Fonoti is a versatile lineman for Cerritos

Cerritos OT Fou Fonoti (6-5, 306) knows his versatility makes him an intriguing prospect to four-year schools, but that isn't why he's flipped from right to left tackle this spring. It's been out of necessity so he's taken the responsibility to heart and is working hard on his footwork to help him maximize his abilities...

Fonoti prepped at Mayfair High School in nearby Lakewood, California and was unable to qualify, so he decided to head to Cerritos to continue his football career.

"I didn't have a good SAT score, but I also didn't have a foreign language either, so it was sorta a double hit in that respect," Fonoti told "Cerritos is real close to my house, it's only like two minutes away, so it was a good spot for me plus the coaches here are great and it was a good fit for me."

Last year, Fonoti held down the right tackle spot for the Falcons, but this spring he's been moved to to the right side to replace a former teammate who has graduated.

"It's been a little strange because the footwork is different, but I think I'll be good," Fonoti admitted. "I'm just working on it all the time and I think I'll be just fine. My coaches said it will come."

One thing that Fonoti recently learned is the legacy of talented Cerritos offensive lineman.

"Phillip Garcia and Mike Diaz both played here and they were out at Arizona the past couple years," Fonoti said. "(Garcia) was actually on campus recently and I talked to him a little. He's a big dude. I couldn't believe how big he was. I was like 'man, that's what I'm going to have to get like to play ball at that level'."

This spring, Fonoti has seen recruiting start in earnest and he said some could be close to offering him.

"Arizona has been sending me stuff for a while and last week I talked to San Diego State," Fonoti said. "Baylor and Syracuse have also been talking to me a little.

"All of them like me at tackle, but they haven't really said which side they'd like me to play. They just said keep working hard and that they will be recruiting me this spring."

Fonoti is unsure of whether he will finish up his AA degree early so he can sign in December, but said his coaches have told him he's on pace to get it done.

"I don't want to say something and be wrong, so really I'm just working to do was well as I can in school and if I'm done by December, then that's when I will sign," Fonoti said.

Wherever he ends up he'll have three years to play two once he steps on campus.

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