Simi Fehoko made it a great weekend for the Stanford Football community when he announced his commitment to The Farm. In an article in the Salt Lake Tribune, The Brighton High School star in Utah made his decision public for the first time on Sunday.
"It feels awesome," Fehoko says of his decision. "It is a huge weight off my shoulders. Now that I have this whole process over, I can really focus on school and focus on my senior season."
The 4-star, 6-3, 183-pound wide receiver has had many offers and has been pursued by the best of the best. His top five schools included BYU, Michigan, Utah and Washington. Stanford was the winner though and it mostly came down to education.
"The number one thing I've been looking for is who has the best education. Stanford speaks for itself on that one," Fehoko says. "I feel like it is a 40-year decision rather than just a four-year. To get the education and to get out and really set yourself up for life."
Fehoko gathered his family at home and called Stanford coaches to tell them the news. He started with head coach David Shaw. He then called coaches Tavita Pritchard and Lance Anderson. Obviously all three with thrilled to receive those phone calls.
"I just told them I can't see myself playing at any other place then Stanford," Fehoko says with excitement in his voice.
The main reason Fehoko decided to announce during the summer is so he can concentrate on his senior season. But while the focus for now remains on being a 17-year old high school student, he and his other class of 2016 commits are already working on their bonding.
"I have actually had Stanford group messages going on with a couple of the guys like Clark Yarbrough, K.J. Costello and Curtis Robinson, all these big names that are committed to Stanford," Fehoko says. "I think it is good to really start these connections now, and friendship building so that when we do get there we will all be teammates and can play together and we'll all have that clicking. It is a great connection that we are building now and I think it's awesome!"
The group messages also include some other uncommitted big names that Fehoko and others hope will one day join him at the Farm. Fehoko says he's already working on that and they hound some of those big names every day.
For now though, with the big decision being made, it is time for Fehoko to enjoy the rest of his summer as he prepares for his final year of high school football. He has just one goal: Win a state championship.
"Last year we got close. we got to the semifinals where we ended up losing. We have been close the last three years. This year we really have the talent to take it. Looking around the state, there is a lot of talent. But I feel like we have a lot of people that can really make plays. What we are really looking for is that state championship ring and to win it for the school and the community."
Summer training has consisted of work outs and bonding. "Mostly we've just been hitting the weight room. We run together and really building those friendships and bonds between our team so we can really click when it comes around in the fall."
When Fehoko arrives at Stanford, off the field he'll be learning about computers and the tech world.
"I'm interested in going into computer science. I know Stanford has a great computer science school. It's the fastest growing major is what they told me when I was up there. They obviously have something good going. I think I can fit into that."
But for now, with a season looming and college a year off, Fehoko says he takes his mind off football by enjoying some hikes and going to the movies and just generally being a normal 17-year-old.
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UPDATE: Fehoko will be taking his Mormon Mission directly out of high school. He will be expected at Stanford in 2018
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