By Andrew Gorringe
The Pututau’s and the Ute football program were well aware of each other long before Fua committed to the Utes on national signing day, as Fua’s older brother Howard was a part of the 2014 Ute recruiting class, and is returning from an LDS mission this coming Summer. Fua’s recruitment went a little different than older brother’s though, as Fua pulled in offers from Utah, BYU, Oregon State, Colorado, Utah State, Boise State, Washington and Washington State. Fua’s recruitment was another that was pretty quiet from the beginning, but after a coaching staff change down at BYU, it ultimately came down to the Utes and Cougars for Pututau’s commitment. Fua was largely viewed as a Utah lean for most of his recruitment, and that proved to be true when he committed in front of family, friend and schoolmates on national signing day.
As a junior, Pututau was one of the more dominant players in the state of Utah, which led to the flurry of offers during the spring of 2015, and he followed that up with a good senior year as well. He finished 2015 with 54 tackles, 4 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries. Pututau isn’t the most impressive player physically (6’2-230lbs), but he is quick, aggressive and versatile. He has the ability to put his hand in the dirt and rush the passer, drop back in coverage, and also plug up holes in the middle. He played all over the field for Cottonwood High School, and could likely play a similar role in the future, having the ability to play LB, DE or even DT with enough weight gain.
Like his older brother, Fua will be serving a two year LDS mission straight out of high school and will then join the Utes in the summer of 2018. As mentioned, it’s a little unclear at this time which position Fua will play for the Utes, as a lot will depend on how his body transforms over during his mission, but he has the ability to be a dynamic defender for the Utes.