"I'm very excited," Fonoti said by phone on Wednesday afternoon. "I thought about this a lot, and when I went on my visit it felt like home. Despite it being five hours away, if felt like the place where I belonged."
Not only did the 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive tackle enjoy learning more about the campus, his host made a great impression as well.
"Travis Jackson was my host on my official visit. He was great and all the other players I had the chance to speak with made me feel comfortable."
For Fonoti, the decision was not one he took lightly as the Spartans laid out their expectations for him.
"They want me to come in and be the starting left tackle next season. That will be a big transition because I have always played right, but I will be up for it as I was looking to go to a program and compete right away."
While he was happy with making his college decision, it was not all fun in doing so as he called the other programs he said no to.
"The whole process was hard and it was bitter sweet. This morning was hard as I called the other schools and thanked them for the opportunities they presented me with scholarship offers. I felt wrong telling them no, but I felt happy about going to Michigan State and am grateful for this great opportunity and have to thank them for giving it to me."
There was some talk about Fou having the Spartans ahead of others because of some family ties to the program. While Fou did take this into consideration, he wanted it known he did not select the Spartans because of his cousins Tupe and Domata Peko's past experience in the program.
"I did not commit because of them. I am trying to make a name for myself and I chose Michigan State because it was right for me.
Fonoti will have a chance to fill a void in the Spartans offense and comes to East Lansing with 23 games of experience at Cerritos College.