Three-star two-way standout Sione Fua (6-3, 290, 4.9) from Encino (Calif.) Crespi has didn't play in a few games this season and Crespi definitely missed his presence. The Celts opened the season with two straight wins and when Fua went down in the third game Crespi lost three straight. When Fua came back last Friday once again the Celts were back in the winning column.
"Sione was out for about three weeks," Crespi coach Jeremiah Ross said. "We got him back on the field for last week's game and he looked good."
"Sione is getting healthy and that has helped us a lot," Ross said. "When he plays we are a better team."
"Even though Sione isn't a big rah, rah guy, he's a good leader," Ross said. "He leads by example because he's such a dominant force."
"Sione lifts the whole team up when he's on the field," Ross said. "Everyone plays better, they step it up a notch."
Fua played about 20 snaps last Friday, and all of them on the offensive side of the ball. This week he should be back to playing on both sides of the ball.
Even though Fua has been a little banged up, it hasn't stopped his recruitment any.
"Nine out of the 10 Pac 10 schools have offered Sione a scholarship," Ross said. "He also has offers BYU, Tennessee, LSU and Boston College. He has more but those are the ones I remember off the top of my head."
"It's no wonder why Sione is such a sought after recruit," Ross said. "Not only does he have great size and athleticism, but he is very fundamentally sound."
"Sione is ahead of the game both athletically, fundamentally and he's an excellent student," Ross said. "He's the complete package."
"With all the attention Sione is getting a lot of 17-year olds would get a big head," Ross said. "Not Sione, he's still humble and hasn't let any of the attention go to his head. Sione is just a great kid as well as a great football player."
Though Fua has only played two games of defense this season, in those two games he was dominating from the inside accounting for 16 tackles and two sacks.