Fiuangaihetau commits?

Louisville needs immediate help next season on the defensive line and the Cardinals might have received some good news Monday from Phoenix College tackle Peni Fiuangaihetau. Did the 6-foot-2, 270-pound junior college standout verbally commit to Cardinal coach Steve Kragthorpe on Monday?

With three defensive lineman graduating, including starting defensive tackles Earl Heyman and Adrian Grady, Peni Fiuangaihetau would have an opportunity for lots of playing time next season at Louisville.

"I heard he committed from my head coach (Land Jacobson) but I haven't heard anything from Peni yet," Phoenix assistant Mark Meija said Monday. "He (Jacobson) got a call from Coach (Steve) Kragthorpe - those two are good friends and have known each other for a while - and he told him they had talked to Peni and it sounded like he was giving them a verbal commitment and wanted to come there."

Meija said Fiuangaihetau was planning to make some other visits next month after the holiday.

"He was looking to take another trip in January to Wyoming but I don't know how much he wants to do that," said Meija.

After visiting Louisville last month, Fiuangaihetau named the Cardinals the leader in his recruitment. He also considered California, Utah and Oregon, and recently visited the Golden Bears.

"It was wonderful. It was real nice out there," Fiuangaihetau said of his visit to Louisville. "The people were all nice and down to earth in Louisville. I really liked their coaching staff, mostly their defensive coaching staff. They're going to do something special in the future with that coaching staff because they've got a good defensive coaching staff. I think I might just go there because I think they can improve me as a person and as an athlete."

Fiuangaihetau originally signed with Weber State before heading to Phoenix. He'll graduate in May and have two years of remaining eligibility.

"He's a two-time all-conference, all-region player. He's real quick off the ball and he's been a dominant interior guy for us," Meija said. "He's really good with his hands, plays with good leverage—explosive. He's a little bit undersized heighth-wise but he's a tough kid. He can play on the edge but most teams are looking at him as an interior guy.

"Peni is an undersized guy that somebody is going to get a steal with. He dominates one on one blocks so well because he's so quick off the ball." was unable to contact Fiuangaihetau Monday to confirm his commitment to Louisville.

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