Deep down, Fono Vakalahi has known for a while that he would be a BYU Cougar. The center prospect out of Bryan, Texas has been to the Provo, Utah campus multiple times and had targeted BYU as the school of his choice. Recently, the three-star prospect made it official.
"I committed about two or three days ago," Vakalahi said on Tuesday. "I committed because of the church and basically it feels right and the good football program and all that. I went up there for a couple of camps before they offered me. I've been up there and saw the campus."
Vakalahi has thought for some time that he may end up at BYU but he has received heavy interest from several other programs, including an offer from Baylor.
"I kind of figured that I would end up there but I was also looking towards maybe Oregon State or Cal-Berkeley or some schools like that," he said. "I guess I just felt like BYU was the place to be. I just figured that I'd get it out of the way so that I can focus on my season and not worry about anything."
As he lives with his older brother Moses, a former player at Texas A&M, Vakalahi confided in him to help make his decision as well.
"I talked to my brother about it and he has a big say in what I do," he said. "I talked about it with him and he pretty much said that it would be a good move."
At 6-foot-4, 320 pounds, Vakalahi is a big center prospect and will be playing center for the Cougars. He will have the added benefit of heading to college with some college-level coaching.
"I'm really excited about the season," he said. "We've got a new O-Line coach, Coach Helduser. He was the O-Line coach at Texas A&M last year. He's taught us so much and it's been great. We've already learned a lot."
Vakalahi anticipates making an official visit late in the season or after the season is complete to Provo.