Simi Fehoko had a solid sophomore year, displaying his big play ability at wide receiver and ball hawking ability at safety. Statistically, Fehoko averaged 30 yards per reception and also recorded 6 interceptions for a very good Brighton team. Yet, the offense belonged to Osa Masina and the lanky sophomore was often lost in the mix.
Scout predicted 2014 would be a breakout year for Fehoko, after seeing him tear up the Pylon 7 on 7 tournament in Las Vegas. That may have been a bit of an understandment.
"I knew I couldn't be content with where I was at last year," Fehoko explained. "I dedicated my spring and summer to getting better and put in a lot of work. Me and Robbie Hutchins spent a lot of time perfecting our timing and mastering our chemistry. It really paid off for us. We knew that we were going to have a big season, but we didn't know it was going to break state records."
Fehoko was Brighton's best offensive weapon, hauling in 65 receptions for 1,644 yards (25 ypc). Fehoko found the end zone 24 times, including 8 games with multiple touchdowns. The only two games he didn't score were games played in bad weather, both being delayed multiple times. The 6-4 180 pound receiver finished 14th nationally in receiving yards and 5th in touchdowns. He also recorded 28 tackles and 4 interceptions on defense.
"It was a tremendous season," Fehoko stated. "I had a lot of fun, but I am still hungry. We fell short of our goal of making another state championship, so next year, it is my job to help lead us there. I need to hit the weight room hard this offseason and put on some good size. I am definitely on the skinny side right now. I also want to improve my route running and fundamentals, in general. 10-2 was a great season and we had a lot of fun, but anything short of the championship next year will be a disappointment."
"I love the schools that I have offers from," Fehoko claimed. "I am definitely high on BYU. Religion is an important thing to me and so being down in Provo is definitely a big draw. Right now, the Cougars are at the top of my list, with a few other schools."
Fehoko is going to check out a few of those schools this weekend.
"My family and I are headed out to LA this weekend to see the UCLA and USC games," Fehoko said. "Both schools are recruiting me pretty hard and have my full attention. Academics are huge for me, and both LA schools offer a great combination of football and a solid education. I'm also excited to see Stanford. They are another school I am really high on. Getting a degree from Stanford sets you up for life, so I am hoping to work towards a scholarship from them. Notre Dame is also another school that has reached out to me this fall. Really, I have an interest in all four of the schools that I will be seeing this weekend, but UCLA and USC are the schools I am really focusing on, since I will be at their place."
Fehoko is a balanced prospect, he does as well in the classroom as he does on the football field. He has an idea of what he is looking for at the next level.
"Like I said, academics are really important to me and my family," Fehoko stated. "I really want a good football program that has a meaningful degree, where I can be comfortable. Ideally, I want to end up playing receiver, but am open to playing whatever. My genes make it a little hard to predict. I have an uncle that went on a mission, and literally grew 7 inches and added 40 pounds, so who knows. Whatever my team and coaches need me to play, that's where I'll be playing. I am not attached to being a receiver."
To this point, Fehoko plays football with a lot of similarities to Nate Orchard. When Nate (Fakahafua) was at Highland High School, he was a lanky receiver that glided around the field, high pointing the ball no matter how many defenders were around him. Fehoko may not have the physicality that Orchard possesses, but that explosiveness and athleticism paired with the freakish length is nearly identical. The 2016 four-star could realistically end up playing receiver, tight end, free safety, outside linebacker, and potentially even defensive end, like Orchard. He has the tools to be an exciting player for years to come, no matter what his body does.
Photos courtesy of Big Al Bornholdt