Huskies offer talented So Cal athlete

Washington's coaching staff continued to dole out offers to talented prospects in southern California last week when DE/TE Alani Fua from Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) received a call from Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian. Where does he stand in the recruiting process and who were the other schools to offer recently? Read on to find out...

"I had a few offers already, but last week I had a lot of schools offer me," Fua told "I got offers from Washington, Arizona State, Washington State, Ohio State and New Mexico.

"Most of them are looking at me at either defensive end or at tight end, but Ohio State told me they want me at tight end exclusively."

The Husky coaching staff has been all over the prospects on the Oaks Christian roster, extending offers to OT Erik Kohler, QB Nick Montana, DT Cassius Marsh and LB Zac Stout. Fua said he was a bit surprised by the offer, but that he's been talking to the Washington coaches for some time now.

"I was surprised, but really happy they liked me enough to offer," Fua said. "Coach Sark got on the phone with me and he said they really liked me as an athlete and they think I could be a good defensive end, but that I could be a great tight end so I think they'd like me for that.

"I really don't have a preference on where I play, but I've played defense for several years and I really didn't play much tight end last year, but this year I am going to do that so we'll see how that goes."

As a junior in 2008, Fua posted 67 tackles, three sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble from his defensive end/outside linebacker position and caught two passes for 16 yards as a tight end.

"I'm a good athlete and I can run pretty well," Fua said. "Most of the coaches like my athleticism and how I can run, but I think my hands are underrated and I'm hoping that will show this fall."

Fua had hoped to make it up to Washington this coming weekend with Kohler and Montana, but said he'll be in Provo, Utah to visit BYU instead.

"I had already planned to attend BYU's junior day, but I wasn't sure when it was going to be," Fua said. "So I made some plans to go up (to Seattle) to check (Washington) out with my teammates, but then I realized that I needed to be at BYU this weekend, so I'll head up to Washington on my own later this month after school gets out to see the school and meet with the coaches."

Fua is LDS, but said he isn't leaning one way or the other as far as which schools he's favoring right now. He also mentioned that he plans to take all of his visits and make a decision sometime after his senior season is completed this fall.

We'll have more from Fua down the road as he gets further along in the recruiting process.

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