October 27, 2009

Fifita is taking it slow

Recently, San Bernadino (CA) Arroyo Valley inside linebacker Ofa Fifita has been playing the recruiting game by ear while focusing on his team during his senior season. The southern California run stopper currently has five offers in the bag, but isn't planning any visits for the time being.

"It's just the same old five right now," Fifita said. "Nothing new has come up, it's just the same offers right now, but I haven't been focusing on them since my season is going on, so I've just been focusing on school lately."

Arroyo Valley is 4-2 overall while losing their league opener last week. On a personal note, Fifita and the rest of his young defensive unit is excelling. With most of the players on defense being underclassmen, Fifita says it's more of a challenge for him this season compared to last, but it's one he enjoys.

He also leads his league in tackles so far in 2009 with over 80 to go along with three sacks.

Even though his focus isn't on recruiting, he still keeps in contact with several coaches, including ones from school who haven't offered such as UCLA and Fresno State. But the two coaches he talks to the most are Larry Lewis from Colorado State and his contact at San Jose State.

"(San Jose State) stopped by my game during week three to check me out."

Fifita, who is ranked as the No. 58 outside linebacker in the class of 2010, holds offers from Colorado State, Nevada, San Jose State, UNLV and Hawaii. With a Polynesian heritage, the Hawaii held a special place in his heart, but that doesn't mean they're any higher on his list.

"Right now everyone is the same. As far the Polynesian heritage, it's a big thing to me, but then I'm looking into a school education wise and where I can spend the next four to five years.

The only thing that gets to me about Hawaii is that it's separated from everybody else. The isolation is something that gets to me … Everyone is still even on my list."

The California linebacker says once his season is over, then he'll put all of his focus on recruitment.

"Definitely. Recruiting is all I'm going to focus on once the season is over, like getting ready with off season training and narrow the list down and get things wrapped up academically."

Note: While listed as an outside linebacker, Fifita says he plays inside for Arroyo Valley and is being recruited as an ILB as well.


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