Lineman looking hard at Arizona

Offensive lineman Brandon Fanaika is one of the most highly regarded linemen in the west and Arizona is making sure to put in its best effort. Has it paid off? Who is Arizona competing with? Read on for more.

Even though his recruitment continues to become more hectic as more and more schools continue to get involved, Pleasant Grove (Utah) High School offensive guard Brandon Fanaika is still having a good time with recruiting.

"Recruiting is going really well," Fanaika said. "I've just been getting letters and stuff from schools and it's going well. I am really enjoying the process.

"Right now I have eight offers, and UCLA and BYU are two of my newest offers. BYU came in about two weeks ago and UCLA came in somewhere around six weeks ago or so."

Of the schools recruiting him, the 6-foot-3, 295-pound prospect is hearing a lot from a few schools in his home state, although he is open to other schools from out of state.

"I would say right now Utah is most definitely recruiting me hard," Fanaika said. "UCLA is too, as is BYU. Right now I'm pretty wide open. I don't really have any favorites."

Another school working on the 14th ranked offensive guard in the country is Arizona, who Fanaika insists is in good shape in his recruitment.

"Arizona stands pretty high," Fanaika said. "The relationship I have with coach (Robert) Anae is pretty good. Arizona is pretty high right now."

Arizona's new offensive line coach is one of the major advantages that it has working for it according to the four-star prospect.

"Watching some of their games, the offense they run is really great," Fanaika said. "Coach Anae over there, that really helps. I really like coach Anae, he's a really great guy. I knew him when he was at BYU.

"I can tell that he really cares for me. He has a lot of great qualities and he understands some of the things that I'm going through. One of the things I like about him is that he's always really supportive. I like their offense, and I like coach Anae."

For the second consecutive weekend, Fanaika tripped to California to check out what the schools in the Golden State have to offer. He also hopes to make the trip south down to Tucson at some point before making a decision.

"I just got back from Cal this past weekend," Fanaika said. "I'll was out at USC this week, and then I was at UCLA.

"I have not visited Arizona yet, but I plan on taking a visit sometime when the season starts. I'll probably head out to one of their games."

While on his visits, Fanaika has a clear understanding of the things most important to him in his decision.

"I'm looking at the coaches especially and how well I get along with the coaches," Fanaika said. "I'll definitely look at the education system and the way that the offensive line plays. Those are the factors that are important to me."

With visits planned and more to come, Fanaika is in no rush to make a decision on a school.

"I'll decide sometime after the season," Fanaika said. "I'm not too worried about it. I'll get it figured out after the season."

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