U.S. Army All-American likes the Beavers

Kahuku defensive tackle Joseph Faifili is in San Antonio this week for the US Army All-American game, and he has not ruled out the possibility of announcing his decision on national T.V.

“They gave me the option to announce at the game on TV,” Faifili said. “But I’m not sure if I will.”

Right now BYU, Utah, Oregon St. and Colorado are his top four choices. All the schools have offered.

“I will visit Utah on Jan. 20th and BYU right before that,” Faifili said. “I’m trying to set up a visit to Oregon State, too. I like Oregon State because I know some guys on the team like Jeremy Perry and Al Afalava.

"I talked to Al and he said the Oregon State coaches really want me. Al likes it in Oregon, but said it is a long way from home.”

The 6-foot-3, 298-pound defensive lineman played his senior year in Hawaii, and was named first team all state. Besides Oregon State, BYU is making a strong push for Faifili and one of his teammates, B.J. Beatty.

“B.J. really likes BYU,” Faifili said. “His dad played there. We talk on the phone and it would be fun to play college with him.”

Early playing time is not a concern for Faifili, but a good academic program, excellent coaching and a hard working, winning team is important.

“I look for the type of coaching that a program has and the amount of people they have at the school,” he said. “Football wise, I know this might sound wrong, but the type of season they’ve had.

"I want to go to a school with a winning record and be apart of a winning program. There are teams with a lot of all-stars here and there, but I think it would be better to be on a team of all-stars.”

Faifili said he is qualified academically and runs 4.8 forty. He likes certain things about each school that is recruiting him and has mission plans.

“BYU is my base school,” Faifili said. “BYU is familiar to me and I’m comfortable with it. The same goes for Utah. I like Colorado because they looked at me first.”

Faifili indicated that the coaches like his size and that if he works hard he can contribute. Faifili recently moved from Hawaii back to Utah, and is living at home attending Granger High School.


More on Faifili: Started on the defensive line ever since his sophomore year in high school...moved to Utah because of his family...family prefers BYU due to family and friend connections at the university... New Mexico, UNLV, Arizona, Washington, and Utah State are a handful of other schools that have offered Faifili...the coaches like Faifili's physical, aggressive play on the line...is the first player from Hawaii to be selected to the US Army All-American Bowl...is on the fence for qualifying.

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