2006: Lineman Sione Fua

One of the best linemen in Southern California in the high school junior class is 6-3, 290-pound <b>Sione Fua</b>. A great student, Fua attended UCLA's Junior Day...

Not since former UCLA All-American and NFL safety Shaun Williams has Encino (Calif.) Crespi had a national prospect on the level of junior defensive tackle Sione Fua (6-3, 290).

In fact, two of UCLA's finest players were Crespi alums in Williams and offensive lineman Randy Cross.

The Bruins will be back on Crespi's campus trying to get Fua to follow in those footsteps. The highly touted two-way lineman is one of the best in the west, and after attending UCLA's Junior Day earlier this month, the Bruins have made a strong impression on Fua.

"I had a really good time. I was very impressed with the coaches, the facilities, how the campus was laid out," said Fua. "It was a really good trip and I really like UCLA."

Fua is hearing from several schools as both an offensive and defensive lineman, with the Bruins specifically offering him as a defensive tackle.

"They offered me before Junior Day, and then talked with me about it then," said Fua. "I spent most of my time with coach (Tom) Cable. He is a really straight-forward, honest guy. He wants you to not just be a good athlete, but a good student, too. Coach (Karl) Dorrell, I was impressed with him, too. He was calm and collected and really studious."

Fua has offers from Arizona and Boston College, along with the one from UCLA. He is also hearing from most of the Pac-10, as well as Miami, Nebraska and Harvard.

When it comes to making a college decision, Fua said he'd like to get it over with fairly quickly, approximately by the conclusion of Crespi's spring practice. "I'm going to take my time this spring, but I'd like to have it made by after spring practice," said Fua.

He will attend the Nike Camp at Stanford in May, camps at Cal and USC and possibly some east coast camps.

A strong student, Fua maintains a 4.0 GPA and took the SAT last Saturday.


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