Encino (Calif.) Crespi two way lineman Sione Fua just announced moments ago that he's headed to Stanford after narrowing his choices to the Cardinal, BYU and Oregon. We caught up with Fua Tuesday night and he gave us the reasons why he chose Stanford over the Ducks and Cougars.
Fua, 6-2, 285 pounds earned all-state honors for the second year in a row this past season. He could play on either side of the ball in college but will likely start off as a defensive tackle in college.
"Over the weekend, I was actually leaning to Oregon," Fua said. "I thought of all three schools, they had the best combination of football, academics and religion and that was where I was planning to go. Then our family sat down and really thought more about it and prayed over the decision and Stanford became the choice for me.
"All three schools were great but Stanford had some obvious advantages. For starters, no one is close to Stanford academically and that degree means a lot to me. Just as a big of a factor is Stanford is only a five hour drive from home so my family can come and see me play or just visit with me anytime. Plus my grandmother lives in the Bay area so she's close by and on my visit, I felt really comfortable with all the players and coaches on the team.
"I know right now, Stanford's football program isn't what those other two are but I like the direction the program is going in and I think they're going to turn things around pretty soon here. When I weighed everything, Utah was just a little too far for me and even Oregon was a plane ride away whereas at Stanford, I felt like it was close to home and having my family nearby is a big thing to me."