Electric Atmosphere

"Cal has a great education and I like coach Jeff Tedford a lot," Steven Fanua said. "He's a real straightforward and honest guy and that's what I'm looking for in a coach." Fanua also attended the Bears home opener on Aug. 31 against Michigan State. "That was a great game. The stadium got really loud and the fans were totally into it. They played hard and the atmosphere was electric..."

Steven Fanua, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound three-star middle linebacker from Milpitas, Calif., has gotten a new scholarship offer from Hawaii and the Warriors have made his top five, however his favorite is still California.

He favors the Bears slightly over No. 11 BYU, Colorado, Arizona State, Hawaii and No. 25 Fresno State. All of his favorites have offered.

Fanua, ranked as the No. 18 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, has an official visit scheduled to Cal for Oct. 4. "Cal has a great education and I like coach Jeff Tedford a lot. He's a real straightforward and honest guy and that's what I'm looking for in a coach."

He also attended the Bears home opener on Aug. 31 against Michigan State. "That was a great game," he said. "The stadium got really loud and the fans were totally into it. They played hard and the atmosphere was electric.

"They are 2-1 right now and I think the loss to Maryland was a fluke," he said.

The only other official visit he has scheduled is to BYU on Jan. 10. "I really like how well BYU is doing," he said. "I've been impressed with how they just keep moving up in the BCS and people are finally looking at the program."

Another program that has impressed Fanua this season is Colorado. "I really like linebackers coach, Brian Cabral," he said. "I talked to him and he was saying how he thinks I'd be able to fit in there. I like their philosophy on defense and how they are about learning and improving. If you're ready to learn, they are ready to teach."

Besides Cal and BYU, the only other school in his top five that he's already visited is Arizona State. "I really expected them to be better this season," Fanua said of the Sun Devils. "I know they've lost two games already, but I didn't get to see much of the Georgia game so I'm not sure how they looked."

Don't expect Fanua to make a decision anytime soon. "I really want to talk to the players and see what their experience was like," he said.

"I want to feel comfortable and get a feel for what it would be like to go there. I also want to talk to the coaches and see if I like them and have a good relationship with them." Fanua says he wants to major in sports medicine and reports a 2.7 core GPA and a 1580 SAT.

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