SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- After starting all of Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic’s games as a freshman, Deion Fetui piled up plenty of experience at an early age.
Through six games as a sophomore, the 6-foot, 300-pound defensive tackle has taken what he learned and become a pivotal part of the Crusaders’ defense.
“I have a lot of experience, so I know what to do in a lot of different situations,” Fetui said. “I feel like the coaches have taught me everything I know right now. I feel like I’m getting better each day, every practice.”
Fetui has played so well his coach, Jeremy Thielbahr, thinks he could develop into one of the top prospects in the 2015 recruiting class.
“He could be the best defensive lineman on the West Coast, if he continues to develop and improve and stays hungry,” said Thielbahr, who was an assistant coach at Idaho before taking over at Eastside Catholic last season.
He already has solid size for a defensive tackle, but Thielbahr said his intangibles set the sophomore apart.
“That’s what the kid has, he’s got intangibles that are hard to find,” Thielbahr said. “The kid is a competitive kid. He’s hungry and works hard. He’s not selfish and really takes the initiative. He’s the full package.”
Midway through his second varsity season, Fetui is starting to generate some Pac-12 interest.
“It really shows that all the hard work I’m doing is really paying off,” he said. “It makes me want to work harder, to get where I want to be.”
When asked what aspect of his game he still needs to work on, Fetui pointed to his speed.
“The strength will come with it, but my speed needs to get up there for me to get to the next level,” he said.
Thielbahr already considers Fetui to be a great player and, as far as the coach is concerned, it is only a matter of time before he becomes “a big-time recruit.”