Fonoimoana brings the heat from the secondary

A hard-hitting, athletic safety is always a nice thing to have in the secondary and L.A. Harbor S Genesis Fonoimoana (6-0, 202) fits that mold perfectly. After a rocky stint in high school, he's on pace to finish up his schoolwork this December and after a huge freshman campaign, he's already hearing from several BCS schools who are looking to harness his outstanding physical talent.

"I played my freshman through junior year at Long Beach Poly, but things got kinda out of control there," Fonoimoana admitted to recently. "I just had some family troubles and that caused me to have problems at school with some teachers and it just didn't work out well for me, so I was home-schooled my senior year.

"I was getting looked at as a junior by some programs, but as a senior I got nothing because I wasn't playing, so I decided to come here to Harbor because it was close to home and I wanted the chance to show people I can be a good college player."

Fonoimoana definitely did that as a freshman for the Seahawks in 2007. He totaled 76 tackles, two sacks, six interceptions and double-digit passes broken up.

"Last year was my first one playing safety," Fonoimoana said. "It was a little weird getting used to playing safety, but it felt great as the season went along.

"I love the hitting as a safety. I played strong safety so I was up near the line and playing the tight end, but I also played receivers when I was in my zone."

With his ideal size, Fonoimoana's physical skills -- a 4.38 forty time, 38-inch vertical and 20 reps at 225 on the bench -- make him a great candidate to play free or strong safety or even corner at the next level.

"I'm open to playing wherever a team wants me to play," Fonoimoana said. "I feel real comfortable in man-to-man, but I'm really feeling safety right now and my coaches said I'm a good fit there and that a lot of the schools contacting them seem to like me there as well."

Speaking of the schools contacting the Harbor coaches, there are plenty of them.

"Oregon State, Oregon, Ohio, Kansas State, Washington, Washington State, California, Arizona State, actually most of the Pac 10, and Michigan State as well," Fonoimoana said. "I'm pretty much open to everyone right now. I'd like to stay on the west coast, but it just depends on where the best situation is for me to play."

As stated earlier, Fonoimoana is on pace to finish his two-year degree in December and he'll have three years to play two following the 2008 season.

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