Simi Fehoko had every excuse in the world not to show up on Sunday for the Pylon 7v7 tournament in Las Vegas. On Saturday, Fehoko and the Brighton Bengals lost in heartbreaking fashion in the Utah 5A basketball championship. Yet, Fehoko quickly shifted his attention to football and made the 6 hour drive down to Vegas.
"The loss was obviously tough," Fehoko shared. "We made a great run to the championship game and losing in the last seconds really hurts. There is nothing you can do about it now. I have to move on and focus on my off-season and becoming a better football player. Last year was huge for me here at the Pylon tournament, so I came back out hoping to win some games and to get ready for a big spring and summer."
Fehoko's team was actually knocked out after only one game on Sunday, but the four-star receiver still managed to prove why he is one of the best athletes out West in 2016.
"It's a bummer that we lost so early, but again there's really nothing you can do about it," Fehoko claimed. "I'm happy I got to compete. It felt good playing football again and I'm ready to get after this off-season. I'll do All-Poly this summer, I've never done it, so I feel like it's something worth trying out. I'm also planning to go to the Nike Combine in Oakland and I'll be checking out Stanford next month. Nothing else is planned right now, but I'm sure we'll take a few trips after discussing everything."
"Obviously, schools are jumping out, but I am just trying to keep an open mind and go through the process," Fehoko explained. "Like I've said in the past, academics are number one for me. School will always come first for me, football is second. There really isn't much of a sliding scale there. I want to win football games, compete, and be a part of something special, but all of that comes after my education."
"That Stanford offer is a big one for me. They have a great blend of academics and a strong football program. I really like the coaching staff and am looking forward to my trip in early April. Washington is also a school I am high on right now. I went up to their JR Day last month and really liked it up there. Coach Pete is one of the best coaches out there and the whole staff is awesome. You can tell they are building up there. Out of the in-state schools, I really like the Utah State coaching staff a lot. BYU has been recruiting me the hardest and I have a great relationship with them. Utah has also been making a push lately and I had a good visit with them two weeks ago."
There is no time table for Fehoko's decision, but he plans to take the majority of his visits, before announcing.
"If a school feels like the perfect fit, I don't see any reason why I should drag this out," Fehoko said. "But, I want to do my homework on all these schools, check out campuses, get a feel for what each program has to offer. I am planning to take all of my officials, but we'll see what happens."
"Today definitely provided me with some new schools that I need to do some research on. I know that the Michigan offer is a big one. They have a great program and the education is top notch, like Stanford. I've been hearing from Coach Long and ASU for a while, so I am interested in the Sun Devils too. Outside of the programs that have offered me, USC, UCLA, and most recently Oregon have been showing me some love. Coach Lubick has been in contact with me a lot recently, so that's been exciting."
Watching Fehoko over the past few years, it is easy to see what the draw is. At 6-4 185 pounds, Fehoko is about as long and explosive as they come. The four-star glides across the field and often times bails the quarterback out, with his huge catch-radius. He high points the ball at an elite level and has a knack for making acrobatic catches.
To say Fehoko was dominant in 2014 would be an understatement. The wiry wide receiver was arguably the most dominate athlete in Utah this past season. Hauling in 65 receptions for 1,644 yards and 24 touchdowns, the talented junior smashed a number of state records. He also chipped in 28 tackles and 3 interceptions playing free safety for the Brighton Bengals. The scary part is the four-star athlete is just scratching the surface of his ability.
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