Fanua likes the Dawgs

Yet another linebacker prospect that the Huskies have offered is Milpitas (Ca.) LB Steven Fanua and they are a school he's been keeping his eye on. He had hoped to make it to Seattle for an unofficial visit during the summer, but it looks like that won't happen, so he's planning to take an official visit to Montlake sometime during the season.

Last year, as a junior, Fanua wracked up an amazing 220 tackles and 11 sacks while earning All-League, League Defensive Player of the Year and Junior Player of the Year honors.

"The individual stuff was cool, but I'm all about getting my team wins," Fanua said. "If that means I drop into coverage or I need to stuff the run or if that means I need to take on two linemen and let my teammate make a tackle, that's what I'll do.

"I feel like I read plays well and I have the speed (4.6) to get there quickly and that is what coaches have said they like about my game."

In addition to his good speed, Fanua is also an explosive athlete, measuring a 38-inch vertical and a 300 pound bench press as well.

On the recruiting front, Washington has been hot the trail of Fanua and he's already been doing his research on the Dawgs.

"Washington is a school that's been after me for a while," Fanua told recently. "They have been on me pretty hard. They were recruiting one of my teammates (Charles Germany-Satchell) last year, so they saw me a lot and they said they like how aggressive I am and how instinctive I am.

"After they offered me, I started looking at them a lot harder and they are a school with a lot of young players, but they have brought in a ton of talent up there so they should be able to turn things around quickly.

"Coach (Tyrone) Willingham's status there is a concern for me, but honestly, I think programs in the Pac 10 can always pull in top coaching talent. If he and the staff aren't there after this year, it will be disappointing, but I think they would be able to get someone in there to be good. I have faith in the coaches though. I think they can turn it around pretty quickly with the talent they have there."

Fanua camped at Arizona State this summer and he also visited Tempe to take in a visit to Arizona (both have offered) and he's got offers from quite a few other schools.

"BYU, ASU and Arizona all offered me my sophomore year," Fanua said. "Utah State, California, Oregon State, Oregon, UNLV, Colorado, Fresno State, Boise State, Washington, San Diego State and Portland State have all offered me as well.

"I'm not going to make my decision before the season starts and I want to take all my visits. I had hoped to make my decision sometime during the season, but if I have to wait to take my visits afterwards, then I'll do that."

Fanua is LDS and said he's undecided whether or not he will take his mission after he graduates high school.

"Honestly, that's a big decision I have to make," Fanua said. "My mission is really important to me, but honestly, I think it's something I'll do later in my life after I've gotten to experience things a little."

We'll keep tabs on Fanua as he begins to take part in two-a-days in mid-August and throughout the season and we'll update things as they happen.

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