Fanaika has his eye on the Dawgs

Washington continues to scour the country for the best line prospects available and one that they offered relatively recently is Pleasant Grove (Ut.) OL/DL Brandon Fanaika. spoke to the talented two-way lineman recently and he filled us in on things including when he plans to take a trip to Montlake...

"Honestly, I'm still getting to know Washington and what they have to offer," Fanaika admitted. "They have been recruiting me for a while, but it was just recently that my coach told me that I needed to call coach (Johnny) Nansen.

"When I called him, he and I talked for a little while and then he said I needed to call coach (Sarkisian). When I spoke with him he said that they liked me and felt I was a great fit for their system and that they were offering me.

"It was a little surprising since I hadn't really talked to them much, but it was really special to me since they are an up-and-coming program and they are in the Pac 12."

Fanaika already had offers from Arizona, Stanford and Utah State and has been getting attention from Utah and BYU as well as the rest of the Pac 12.

"Right now, USC is the only school looking at me strictly as a defensive lineman," Fanaika noted. "Everyone else likes me on offense, but said they will see where I fit best depending on their needs and what I can do."

Fanaika played both ways last season for the Vikings last season, but he said he there is no doubt which side he prefers.

"I've been playing offense longer and I just feel more comfortable over there," Fanaika said. "I'll play wherever a school feels I can help the most and where I can be a better fit, but if they leave it up to me, then I'd choose offense."

Back to his offer from the Huskies, Fanaika said he'd like to make a trip north to see the campus and well as meet with the coaches.

"I was looking at possibly coming up either during my spring break which is next month or in the summer," Fanaika noted. "I have a couple of aunts and and uncle that live up in the (Seattle) area, so I know that area pretty well and I have a cousin who is at Washington State (Kalafitoni Pole), so I have some family up there already.

"Summer might work better for me since I wouldn't really have a time limit and so I could possibly take part in camp, but we'll see what happens."

Fanaika, who is LDS, said he's already set a timeline for when he plans to make a decision as well as when he'd like to take his mission.

"I've thought about both of those things and I'd definitely like to take my visits and wait until after my season in order to make my decision," Fanaika said. "I also want to take my mission and I'll turn 19 in September (of 2012) so I can take my mission before I enroll at a school or I can enroll and then take my mission after my freshman season.

"I want to save my redshirt for when I get back, so I'll have to see what happens as far as whether I should leave right away or whether I should stay and play and then leave."

Fanaika said he recently measured in at 6'4", 295 pounds and recently maxed out at 350 pounds on the bench, 450 pounds in the squat and put up 250 in the power clean.

We'll have more in the coming weeks and months from Fanaika and we'll update news as it happens with him.

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