that prepared them for the ACT test and educated them on the NCAA Clearinghouse and life skills.

"The camp helped me a lot, from [the] educational and academics part to the football part," said Fehoko. "My father always tells me there is always something more to learn at the All-Poly Camp, and that's why I come here every year."

Fehoko was named as the All-Poly Camp MVP for the defensive end position. Coming in at about 5 feet 11 inches and 215 pounds, Fehoko used his speed and athleticism coming off the edge to beat larger linemen playing at their natural position. Fehoko claims verbal offers from BYU and some other Division I programs, which is no surprise.

"I just got offered the other day by UCLA," said Fehoko, who is LDS. "I've also received verbal offers from Boise State, Texas Tech and Colorado State, but when it comes to BYU I have a real soft spot in my heart for them. The LDS aspect of BYU is a really big thing to me. I feel that no other school in the NCAA has that aspect within their program."

Fehoko has been told that these programs are looking at him to play outside linebacker.

"I've been told they are looking at me kind of like a Shawn Merriman-type player, someone who can run quickly off the edge," said Fehoko. "They said they liked me because I use my hands well and I can rush quickly off the edge, and I can also get off blocks really well."

Meanwhile, now that the All-Poly Camp is over, Fehoko plans on taking an unofficial visit to BYU before he returns home. As previously mentioned, Fehoko likes what BYU represents and stands for.

"There are many things that BYU brings out and stands for," said Fehoko. "When I listened to Coach Mendenhall speak, I feel really inspired. He told us all these great things about BYU and how they don't just stress developing great football players, but they stress the development of people, and that means a lot to me. You can go anywhere in the country and there is drinking and smoking, but I know at BYU that it's an environment that is clean, and the Church has a big role in that."

Having been raised by parents that have stressed the importance of incorporating the principles of his faith into his everyday life, Fehoko has taken it upon himself to further investigate those football programs of interest in order to further understand what may be a best fit for him.

"BYU's football program is a great football program, but it stands for more than just football," said Fehoko. "It stands for something else that is higher than what others may try to promote in my mind. I think those that do decide to go to BYU have a different perspective on life. They have the idea in mind of being missionaries and doing missionary work. It's not just about being an athlete, but using what you've been given for missionary work and helping people that way."


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