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Fanaika enjoys trip to LSU

3/5/2012

BATON ROUGE, La. -- After a weekend visit to LSU, it seems it's decision time for 2012 junior college prospect Fehoko Fanaika.

Fanaika's trip to Baton Rouge wraps up what has been a busy spring for the offensive line prospect from the College of San Mateo in Californa. Fanaika also visited Florida, Kansas, Utah State and Hawaii earlier this spring. Tim Tulloch, the recruiting coordinator at San Mateo, came to LSU with Fanaika and said the next step in the process is choosing a destination.

"That was his fifth trip, so he's done with trips," Tulloch said. "Now it's just getting to the point where he can sit down with his family and figure out where is the right place for him."

Tulloch said Fanaika is declining to do interviews until after he has made up his mind, but the San Mateo coach did offer some insight into the offensive guard's visit with the Tigers.

"It was definitely a championship program and a championship atmosphere in the way things were done. They're done the right way," Tulloch said. "He was excited about it and he liked it a lot."

Tulloch and Fanaika arrived in Baton Rouge on Friday and stayed through Sunday. Among the pair's activities were a tour of the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes and a trip to the LSU's spring practice on Saturday afternoon.

"The staff was outstanding. They showed us the academic center and all the academic support ...The coaching staff and support staff were all first class in every way," Tulloch said.

One aspect that stuck out especially was a visit with LSU strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt, who just finished putting the current roster through offseason workouts. Tulloch said Moffitt already had a plan in place for how to work with Fanaika, who tips the scales at a massive 6-foot-6, 340 pounds.

"The strength coach, Coach Moffitt, was outstanding," he said. "He did a really good job of walking us through the ins and outs of their strength program and the plan they have for Hoko."

With the visit out of the way, Fanaika is back in San Mateo to mull his options. After such a busy spring, there is plenty to consider. But Tulloch said the Tigers definitely made a favorable impression.

"What's not to like about LSU? Those guys do an outstanding job, and they really made the kid feel comfortable," he said.