Fenumiai is a rock inside for Riverside

Last season, Riverside's run defense was one of the best in the state, allowing just 60 yards per game on the ground and a big contributor inside was DT Lawrence Fenumiai (6-4, 277). With his non-stop motor and natural strength, the talented interior defensive lineman is one to watch this offseason and could see lots of offers before the start of the 2012 season...

Fenumiai had a solid prep career in Juneau, Alaska but was unable to qualify, so after graduating he headed to Arizona Western where he redshirted in 2010.

"I just didn't like it there," Fenumiai told JCFootball.com recently. "It was nothing against the coaches or school, but I just wasn't happy. I decided I needed to make a change and I really liked coach (Tom) Kraft after talking to him and I liked the direction of the program here."

As a redshirt freshman last fall, Fenumiai was solid posting 36 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss and six sacks to go along with one interception.

"I started outside for most of the season, but then Lee Adams and I switched up and he played more outside and I was in the middle," Fenumiai noted. "Last season I played around 285 or 290, but this year I've trimmed down a lot, got into doing a lot more cardio, so I'll be quicker and that should help me this fall because I'll play a lot inside, but I'll move outside too."

On the recruiting front, things haven't really gotten started yet, but he knows schools will start to show interest once they drop by the Riverside campus this spring to check out the team.

"My coaches said not to worry and to be ready because a lot of schools will be by to look at us," Fenumiai said. "I'd love to have some options to choose from, but right now we're in our offseason workouts so I want to focus on that more so I can be ready for the season."

Fenumiai is on pace to finish up his two-year degree this December and he will have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

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