Fuimaoni Added to 2017 Recruiting Class


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By Cal Athletics
Posted May 15, 2017
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Cal DT signed Siu Fuimaono
BERKELEY -Cal has added defensive lineman Siulagisipai Fuimaono to its 2017 recruiting class head coach Justin Wilcox announced Monday.
Fuimaono, who has signed a financial aid agreement with the Golden Bears, becomes the first student-athlete to receive a full scholarship to an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision school who prepped at Kadena High School in Okinawa, Japan.
"We are excited about the potential we see in Siulagisipai," Wilcox said. "His film is good, and he is a big, strong athlete that we think will help us on the defensive line. He had a chance to visit Cal this spring, and we knew after meeting him that he would be a terrific fit at Cal both academically and athletically."
"Even being considered to play for Cal has been a blessing for me," said Fuimaono, who claims the American Samoa village of Leone as his hometown. "I'm very excited to start working with the coaches and my new team."
Fuimaono was an All-Far East, All-Okinawa District and post-season Tomodachi Bowl selection in each of his final three prep seasons.
Fuimaono added his team's Defensive Most Valuable Player honors during his senior campaign when he recorded 94 tackles, 21.0 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks and one forced fumble to help his squad to a Far East Division I title, a spot in the Dodea Pacific Division I championship game and a 6-1 overall record.
Fuimaono was the runner-up for his team's Defensive MVP honors for squads that won back-to-back Dodea Pacific Division I titles during both his sophomore and junior campaigns. He was also a team captain as a junior for a club that finished 5-2 overall while his sophomore and freshmen squads were both 6-2. Fuimaono became a varsity starter when he was moved up from the junior varsity squad during his rookie prep season.
Fuimaono also competed as a thrower for his school's track and field squad as a junior and senior, winning the shot put with a throw of 43'0" in his final prep campaign. He was also on his school's wrestling team.
Fuimaono's father, Sipaisiulagi Fuimaono, also played football and had an NFL tryout with the New Orleans Saints.
A three-star recruit according to STEALTH Rating, Fuimaono is the 15th member of Cal's 2017 recruiting class.
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