California Dreaming

"Cal has been a really solid program the past few years," Steven Fanua said. "The academics there are always the best and that's a factor too. It's close to home and that's always a plus. My parents want me to stay close, but they know it's my decision. They said that it's up to me and I'm not going to choose a school just because they are close..."

Steven Fanua, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound, three-star middle linebacker from Milpitas, Calif., has around 14 scholarship offers but says he won't be making a decision any time soon.

"I'm looking into every school," Fanua said. "I'm weighing everything and will take some time before I decide."

Fanua, ranked as the No. 18 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, now says he favors California slightly over BYU, Arizona State, Washington and Colorado. All of his favorites have offered as well as from Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, Boise State, Fresno State, Arizona, UNLV and Portland State.

"Cal has been a really solid program the past few years," Fanua said. "The academics there are always the best and that's a factor too. It's close to home and that's always a plus. My parents want me to stay close, but they know it's my decision. They said that it's up to me and I'm not going to choose a school just because they are close."

Berkeley is only about 30 minutes from Fanua's home and he says he plans to attend several of their games during the season. "I hope to go check them out as much as possible," he said.

The only official visit that Fanua has set up thus far is to BYU in January. "I like a lot of things about BYU," he said. "The coaches are great, especially the linebacker coach. He's a good guy and knows what he's talking about. They've just done a good job of making me feel wanted and keep me updated about everything that's going on with the program. They have a great team and I hope that they can make a BCS bowl this year. That would be great if they did."

Fanua is also LDS, but says he won't go on his mission right away. "I'm gonna go on my mission, but I'm going to wait," he said.

During the summer he attended camps at BYU and Arizona State. "It was hot," Fonau aid. "It was very hot, but the camp went well. I liked the coaches I met and they were very intense. The linebacker coach, Craig Bray (Arizona State), seemed like the kind of guy who could definitely take you to the next level."

Fanua has never been to either Washington or Colorado, but says he plans to take visit there as well. "I've heard a lot of good things about Washington," he said. "I know they haven't done too good recently, but they have good coaches and it's supposed to be a really nice environment.

"I also think Colorado is an up-and-coming program and I might be able to play early there," he said.

Fanua finished his junior season with 173 tackles and 12 sacks.

"I'm very aggressive and have good speed," Fanua said. "I fill the holes with power and add a lot of hype to the game. I never stop.

"I want to work more on my pass coverage and of course continue getting stronger and faster," he said.

Milpitas High School play their first game on September 5 against San Benito High School.

Fanua says he wants to major in sports medicine and reports a 2.7 core GPA and a 1580 SAT (three-part).

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