January 8, 2010
Fehoko hasn't forgotten about UW
The battle for Farrington High School's V.J. Fehoko has been fought between a final five schools for a couple of months now. The interest in the 5-foot-11, 215-pound linebacker from Honolulu, Hawaii is clearly understandable. Fehoko racked up 46 sacks in two seasons and was named as an Army All-American.
Being named to the Army's West squad was only the beginning, and this week in preparation for the January 9 game, Fehoko was named to his side's starting lineup.
"It's definitely an honor to be anchoring the West's defense at the MIKE," exclaimed Fehoko. "We have so many great athletes, so many four and five star guys, we have the best players in the country. To be at the Alamodome, in the center of the defense, as an Army All-American, is a great honor.
"The experience has been crazy but amazing. There is so much competition every day and this is the best all-star game around. They have treated us like college or NFL players. They just treat us first class, make us all feel welcome and have really taken care of us. They feed us, teach us and there is nothing more I could have asked for out of this experience."
It's also something he's not taking for granted. On his own personal mission to prove just how tough the competition is in Hawaii, Fehoko has left it all on the field and impressed the coaches on hand.
"I can't wait to take the field and play with these guys and then get to hit these guys," Fehoko said with a laugh. "We are all All-Americans and you have to live up to that standard. You need to do even more than expected. So, I have been hitting guys all week and letting them know what Hawaii football is all about and that they need to take us seriously. The competition has ben great and I have gotten a lot of positive feedback from the coaches about my ability to stop the run and find passing lanes."
It's that ability that has the coaching staff's at Hawaii, Texas Tech, Utah, Utah State, and Washington all licking their chops. Fehoko had originally planned on making his college choice known to a live nationwide audience during the Army game, but will now wait until his final three visits are complete.
"I am going to take three more trips to Utah, Utah State and Hawaii before I make my decision. My last visit will be January 22nd and I will have a decision after that."
Fehoko has already visited Texas Tech and Washington and named the Red Raiders as his team to beat. Then came the controversy in Lubbock and the sequential firing of Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach.
"If coach Ruff [Ruffin McNeill] replaces Leach they will be right where they were before Leach was let go," said Fehoko. "If they find someone else to run the team I will have to be realistic about it. I would meet with the new coach if he wanted and see how it goes, but if I don't feel as comfortable as I was with Ruff and Leach than things would change.
It really does change everything when you bring in a new coaching staff. Ruff, Leach and the rest of the staff have been recruiting me for a long time and I have really gotten to know them, so it would be hard. But if they brought in a new head coach and kept Ruff and some other coaches around I would feel more comfortable. Right now I can just wait and see."
In the mean time the Huskies have not slowed down their pursuit of the four-star playmaker.
"I just talked with coach on Thursday and he was going crazy like always. I just love his and the rest of Washington's coaches passion and energy. They never stop and are always fired up and that is the same way I am about football.
I have also became friends with a Husky commit while down here and another player who is looking at them.. Sione Potoae and Ricky Heimuli are both real cool guys and we have become close throughout this whole process. It's crazy to think three complete strangers could become such good friends so quickly but we have. I talked with coach Cox about it and he's very excited about the idea of all three of us playing together at Washington."
I'm sure coach Cox is not alone.
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