Fanaika Plans To Camp In Eugene

A standout in the trenches along the offensive and defensive line, Pleasant Grove (UT) four-star offensive lineman Brandon Fanaika tells eDuck that he plans to make Eugene and the University of Oregon a part of his camp plans this summer.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"I don't."

What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started for you?

"I talked to coach (Steve) Greatwood the offensive line coach there a couple of times. He's my friend on Facebook and I've written him a couple of times, but I don't think he has time to respond. They send me a lot of letters and a lot of updates and e-mails and stuff like that."

How often would you say that you're in contact with coach Greatwood?

"Well lately, I haven't talked to him at all. I've called him a couple of times, but I don't think he's been able to pick up. I think the last time I talked to him was a couple of weeks ago."

Is coach Greatwood the only coach from Oregon that you've been in contact with?

"Yeah, coach Greatwood. He's been the only one."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"At this point, interest wise, I'm very interested. I know Ricky Heimuli is up there and I talk to him a lot about it and about school and stuff and he said he loves it up there. The football program is obviously one of the best, so I think that being able to play for Oregon would just be an honor. Interest wise, they are really big with me."

Have you taken any unofficial visits to Oregon or been to any camps there?

"I haven't. I haven't been up there yet, but I've seen a bunch of pictures and everything and it definitely looks like a beautiful place. I've seen their facilites through videos and stuff like that. It's definitely a beautiful place and it's definitely been treated well. I'm planning on going up there sometime during the summer to check it out just a little bit more."

In your conversations with coach Greatwood, has he discussed whether they like you at offensive line or defensive line?

"Yeah, he's told me a couple of times that he could really use me on the offensive line to get after things. I know that a lot of things happen once you get to college and your body starts changing...I'll be happy just to play anywhere, but he told me that they could really use some offensive line but it's honestly wherever they need me and I'll play there."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"Being able to play both ways, it really gives me an idea of what the person across from me is thinking and it gives me a lot of advantages, playing both ways and knowing both sides of the ball. That's the biggest thing. Also, being really physical and growing up with football and it always being a physical sport, I try to emphasize being physical in football. I (also) grew up playing basketball and baseball, so coordination and footwork is something I'm familiar with. I'm definitely blessed, but I just try to use the attributes that I have been given."

Is there a guy at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after at all?

"Yeah my older cousin (Paul Fanaika), he's on the Redskins right now. I also watch Haloti Ngata play. I've always tried to make my work ethic as close to his as I can. He works for everything he's been given."

What are you looking for in a program?

"Education is a pretty big thing. Also the environment and just being able to be surrounded by great people and a great environment where everyone kind of looks out for you and stuff like that."

Have given any thought as to what you might want to study when you get to college?

"I was thinking somewhere along the lines of law or engineering. I haven't really decided...they're kind of completely different."

What are some of the offers that you currently have from other programs?

"Right now I have six. I have Utah, Utah State, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington and Stanford."

At this point, do you have a top list out of schools that have or have not offered?

"A little bit. I'm not really too sure. Utah and BYU, they're up there, Stanford, Oregon and USC and UCLA. Somewhere around there are my favorites, but I'm not too sure."

As far as camps and unofficial visits go, do you have any planned over the next few months?

"I went to Utah's Junior Day and Stanford's Junior Day. I couldn't make it out to USC's Junior Day, but I plan going out to a camp at USC and a camp up at Oregon and we're still trying to decide whether I'm going to the Nike camp up at Stanford on the 14th."

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