HAYWARD, Calif. -- There weren't many defensive linemen better than Breiden Fehoko on Sunday at the NFTC event at Chabot College in Hayward, Calif., but the big Hawaiian didn't take home the MVP. That honor belonged to the beastly Kahlil McKenzie of Concord (Calif.) De La Salle.
It's been a year since Fehoko last came to the Bay Area and checked out the California campus, but while he said that he's "100-percent" committed to Texas Tech, he did pay another visit to Berkeley this time around.
"I actually had a few teammates here, from Farrington, a couple of underclassmen, and with them not being on the radar yet, they don't know any coaches, so they said they want to come visit the colleges, so I said, ‘OK, that's no problem,' so I took them out there to Cal, and they loved it, because Cal is such a great place, academic-wise, and facility-wise, it's over the top," Fehoko said.
Though he is currently committed to the Red Raiders, the Bears did have a pair of former Tech coaches on hand to give their pitch to the four-star defensive lineman, in the persons of Fred Tate and Art Kaufman.
"Right now, as of now, I'm committed to Tech, but, because of college football, and how long it is, throughout the year, I have to keep my options open," Fehoko said. "You never know when coaches might lose their job, or teams might go on and have a losing season. Everything is a factor, and right now, I'm 100 to Tech, but like I said, worse comes to worst, I've got to keep my options open."
Those options include Cal, and the new defensive staff.
"Coach Tate, I got to talk with him, and he was at Tech before, during the Tubberville era, and it was such a great experience, with him," Fehoko said. "Being with him, we talked football. We just talked football: What they see me playing and all that stuff, same old stuff."
Fehoko's primary recruiter last year was former defensive coordinator Andy Buh, and this time around, he got acquainted with Buh's replacement.
"Coach Kaufman, he's a great guy," Fehoko said. "He's down to business. I took my family in there with him, and they met him. He's just talking about how I fit into their scheme, how I can excel in their scheme, and overall, that they want me at Cal.
"From coach Buh to coach Kaufman, they both have their positives, they both have their ways of how they run defenses, and like college football is, you have to learn to adjust, because when you get to the NFL, it doesn't matter where you go or where you get your shot; just make the best of it."
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