Fehoko takes first official
V.J. Fehoko (Scout.com)
V.J. Fehoko (Scout.com)
Northwest Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 7, 2009
Chris Fetters (Scout.com)

Scout.com spoke Sunday night with Honolulu (Hawai'i) Farrington linebacker prospect V.J. Fehoko, and Fehoko had just come back from his first official visit - to Washington. He talked about the highlights of the trip, the remaining schools he'll officially visit, as well as when he'll make his final decision.

"Man, it was awesome," Fehoko told Scout.com of his UW experience. "Coach (Johnny) Nansen, coach (Mike) Cox, all the coaches, they made Washington an exciting place."

Fehoko and five other visitors got a chance to see the Huskies put a strong cap on their season with a 42-10 win over California. "It's one of the craziest places I've been," he said of the UW football atmosphere. "Husky Stadium was really pretty with the water all around it and it was very intense. One of the things I liked was when it was third down, you couldn't hear anything."

As a senior, Fehoko posted 83 tackles and 30.5 sacks. Clearly he's been counted on by Farrington to be a pass-rush specialist, but the 6-foot, 215-pound Fehoko is getting looked at to play linebacker at the next level. What position would he play if he decided to attend Washington?

"The defense coach (Nick) Holt used to play at USC, guys like Brian Cushing and (Clay) Matthews on the end of the line, and that's what they see for me - like a WIL 'backer," Fehoko said. "So outside linebacker would be first, but wherever - as long as I'm on the field. I think I'd have a good chance to compete right away, and that's another good thing about Washington. They aren't afraid to play freshmen."

Another linebacker - E.J. Savannah - as well as freshman defensive tackle Semisi Tokolahi were Fehoko's hosts. "They told me that coach Sark is turning the place around," he said of his host's comments to him about the environment around Montlake right now. "Washington is ready to blow up. They love it at Washington."

Fehoko said he always felt very comfortable in talking with everyone at UW. "They never pressured me to make a decision," he said. "They just want me to go where I'm happy. They were just supporting me."

That extended to the Huskies' first-year head coach, Steve Sarkisian. "He's an awesome guy," Fehoko said of the guy they call 'Sark'. "He's not only a great coach, but he's a great person too. I saw him before the game signing autographs. And we didn't just talk about football. We talked about Hawai'i too. He talked to me about how he sees me as an impact player, and how it's all up to me if I work hard enough. I really like what he has to offer."

Out of a scale from 1 to 10, Fehoko gave his Washington visit the highest mark possible - a 10. "They did everything perfect," he said. "It was a good experience. I had never been to Washington or Seattle before. The trip definitely made me want to be a part of what they are doing."

So it naturally begs the question; will he be a part of what the Huskies are doing? Fehoko is definitely taking a wisened, pragmatic approach to the process. "I'll make my final decision when I'm ready to," he said. "I'll be talking to my family about it for sure."

Fehoko will officially visit Texas Tech in mid-December. He knows a lot about Lubbock, as his brother Sam is a current linebacker for the Red Raiders. Then V.J. will trip to Utah State (1/15) and Utah (1/22) before making his final decision. He will also try and find time to officially visit the University of Hawai'i, but according to Fehoko he can fit that in any time because he lives so close to campus.

V.J. Fehoko Scout.com Profile

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