17 Arizona Commit Austin Faoliu Confirms MSU OV!
2017 Arizona Wildcat commit Austin Faoliu confirmed to Spartan Nation that he will take an official visit (OV) to Michigan State In January! Speaking to me on Friday, Faoliu (pronounced Fal-You) told me, “I will be making the trip to Michigan State after the Polynesian All American game. I can’t wait to visit.”
The Polynesian All American game is in its second year. This year’s game will be played on January 21, 2017 at Aloha Stadium in O’ahu, Hawaii.
Faoliu told me of his Spartan recruitment that he is hearing from both MSU DL Coach Ron Burton and head coach Mark Dantonio. While the young man has never been out of California in his life, that doesn’t hurt the chances of the Spartans. He says about the Michigan State chances being legitimate to get him to play here, “Yes, they do have a chance. I am open to whatever plan God has for my life.”
“They are a powerhouse program. Attention from them (MSU) really opens your eyes.” Taking a journey doesn’t bother Faoliu who said, “The journey doesn’t bother me at all. As a Christian you have to trust God that you are following his plan for your life.”
While the Spartans being a powerhouse Big Ten program certainly appeals to the young man, there are others things as well. “I am a Christian and a man of faith. That (his faith) matters a lot to me. I really like that about Coach Dantonio and Coach Burton that they share that same (faith) commitment as I do.”
The 6’4” 285# defensive tackle is very athletic. He can move with swiftness up and down the line and plays very well with his hands. In fact his biggest strength is his ability shed offensive lineman. He told Spartan Nation, “I think what I am doing best is being able to not just use my size, but to also use my hands to engage the offensive lineman before they can get ahold of me and shed the blockers. Getting my hands on the offensive lineman before they touch me.” I have to work on pushing them (OL) back more and not stomping my feet.”
The humble youngster was quick to put the recruiting process in perspective. “I am very appreciative of every school that has recruited me. It is an honor that a University is willing to give you a free education to come and play football for them. I appreciated and value every school that has offered me and recruited me. I am very thankful and blessed.”
Scout will be in Hawaii covering the Polynesian All American game and Spartan Nation will stay in touch with Faoliu to update you on his visit and recruitment.