ATH Prospect Sekeli Faaeteete

Spending the spring in Samoa didn't keep college coaches from recruiting <b>Sekeli Faaeteete</b> from San Leandro. He has Pac-10 scholarship offers, and has a list of three favorites, two of which he'll visit today unofficially...

San Leandro (Calif.) High's running back/linebacker prospect Sekeli Faaeteete, 6-1, 212, had an interesting spring semester, which kept him in shape for football season, while also allowing for some cultural experience.

"I just got back from Samoa last week," said Faaeteete. "I spent the spring there playing rugby, and going to school there. That's where I am originally from, so it was good for me to spend some time in my culture."

While most high school students spend their spring preparing for their summer, Faaeteete spent it getting ready for his future. "Playing rugby helped me get ready for football, staying in shape. We were the champions this season. Going there also kept me away from all of the hassles here. I feel more in shape now this time of year than I usually do."

One of the more versatile players in Northern California, Faaeteete has been known by college programs for a couple of years. He's made the Cal-Hi All-Underclass team for two years in a row, and as a junior rushed for 800 yards and 12 touchdowns while on defense totaled 87 tackles and 8 sacks. On film, he's explosive and aggressive on both sides of the ball.

So, even being away this spring in Samoa, he's still been hearing from programs across the country, and in the west he's been offered by UCLA, USC, Oregon and Oregon State. In addition to those fouor, he is also hearing primarily from Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Texas, Cal and Stanford. "But my top three are Oregon, USC and UCLA," he said.

And when it comes to his versatility, it's very much reflected in the how the different schools are recruiting him. He said that Oregon is recruiting him as a linebacker, USC as a defensive back and UCLA as a fullback.

UCLA assistant Eric Bieniemy is assigned to recruiting Faaeteete and the athlete also said he's been impressed with Head Coach Karl Dorrell so far. "Coach Bieniemy is pretty cool and very easy to talk to. I like him a lot. And Coach Dorrell is very down-to-Earth."

Faaeteete comes from the same high school program as Bruin safety Jarrad Page. When asked if he's in touch with Page at all, Faaeteete said, "I haven't really talked a whole lot with Jarrad about going down there, but I know he enjoys it and had a real good season."

Faaeteete will be in Southern California today with his high school coach to visit both UCLA and USC.

When asked if he had five schools he'd like to visit officially, Faaeteete said, "UCLA, USC, Oregon, Utah and Texas A&M. I want to take my visits there."

During games, Faaeteete has been known to play with what looks like a tattoo on his face, "but that's just face paint," he said. "It's a Samoan tradition to paint your face before battle, so I do that to respect my culture."

He has no qualms about leaving home for school, and actually would prefer it. He said his mom has no problem with him leaving the Bay Area. "She wants to just make sure I go to college, and pick the right one. I don't think I will make an early decision, because I want to make sure that I have time to think about my decision. So, I'll probably take all of my offiicial visits."

Faaeteete has a 3.3 GPA and will take the SAT in the fall.

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