Will four-star JUCO commit sign with UofL?

Peni Fiuangaihetau is Louisville's only four-star commitment in the 2009 class. The talented Phoenix (AZ) College defensive tackle verbally committed to the Cardinals in December and was expected to sign a letter of intent on Wednesday. But a last minute snag could put Fiuangaihetau's signing in jeopardy.

Peni Fiuangaihetau's academic status is the concern, specifically whether or not he'll have enough credits by May to enroll at Louisville the following the month. As it stands now, Phoenix College recruiting coordinator Mark Meija doesn't expect the 6'2, 270-pound Fiuangaihetau to sign with Louisville on National Signing Day.

"Right now we're trying to work on his classes and the whole situation with his percentages because he's got to meet certain percentage requirements," Mejia said. "So we're trying to get that done.

"He was going to sign with Louisville but I don't know what's going to happen between today and tomorrow. They were worried about him being able to make it (academically). We've got to see if that's going to be possible. The big deal is if he can get done by May because they want him there in June. I don't foresee that being a problem but we're waiting to see if they accept some credits from another institution. If they do I think he'll be in good shape."

Meijia said Louisville has not sent Fiuangaihetau a National Letter of Intent to sign. "Usually they send it by the day before," Mejia said. "I don't anticipate getting one to be honest."

Meijia said the Cardinals called on Monday to check on Fiuangaihetau's status. "They were trying to finalize what he could transfer in to meet the requirements to get in to (UofL)," Mejia said. "We were just trying to crunch some last-minute numbers to see if he can get all the necessary required hours for him to get in there. He's fairly close."

If he doesn't sign tomorrow, Mejia didn't know if the Cardinals would hold a scholarship for his standout lineman.

"He could sign at a later date but it's 50/50 it could be a new situation," Mejia said.


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