Fua in No Particular Hurry

Alani Fua doesn't lack offers or interest from Division I programs at this early stage of the recruiting process. He has caught the eye of many would-be suitors thanks in part to playing for Southern California powerhouse Oaks Christian High School, which major Division I programs make their way to quite often. TBS caught up with Fua to learn which schools have shown interest early on.

"I have offers from BYU, Oregon State and Hawaii right now," said Alani Fua. "BYU offered me first about a month ago and then Oregon State a few days after that. I then got offered by Hawaii a couple of weeks ago."

It likely won't end there for Fua, as both Arizona and Arizona State have indicated that they'll both be offering him real soon. Fua indicated he is content to sit back and wait for his options to come in before making any decision or leaning any particular way with regards to which school to sign and then play for.

"All schools are even in my mind right now," said Fua. "I don't know much about any of the schools that have offered me so far other than BYU, who I know a little bit about, but I'm just going to wait and see what happens and what offers I end up with."

Fua is a 6-foot-6, 210-pound defensive end/tight end prospect that starred alongside fellow BYU and Pac-10 recruit Zac Stout last season and will do so again this coming season. TBS spoke with Fua while he was riding in the same car as Stout in fact, as both players are good friends.

"We talk about playing together in college all the time," informed Fua. "We're good friends and it would be great to attend school and play with Zac in college."

Fua is also the younger brother of former Cougar recruit and current Stanford Cardinal Sione Fua. While most brothers relish the idea of playing together in college, it's quite the opposite for Fua.

"I actually want to play against Sione," said Fua. "I just think it would be a lot of fun to compete against him."

Fua spent most of his time playing defensive end last season while seeing a few reps at tight end. Currently Fua considers himself a defensive player and indicated to TBS that he wants to play for a school that has a good defense.

Fua is open to playing tight end, however, and every school recruiting him currently has talked to him about playing on the other side of the football.

"I'm probably going to play a little more tight end this year," said Fua. "Every school talks to me about playing either defensive end or tight end and to me I don't really have a preference right now."

For right now Fua is obviously pretty open with little criteria regarding the type of school he wants to play for, although he indicated that he'd prefer to stay close to home and play on the west coast.

Fua doesn't have any definite plans this summer to attend any particular camps, but is scheduled to attend BYU's Junior Day coming up next month.

"I like BYU and I like the coaches and facilities there," indicated Fua. "I like that they're a Mormon school, but like I said, I'm open to anything right now. I don't know anything about Oregon State or Hawaii yet or any other school who is recruiting me, so I want to take a look at every school first before I make any decision."

Fua is LDS but doesn't have definite mission plans currently. TBS will follow up with him following his trip to BYU's Junior Day.


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