July 6, 2009
Fifita picks up Hawaii offer
Despite his recruitment slowing down a bit this summer, San Bernardino (CA) Arroyo Valley inside linebacker Ofa Fifita has picked up his fifth offer recently from the University of Hawaii, one that possibly means more to the southern California product than the other due to his Polynesian heritage.
"I have five offers right now, the most recent being Hawaii. They offered me about two weeks ago," Fifita said on Sunday. "I guess they called my coach and I talked to them through my coach and they said they were going to be recruiting me hard and we talked for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then a few minutes later they called back, I guess it was their head coach (Greg McMackin) and they called my head coach (Markus Soward) to send out the film and they fell in love with it and offered on the spot."
Fifita says he's not too familiar with the Hawaii football program itself, but due to his heritage the offer was very exciting.
"It's a big thing, especially with a school like Hawaii and me being Polynesian-It was very big. My family was really excited about it. I've never been to the state of Hawaii, but I've been thinking about taking a trip out there and see what the school is like. It would almost be like a vacation, the best of both worlds, I'll tell you what."
Right now the 6-foot, 220 pound linebacker holds offers from Hawaii, Nevada, San Jose State, UNLV and Colorado State. According to him, he hasn't spoken to his recruiting coach from Colorado State, Larry Lewis, since the NBA Playoffs, but at the same time he hasn't had too much contact with many schools recently outside of Hawaii.
Still, Fifita seems to like Lewis and Colorado State, calling the Rams' safeties coach "very down to Earth."
The Rams and all other schools are currently on an even playing field.
"I'm still looking at Colorado State," said Fifita, who has been ranked as the 46th best outside linebacker in the class of 2010. "Right now I'm looking at all schools, I haven't narrowed down the five offers so far. My coach says there's more (offers) to come so no one is out of the picture yet. CSU is definitely not out of the running, it's really all bout me doing my research to see which program is best for me."
Fifita says he plans on taking the three hour drive out to Las Vegas, Nev., this September when the Runnin' Rebels host the Rainbow Warriors so he can kill two birds with one stone, seeing both schools play at the same time.
Click here to few Fifita's highlight film.
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