Vakalahi Getting Attention

Fono Vakalahi from Bryan, Texas recently attended BYU's Junior Day and received an offer from Cougar coaches soon thereafter. The offer from BYU was Vakalahi's second offer, with his first offer coming from Baylor. TBS caught up with Vakalahi to learn of which schools are looking at him and what his plans for the rest of the summer are.

Fono Vakalahi is a 6-foot-4-inch, 320-pound offensive line recruit from Bryan, Texas. Having started for the varsity team ever since his freshman year, Vakalahi will be moving over from left tackle to center this coming year.

"I'm excited about moving over and playing center," said Vakalahi. "The coaches just feel I'd help out more there, and I'm fine with that."

Due to his stellar play at Bryan High School, Vakalahi has received a lot of attention. Vakalahi's mailbox has been stuffed with letters from various suitors as he prepares for his senior season. He said that in addition to BYU and Baylor, he is being recruited by Hawaii, Texas A&M, UTEP, Utah State and a lot of other programs.

"BYU and Baylor are obviously recruiting me the hardest right now, as they've both offered, but I'm starting to hear from other schools more and more," Vakalahi said.

BYU coaches made their way down to Texas to watch Vakalahi during spring workouts and evidently came away impressed, as they invited the top offensive line recruit to their Junior Day workout. Vakalahi was very complimentary of BYU's coaches.

"Coach Higgins and Coach Kaufusi are the two coaches I've talked to most," said Vakalahi. "I like both coaches a lot. Coach Kaufusi is a laid-back guy who makes you feel comfortable. He's a good coach. All of BYU's coaches are great coaches."

Vakalahi, who is LDS, was very excited upon receiving the offer from BYU

"I love BYU," said Vakalahi. "I went there last summer and really liked being there. BYU is definitely one of my top schools right now."

Vakalahi has definite plans to serve a mission. Indeed, the school he'll sign with will have to respect and work with his mission plans.

"Getting a good education and going to a school that will respect my mission plans are the two most important things for me," said Vakalahi. "Getting an education is the most important thing in receiving a scholarship, and that's my focus. I will also serve a mission, so I will sign with a school that respects my mission plans."

Vakalahi is in no hurry to commit, and plans on waiting for all his options to come in before he makes a decision. For now he plans on attending some local camps while preparing himself as best he can for his final season of high school football.

"I'll probably focus on deciding by the end of the football season," said Vakalahi. "I really like both BYU and Baylor right now, but I think I'll get other offers as well. I'm in no hurry to decide right now. It's a big decision and we'll see what options I have by the end of the season."


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