Top Hawaiian LB Has Top Five

Under Armour All American, V.J. Fehoko, has narrowed it down to five schools. One of the top prospects out of Hawaii in the 2010 class, Fehoko said he based the decisions merely "from the heart."...

"I have heartfelt reasons why I chose these five schools," said V.J. Fehoko, the 6-0, 211-pound linebacker prospect from Honolulu (Hawaii) Farrington.

According to Fehoko, it wasn't how big the program was, but how much each of the selected programs made an impact on him for the last three years.

"You know, I gave it a lot of thought. I received about 20 offers and they came from all over the nation," Fehoko said. "To be honest with all the colleges, it was time to share my top five before my season kicked off."

At last week's pre-season game against the Campbell Sabers, Fehoko logged 9 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 forced fumble. He said, "That's just the start, and I am going to keep true to my word; I am going to enjoy my season and not worry about recruiting."

Fehoko's top 5 include: Hawaii, Texas Tech, UCLA, Utah and Utah State.

These are Fehoko's reasons behind his choices:

-- Hawaii: "Well, the University of Hawaii has known me since I was a child. (Assistant Coach) Cal Lee told me when I was in 5th grade that he believed in me. That never left me. Also, Coach Rich Miano has taken the time to work with me in increasing my speed at Speed Camps. Most of all, I'd love to play in front of family."

-- Texas Tech is where Fehoko's older brother, Sam, is playing at middle linebacker. "My brother Sam is kinda like my mentor, he helps me academically as well as athletically."

-- UCLA: Family friend, Norm Chow, is familiar with the Fehoko family. "Coach Chow has known me since a sophomore and told me he was going to keep an eye on me. He believes in Polynesian Players."

-- Fehoko's cousin Kalani Sitake is the Defensive Coordinator for the University of Utah. "It would be great to have your cousin as the DC and position coach. Kalani is a close cousin and he has known me since I was a baby."

-- Utah State: "Yeah, I knew that people were going to ask why, so I say, why not? First of all Coach Chad (Utah State DL coach) coached me at camps since I was thrown in at the 8th grade in Moanalua. He and Coach Brian Derby always brought out the best in me at these camps. So, I am going to give them a fair shot."

Fehoko has been invited to three All-America Games, but has decided to play in the Under-Armour Game. Fehoko reiterated how he is thankful to God for his family guiding him thus far. He dedicates this season to his older brother Whitley.

"Whitley opened the doors for all us brothers to attend D-1. Although he cannot play football again, he is at my practices every day and gives me a coach's perspective from the offensive side of the ball," said Fehoko.

But VJ wanted to end his interview by saying" "Watch out for my baby brother Breiden. He is the best of all four brotheers, and don't say that I didn't tell you."


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