"Everything I Want…"

Encino, Calif., defensive tackle/offensive lineman Sione Fua (6-2, 290, 4.9) said he is "holding out" for a school that has not yet offered.

"USC has been in contact with me off and on," said Fua, of Crespi High School. "I think they might be a little worried about my being Mormon and having to go on mission for two years after my freshman year.

"Coach Pete Carroll likes his freshmen to come in and compete for a starting position, and I don't think they would like it if I did that and then left for two years. I respect their decision, but it would definitely be nice to be offered by them. They haven't come right out and said that, but it's the feeling I am getting.

"When you go (visit) there you get an energy. The coaches are great and they get the players pumped up and ready to play. There's a lot of tradition there. Southern Cal is close to home and is just great all-around. It offers everything I want," he explained.

"Cal, UCLA and Stanford are others I am looking at. I am mostly focusing on California schools because I would like to stay closer to home -- my parents could see my games. I have been on a lot of unofficials (visits) in the state, so I am probably going to use the officials to check out the schools out of state. I haven't really seen much of the out-of-state schools. I am going to talk it over with my parents and decide which schools I will take officials visits to. I will start making trips after my season.

"Some of the ones I am considering out of state are the Oregon schools -- Oregon and Oregon State -- the Arizona schools -- Arizona and Arizona State -- and Notre Dame (all but Notre Dame have offered).

"Notre Dame might offer; they are really interested. It's a great school with a great football program. If they did offer, I would definitely take a serious look at them even though they are out of state. It would be such a great opportunity, I would have to at least go check it out," he explained.

"My cousin, Marvin Philip, is the starting center for Cal and he has told me a lot of great things about the school and the program. They have good coaches, and it's a great place.

"Stanford is another top program. They are the Harvard of the West Coast with great academics and a good football program. I am in the application process with them and they want my SAT score up, so I will have to wait and see how that process goes," Fua said. He reports a 4.0 GPA with a first-time 1510 SAT and an unreported October retake.

"I am looking for a place where I can play right away -- maybe a starting position my first year. I want to be on a good winning team or a team that is coming up. I want to be in a program that will allow me to do my mission for two years and come back and get in my groove again.

"All schools are telling me that I could decide the position I am going to play. I can choose which position I end up playing after the season -- either defensive tackle or offensive line," he said.

Fua sustained a high ankle sprain in the third game of the season and has seen play in the last two games for Crespi, but reports that the coaches have "eased (my) coming back."

He said, "This week is the first time I will be playing both ways like I used to before getting hurt. I am 100 percent now."

Crespi (4-3) will play Serra (Gardena) in a home game Oct. 28.

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