Local Two Way Lineman Is High on the Utes

Pleasant Grove linemen Brandon Fanaika has two offers and is looking for more from the local schools...

With his senior season on the horizon, Pleasant Grove (UT) Brandon Fanaika's recruitment is picking up with an offer from a Pac 12 power as well as a local school, and he's enjoying the process.

"It is going very good. I have offers from Stanford and Utah State right now. BYU and Utah have talked a lot about offering me and I'll be heading out to USC and Oregon this summer. I definitely get along really well with a lot of the schools I've been talking to."

The versatile linemen has the ability to play both sides of the ball and is being recruited as both an offensive lineman and a defensive tackle.

"This year I played a lot more offensive line than I did D-line. We needed offensive linemen this year, but next year I'll be playing both."

A tremendous student, Fanaika is making academics a priority when making his decision on where to attend school, but is weighing other factors as well.

"Education is important for sure. I had a 3.9 GPA in the first term and a 3.8 in the second term. I'm also looking at the environment and the coaches. I need to get along really well with them. The main thing though is education."

His familiarity with the program and the relationships he's built with the coaches has helped move the Utes to the top of Fanaika's list.

"I've been around Utah a lot and like what I've seen. I get along really well with Coach Hill. He's a really good guy, so Utah is definitely up there."

As has been the case with many Utah recruits, the move to the Pac 12 has definitely helped the Utes' cause in landing Fanaika's services.

"Good competition is a big thing for me and I definitely want to go against the best. Utah going to the Pac 10 and going against all of these power schools is a big plus."

While willing to look outside of his home state, being able to stay close to him may factor heavily in his final decision.

"Being close to family is a huge thing so staying close to my family is a big."

Despite the current offers and more likely on the way, Fainaka isn't in a rush to give a commitment.

"I probably won't make a decision until after my senior season. I want to get as many offers as a I can and then make a decision. I'll probably take all five visits if I get five offers."

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