December 1, 2010
California JUCO to visit MSU
Michigan State is being very aggressive when it comes to adding a junior college offensive tackle for the class of 2010. This weekend Head Coach Mark Dantonio and the staff will welcome in Fou Fonoti of Cerritos College in California. The 6-foot-5 295-pound prospect is rated as a 3-star recruit the #31 junior college prospect in the nation by Rivals.com.
Fonoti has an impressive list of offers which includes scholarships from schools such as Arizona, Washington State and Rutgers. Auburn has also shown a significant amount of interest as well. We asked him if Michigan State has officially offered a schoalrship and if they have talked about setting up a visit?
"Yes, Michigan State has offered," Fonoti said. "I spoke with Coach (Mark) Staten and I will be going out there this coming weekend on an official visit."
Do you know much about the Spartan program?
"Yes, I know they have had a great season and are in a 3-way tie for the Big Ten Championship. My cousins also went there, Domata and Situpe Peko."
Both eko brothers had outstanding careers at Michigan State. Situpe was the starting tackle on the 1999 team that went 10-2 and beat Florida in the Citrus Bowl. Domata started at defensive tackle for the Spartans and had one of the most thrilling plays in recent Michigan State history, a fumble returned for a touchdown against Wolverines. Both Peko brothers were able to leave Michigan State and play in the NFL, a fact that is not lost on Fonoti.
SpartanMag.com asked Fonoti what he will be looking for in a school when it comes to making his college decision?
"I will be looking at my position to see what type of opportunity I have to compete and start," he said. "I will also be looking at the education that is provided and if the school has a family atmosphere."
Michigan State is graduating both staring tackles this season (D.J. Young and J'Michael Deane) the players who were in-line to replace them currently have some serious question marks due to injuries. That is why Coach Dantonio and his staff want a player who can come in and participate in spring practice.
We asked Fonoti if the Spartan staff has talked with him about the position he would play and what they like about him.
"They have said that they like my athleticism and the physical aspect of my game," Fonoti stated. "They also said they like how in my film I am running down the field to block for wide receivers, running backs and even the quarterback. I am pretty sure they like me as a right tackle as that is the position I played at Cerritos."
SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow-up with Fonoti once he returns from East Lansing. The Spartans have had 2 other junior college offensive tackles visit so far in Matt Williams of North Dakota School of Science and Dan Heiar of Iowa Western College. It may just come down to which player decides to jump on the Spartan scholarship first.
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