Fua to Visit BYU

His older brother Sione Fua was heavily recruited by the Cougar coaching staff, and now Alani Fua is receiving the same treatment. The Oaks Christian High School athlete is excited to learn more about BYU during it upcoming Junior Day on June 5.

Alani Fua has the potential to be – and for all intents purposes will be – an all-purpose athlete next season for his high school football team. The 6-foot-4-inch, 200-pound linebacker and tight end has the athleticism and body type the Cougar coaching staff is looking for. He also has an offer from the Cougars, in addition to offers from other universities.

"I have offers from BYU, Oregon State and Hawaii right now," Fua said. "I should be getting some more coming in right now. I've been hearing a lot from Arizona, Arizona State, Washington and Washington State. I don't really favor one over the other right now, and everything is pretty even right now. BYU is the one recruiting me the hardest though. In two weeks I'm going to go up to BYU for their Junior Day. That's going to be my first unofficial trip."

Fua is teammates with linebacker Zac Stout, who is also LDS and will also be in attendance for BYU's Junior Day.

"We haven't really talked much about the whole recruiting thing," Fua said about himself and Stout. "He seems really interested in BYU, and seems pretty excited about it. We're going to be going up to BYU's Junior Day together."

With an older brother who plays for Stanford, it's easy to see how Alani Fua would be more exposed to Pac-10 schools. It's easy to surmise that he's watched his big brother play against Pac-10 opponents, whether on television or in the Cardinal stadium. Fua readily admits he doesn't know much about BYU.

"I don't know a lot about BYU, but the coaches have told me some things about the school," Fua said. "I'm planning on majoring in something along the business line, and I know BYU has a really good business school. They're also a church school, so that's one thing that's different about them. I like BYU the most because I actually have a lot of family that live close. That's one good thing about it.

"I'm excited to go up there because I haven't had the chance to see the school firsthand. I think it will help to better understand what the school is about and have a different perspective, so I am excited to go up there and learn more and see the facilities and all that."

Fua currently plays linebacker at Oaks Christian. The tall Tongan has also received double duty as a tight end on the offensive side of the ball. That kind of versatility has not gone unnoticed by the Cougar coaching staff.

"The coaches [at BYU] have been telling me that I can play on either side of the ball," said Fua. "They told me that I could either play tight end or defensive end, but I would more likely be an outside linebacker."

At the current moment Fua isn't quite sure what position he would like to play at the next level. The coaches at Oaks Christian High School will make Fua the starting tight end this coming season, which will give him a better picture of what position he may want to play in college.

"I like hitting, but at the same time I like scoring touchdowns," said Fua. "Right now it's still kind of up in the air as far as what I would rather do. Last year I got quite a bit of playing time as a tight end, and this year I'll actually be starting, so I'll have more room to see what I like better. One reason why I like BYU is because they have a great tight end tradition there."

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