JUCO OL Fonoti Talks About His Rutgers Visit

Cerritos College (Norwalk, Calif.) offensive lineman Fou Fonoti was boarding a plane to head home from his official visit to Rutgers, but gave ScarletReport.com some time to discuss his trip. He came east with UCLA and Michigan State high on his list, but what does it look like after spending 48 hours learning about the Scarlet Knights?

Cerritos College (Norwalk, Calif.) offensive tackle Fou Fonoti walked off the plane for his Rutgers visit ill-prepared for the cold weather and snow, and walked on the plan after the trip with his opinion of the school transformed.

Fonoti, a lifelong southern California resident and a 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive tackle, was blown away by his first trip to the east coast.

"When I think about a school, I can't really think about the distance if I really enjoy myself," he said. "This visit went pretty well. I'll go home and talk with my family. This visit just made my decision even harder."

Fonoti came to Rutgers with Michigan State and UCLA as the top two schools on his list. But after his 48-hour stint, Fonoti is adding a school.

"It's kind of hard, but I'm highly considering Rutgers now," he said. "Probably Michigan State, UCLA and Rutgers."

Fonoti was hosted by offensive tackle Devon Watkis.

"He showed me around the whole community," Fonoti said. "He showed me the best places to eat, I met some of the guys. We went to Times Square as a team, and that was the most exciting part. My neck starting hurting from looking up at the buildings.

"I really enjoyed myself. It was different. I really liked coach (Greg) Schiano. The whole atmosphere out here is a lot different than California. It's fast."

Fonoti spent plenty of time with Schiano about how he could fit into the Scarlet Knights' rebuilding of the offensive line.

"I'll have the opportunity of starting right away," he said. "I'll have to compete, but I'll have the opportunity of starting right away."

Fonoti is done with his official visits. Having previously tripped to Washington State, Arizona, Michigan State and UCLA, it is now contemplation time.

"I'm going to get home and talk it over with my family, and weigh out the pros and cons with everything, and then probably announce on signing day," he said. "I don't want to rush anything. I just need a little breathing room and just clear my head on things."

There was one potential piece of news during the weekend that could impact Fonoti's decision when it was reported Norm Chow was out at UCLA and will be going to Utah.

"I kind of expected it," Fonoti said. "I does (impact the decision) a little bit. I'm a little worried about the stability, but I just have to accept that's all part of the whole business of coaching."

Oh, and about the weather in the northeast? Fonoti said it didn't matter.

"I got off the plane with Nike slippers, and got outside and there was snow everywhere," he said. "That's probably the second time in my life I've seen snow. I came here with my school sweatshirt and a sweater underneath and I was still cold."

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