Pokes Pick Up Defensive Tackle Fua Leilua

Defensive tackle Fua Leilua of Snow Community College in Utah becomes the latest Oklahoma State commit after making his announcement on Wednesday.

Oklahoma State added a badly needed piece for next season in a versatile defensive lineman in Snow C.C., Utah starter Fua Leilua.

His full name is loane Ututua Leilua, but goes by Fua (pronounced Fuu-ah). The 6-3, 300-pound Leilua played in eight games this fall, his sophomore season, at Snow and finished with 28 tackles, primarily playing defensive tackle. He had 11 unassisted tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and an interception that he returned 15 yards. 

"I mainly played tackle, but I can play end too," Leilua said by phone. "I just try to be the most physical player on the field and do everything I can to help my team and help my teammates."

He added that he owes a lot of his success on the football field to wrestling as he was also a wrestler in high school at Sapnish Fork High School in Utah. Out of high school he went to Weber State and then transferred to Snow. 

As far as Oklahoma State, Leilua said he was recruited by defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements and director of player development Beni Tonga. He did say that Oklahoma State's interest in recruiting Polynesian players and the presence of Tonga in the program made a difference.

"They are one of the best schools in the Big 12 and the country and they are ranked number 11 (CFP poll), so I thought I better go ahead and commit," Leilua explained. "I haven't been there yet but I'm going to make my official visit in January."

Snow is not in a bowl game this season because of using an ineligible player this season. Leilua will focus on academics and will be out in May and will arrive at Oklahoma State in the summer. He becomes the 17th commitment in the Cowboys 2017 recruiting class.

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