Fanua Stays Close to Home Chooses Cal

Milpitas (Calif.) linebacker Steve Fanua gave California a verbal commitment on Saturday afternoon after entertaining offers from Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Colorado, and Fresno State among others. The three-star standout is rated the 18th best MLB in the 2009 class according to…

Steve Fanua is one of the top prep inside backers in the nation. However, the California Golden Bears are recruiting him to play weak side backer in their 3-4 defensive scheme.

Fanua was originally scheduled to trip to Fresno State the weekend of December 6. Bulldog head coach Pat Hill made an in-home visit this past week, but Hill's flirtation with Washington job removed the possibility of visiting this week. Instead, Fanua took in the California-Washington on Saturday. It was after the game, when he gave his verbal commitment to the Cal coaching staff.

"I'm really excited," Fanua said about verbally committing to the Golden Bears after their 48-7 win over the Huskies.

He took an official visit to Cal back in October and since then he has favored Cal over his other suitors. Fanua decided to wait until the season was to make his decision. The proximity to home, so his family can see him play, and the Bears' style of play were major factors in his decision.

The 6-foot-1, 210 lb linebacker totaled over 200 tackles in 2007. This year, he amassed 131 tackles and 4 sacks leading Milpitas to a 9-2 record and a share of the De Anza Division title.

Cal loses standout senior linebackers Anthony Felder, Zack Follett, and Worrell Williams. With the switch to the 3-4 defense in 2008, the Bears defense is dependent on solid linebacker play. Fanua is second linebacker recruit to verbally to commit to Cal in the last week, and the second overall linebacker in the 2009 class.

Fanua hopes to earn a starting spot as a true freshman with his hard work and determination. He carries a 2.7 GPA. He scored a 1580 on the SAT. Top Stories