December 2, 2009
Fehoko set for Montlake visit
For Farrington High School star V.J. Fehoko, it was all about his senior season first and recruiting second. But now that his Governors' run came to a disappointing end last week with their 6-9 playoff loss against Kahuku, the four-star linebacker is ready to focus on finding his future home.
Fehoko has an impressive offer list and has narrowed his choices to five: Hawaii, Texas Tech, Utah, Utah State and Washington. The Huskies have secured Fehoko's fist official visit when they take on California this Saturday in their final game of the season.
"I'm so excited because it's my first official visit and it's to Washington," said Fehoko. "I have been hearing so much from coach [Johnny] Nansen, [Steve] Sarkisian, [Mike] Cox. I can't wait to see the team in action and what a game it will be against Cal. Cox said I get to go on the field, sit in on their meetings and I'm just fired up for the experience and my family is really excited for me too."
The Huskies are just as excited to have the playmaker on campus. As a junior Fehoko racked up 86 tackles, 19.5 sacks, 18 TFL, five forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovery on the way to being a unanimous all-state selection. Although his final tackle numbers haven't been tallied for his senior season, he easily outmatched those numbers while also collecting a mind boggling 30 sacks.
That's why he's such a wanted man and why the Huskies have stiff competition for his services.
"Right after my trip to Washington I'm going to visit Texas Tech in mid December," explained Fehoko. "Then I will visit Utah, Hawaii and Utah State last."
With offers from schools like California, Clemson, Colorado, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Tennessee, UCLA, and West Virginia, the question had to be asked why Hawaii, Texas Tech, Utah, Utah State, and Washington?
"My brother goes to Texas Tech and I really like the Red Raider fans," said Fehoko. "I went to my brothers spring game and everyone was crazy. They were all coming up to me and telling me to come to Texas Tech. They are so in to their football team there and Lubbock is dead on game day because everyone is at the stadium.
The linebackers coach for Utah is my cousin and my dad is good friends with head coach Kyle Whittingham. It's also one of the teams I rooted for growing up and I always wanted to play for them. My older brother actually committed to Utah before eventually going to San Diego State, so there has always been a connection.
Utah State head coach Gary Anderson was recruiting me while at Utah. Plus I don't care how big of a school you are, it's about how hard you recruit me and who I feel most comfortable with. Coach Anderson and me have always had a good relationship and I stayed true to my word with him and his program.
Washington has a ton of tradition and I hear the fans get crazy there. I want to be in a program that has a good football environment both on and off the field and everyone tells me that Washington has that. Plus I have a great relationship with their coaches and I can't wait to see everything in person."
Fehoko was selected to play in both the Army All-American and Under Armour All-American game and will make his college choice at which ever game he decides to compete in. But he said that if he feels comfortable with a school he won't hesitate to inform all schools involved about his decision.
"I would like to take all of my visits first, but if I feel comfortable with the right school I might make my decision before that. I know that coaches are waiting on my choice to figure out if they want to offer other kids. Other players are also waiting on my decision so I don't want to drag it out if I don't have to. Once I know, I will contact all of the coaches and tell them."
But Washington gets first cracks at impressing the No. 7 rated middle linebacker in the country and Fehoko can't wait to see what they have in store.
"I want to see everything in person," he explained. "I have heard so much about Washington, so much about the coaches and the school. I can't wait to see all of the coaches in person, experience the environment, and see how they run their program. It's exciting."
Husky fans would agree.
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