Pleasant Grove (UT) offensive lineman Brandon Fanaika is the top uncommitted player in the state for 2012 and has seen his recruitment intensify as we get closer to signing day.
"I'm starting to try to setup visits and see where I'm going to be going. There are a lot of schools that want me to visit, so I need to make a few decisions."
The big lineman was just invited to participate in the Offense/Defense All American Game on December 30th. Fanaika has decided to announce his decision at the game, the same game that cousin, and Utah prospect Jeremiah Poutasi, will be announcing his decision.
"I just was invited to attend the game, so that's exciting. It's a great honor. I think I'm going to make my announcement at that game."
Poutasi has indicated that he's a strong Utah lean, with most anticipating him picking the Utes. Fanaika has had the chance to play alongside his cousin in the past, will get to do it again at the all american game, and possibly again in the future.
"We were able to line up next to each other at camps over the summer, and will get the chance to do that again at the All American game. Being able to play with family is definitely a draw and something that I'd think hard about and would enjoy."
Even after he gets the announcement out of the way, Fanaika still plans on taking visits, something that each of the remaining schools have said is ok, even if he commits to them.
"All of the coaches said that they want me to take the visits and explore my options. I want to be able to experience the different schools and see what each has to offer. The official visit is what's going to be the deciding factor for me."
Those visits won't take place until January with Fanaika's schedule busy until then.
"Auburn recently offered so I'm going to try to go down there and visit, or maybe go to Arkansas. They haven't offered, but I want to visit at least one SEC school. I was supposed to visit Washington this weekend, but I'm going to take the ACT instead and then next weekend I'll be at my brother's bowl game (Fanaika's brother plays for Utah State)."
With all of the offers and interest, two Pac 12 schools seem to have taken the lead over others though.
"There are still a lot of schools that I'm talking to. I really like Stanford and Utah along with those SEC schools. Then there are some other schools like Utah State and BYU."
The draw of a Stanford education is often hard for a player to pass up, and Fanaika is no different.
The coach at Stanford said I'm qualified there and I really like their academics. It's a great school and I could see myself there."
As for the other school that is standing out, Fanaika has made multiple visits to Utah unofficially, but will still visit Salt Lake City in an official capacity at some point.
"I'm definitely still going to visit Utah. They're still one of my top schools and I love the coaches and the school. Coach Hill came by to my house and Coach Chow has been here as well. Coach Hill is coming by again soon. They're for sure getting one of my visits."
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