Faaopega ready for Oregon State Jr. Day

Union High School in Vancouver, Washington hasn’t traditionally been a hot spot for college coaches on the recruiting trail. That looks to change with Zion Faaopega.

Faaopega is a 6-foot 5-inch, 240-pound rush end hybrid whose recruitment seems to just be picking up some steam. Oregon State and defensive line/outside linebackers coach Chad Kauha’aha’a were the first program to take notice of the unranked prospect and a relationship has been built between the two.

“I don’t have an offer from OSU yet but I know that they’re very interested in me from conversations that I’ve had with Coach Chad. They like me as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker/rush end type player. I’ve really enjoyed getting to speak with Coach Chad. I’ve also gotten to speak with Coach Cookus,” Faaopega told BeaverBlitz.

Faaopega, who originally hails from American Samoa, has taken a liking to the strong Poly ties that are a part of the OSU program while also the resurgence of the northwest school. He recently took in a spring practice and is already starting to picture being back on campus.

“Corvallis is a beautiful place. It was my first college visit and we got to take in a practice. It really made me want to be down there, really everything about the visit made me want to back down there.”

With the festivities surrounding the spring game and junior day this weekend, Zion is looking forward to returning to campus. This time however, his parents will be joining him.

“Heading back down there this weekend," he said. "I’ll have my parents with me. So it’s an opportunity for all of us to see and talk with the coaches. We’re all very excited to get back down that and just getting to know the university and city more.”

In April, the Faaopega family is planning on taking a trip down to see Arizona State as his recruitment starts to pick up. More visits could be on the horizon as well as programs become more involved with his recruitment. 

BeaverBlitz will follow up with Zion Faaopega following his visit to Corvallis this weekend.

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