At roughly 5:15 on Monday evening, T.J. Fehoko entered an interview setting and claimed to favor Colorado to his other scholarship offers. He also said he had plans to commit to a college "pretty soon."
Turns out, Fehoko's words were used in a surprisingly literal sense.
By 10:30, it was over. Fehoko's recruitment ended with a call to the Buffaloes' coaching staff. His father confirmed his decision shortly thereafter. The Buffaloes' had their newest commit. His early-evening claims weren't exactly bold, but his follow through was spectacular. Then again, the Salt Lake City Cottonwood Senior High School defensive end has had his mind made up for days. It's not as though he was laboring over the decision.
"I knew for a couple days," Fehoko said. "I decided this week and talked it over with my family. They loved everything about Colorado, too. It was a perfect fit for everyone, really."
Fehoko, who picked Colorado over offers from Vanderbilt, Oregon State, Utah and others, says it was his relationship with CU defensive line coach Jim Jeffcoat that set the Buffs apart from the pack. The fact that he was impressed by what he saw when he attended the program's spring game a few weeks ago certainly didn't hurt the cause, either.
"The way they recruited me meant a lot," Fehoko said. "They showed no hesitation offering me and showing me a lot of love. I really appreciated that and the way they went about things."
Fehoko garnered a total of eight scholarship offers before choosing Colorado. He was also receiving heavy interest from a handful of other power-conference schools. But while his recruitment seemed to be still in the process of gaining steam, Fehoko says he's at peace with his decision.
"I might take some of my officials trips, but My commitment to Colorado is pretty strong," Fehoko said. "I'm guessing other schools will try to come in still, but I'm pretty hooked on Colorado."
According to Maxpreps.com, Fehoko recorded 100 tackles, including 20 for a loss as a junior at Cottonwood last season.