Sekeli goes public with commitment

Even he though he denied making a decision just a week ago, it always seemed inevitable that San Leandro (Calif.) athlete Sekeli Faaeteete would eventually commit to USC. It became official last night when Faaeteete informed the Trojan staff he was coming and would not be taking any other official visits.

"I didn't realize it but I guess he did actually commit to them a week ago," San Leandro head coach Brad Bowers said. "He wanted it to be quiet and didn't even tell me. He wanted to take his trips but it got out. He's fine with it though, he's just happy to be a Trojan. We took him down to USC in the summer on an unofficial visit and he loved it there and really liked Coach Pola.

"I know his relationship with Coach Pola was a factor in his decision but really, it was the whole package that USC provides. It's a great school and when he went down there, he got to meet some of the players and they hit it off as well. Like I said, he's excited and is actually thinking about graduating early and enrolling in January. All he needs to do is take one night class and he'll be able to do it so that's something he's considering."

Faaeteete, 6-2, 210 pounds is our top rated fullback prospect and would be rated as our No. 1 or 2 linebacker in the region as well if we chose to rank with the 'backers. He was recruited by the Trojans to play fullback and is talented enough to play early in his career. He's an incredible talent and regarded by many at San Leandro as the best prospect the school has produced.

Coming in to this season, the Pirates had only lost three games in the last three years, all to Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, the nation's top program, in the section championship game. This year, San Leandro is a surprising 1-4 due largely to an injury to Faaeteete that has caused him to miss much of the season.

"Sekeli hurt his hamstring in the pre-season and never told anyone because he didn't want to miss any time," Coach Bowers said. "He's one of those kids that just loves to play and goes 100 MPH every time out so it wasn't healing right. If we had treated it right away, he would have been fine by now so I think he learned a lesson out of all this. He missed two games all together and has had to come out early in the other two we've played. He's looking good now though and is close to 100%. We all can't wait to get him back because he's the focal point of our team and I'm sure I'll look a lot smarter when he's on the field full time so I'm excited too." Top Stories