Saturday was a great day to be a Beaver! Gary Andersen led his Oregon State program to a long overdue victory over their most heated rival, the University of Oregon Ducks. He did so in front of the largest group of recruits he's hosted on campus at once, since arriving in Corvallis in December of 2014.
One of those athletes on hand was Lorenzo Fauatea, a defensive end out of West Valley City, Utah. Fauatea has been committed to the Beavers since late September but this was the first time he had been able to take in Corvallis and he left Sunday more than impressed.
“It was a great time all around. My parents and I had a great time. Everything about the visit was just amazing! It was definitely everything the coaches had told me about and then some,” Fauatea told BeaverBlitz. He continued, “Corvallis is a great college town, I believe it truly is the best college town not just in the Pac-12 but anywhere. Everything was just live with people out and about, going crazy before the game, during and after it. It was amazing.”
Hands down the highlight of Lorenzo’s trip was the Civil War game and ensuing victory over the Oregon Ducks. While the weekend was jammed filled with activities and things to see around campus, the atmosphere surrounding the game and the support of Beaver Nation was something that caught him a bit off guard.
“The fans’ support of their program was something that definitely opened my eyes. They made that place crazy during the game, and things only went to another level when it started raining. The other thing that was surprising was the family feel that envelops the locker room. I mean they (the coaches) can tell you all about it, but until you actually witness it all, it’s something else.”
The family feel was evident from the beginning as his host, and former teammate at Hunter High School, Beavers’ tight end Noah Togiai, greeted Fauatea. Togiai, along with other players of Polynesian heritage, made Lorenzo feel at home throughout his visit as they spent a good amount of time together.
With his Oregon State visit behind him, the Beavers commit does still plan on taking a handful of other visits over the next two months. Utah, Brigham Young and Utah State will all host the 6-foot-4 260 pounder before Lorenzo plans on making a final decision on where he will sign on Signing Day. But college coaches will have to wait a couple years before he arrives on campus as he plans on serving his LDS mission after his senior year concludes.
BeaverBlitz will check back in with Lorenzo as signing day approaches.null