As Nebraska looks to finish its 2019 recruiting class, we know that finding players that can rush the passer and disrupt an offense will be at a premium. One player that shows a knack for that on film is Soni Fonua from Mesa Community College. The defender has three years to play two season and will graduate in May.
Fonua, who stands at 6-foot-4 and 255-pounds, was in Lincoln this weekend for an official visit.
I caught up with him to check on the status of his recruitment, his thoughts on Nebraska and more.
Here is the full Q&A from our interview.
How would describe the visit overall?
“It was amazing. The whole thing made me feel at home. The whole coaching staff showed love and basically wrapped their arms around me and gave me comfort.”
What did your brother and nephew think of visit?
“My brother wants me to drop every other school and sign already and get it rolling.”
What made your brother feel that way?
“The family aspect was the second part of that feeling. The first part was the whole education of the school. The whole business career opened my eyes. They could help me with my career and getting a master’s [degree] in business. They showed me everything, the business program and the new facility. I loved it.”
Who was your player host and how was it hanging out with him?
“Vaha Vainuku. Me and him, we are family. We are from the same neighborhood. I lived five minutes down the street from him back home. We know how it is growing up back home and he talked to me about being away from home and how it’s a good thing. Over here, it felt like home to him. He gave me a good talk about everything. He really helped me out.”
Which coach did you spend the most time with and how did that go?
“I’d say there were two coaches: [outside linebackers coach Jovan] Dewitt and [junior college recruiting coordinator] coach Ryan Held. Those two are really great coaches overall. I really like how the defensive scheme is, they way Coach Dewitt showed me. I think I would fit perfectly with what they have here.”
At this point where would say Nebraska ranks in your recruitment?
“Right now, I believe Nebraska is my leader.”
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.