Herriman defensive end Leki Fotu sets visit to USC

Herriman (Utah) defensive end Leki Fotu made the most of his senior season with 82 tackles, 19 for losses and 9.5 sacks.

Herriman (Utah) defensive end Leki Fotu didn’t play high school football last season after moving from San Leandro (Calif.) to Utah.

Fotu thought he may never get a legitimate look from a D-I college as a football player with rugby being his first sport growing up. Today, Fotu not only holds a scholarship offer from Utah, but a commitment as well.

This weekend, USC gave Fotu another option for college with a scholarship offer.

“It’s been blessing with schools coming in and reaching out to me,” said Fotu. “It's huge for me and my family. I love it, and I really appreciate it.

“I had no idea a top college like USC would be reaching out to me. I just tried to play football and play my best. I’m really grateful for that offer.

“Growing up, I always heard about USC and how good they were, so I’m still in shock. I’m sort of speechless about it all. Coach (Peter) Sirmon offered me, and I believe they see me as a defensive lineman.”

Fotu knows USC as a brand name, but not as a school. Thus, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound three star will officially visit USC in January.

“Coach Sirmon came out to one of my basketball games three of four weeks ago,” said Fotu. “We started talking then and he scheduled an official visit for Jan. 22. I believe my mom, dad and family will be up there for that weekend to see the school.

Fotu knows exactly who he wants to talk to and what he wants to learn about on his trip to USC.

“I want to talk to the freshmen,” said Fotu. “I want to talk to them about their experiences at USC and how it was to commit there out of high school.

“I want to talk to them about how college life is. I think staying with the freshmen out there will give me a good example of what to expect from USC -- how the school treats them, the program and the education.”

After Sirmon, USC's linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator, visited Herriman to watch Fotu play basketball, Sirmon's opinion of Fotu as a player skyrocketed.

“He said I have a really good chance of coming in and playing as a freshman,” said Fotu. “He even said that I could compete for a starting spot.”

However, Fotu’s interest in USC does not equate to diminished interest in Utah.

“The thing I like about Utah is that the coaches have a good bond with Polynesian people,” said Fotu. “They understand us and have a good relationship with the community.

“I’ve been going to their football games and I see they have great chemistry with the Polynesian people. I really like the program there.”

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