Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tide offer 2015 Hawaiian DE after camp
By Greg Ostendorf
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama’s camp featured recruits from all over the country, but it’s safe to say that ESPN Junior 300 defensive end Breiden Fehoko (Honolulu/Farrington) traveled the longest distance. The Hawaiian star arrived on campus Saturday and worked out all four days at the Crimson Tide’s camp.
“It was awesome,” Fehoko said. “I got to meet some good people, spent a lot of time with the coaches and some really good players. On the visit itself, Alabama has top-of-the-line facilities. That stadium is huge -- 100,000 fans. I loved it.”
At the camp, Fehoko was one of the top performers all week. He measured in at 6-foot-2, 265 pounds and worked out primarily on the defensive line, including some reps at defensive tackle.
“All of the coaches loved me,” he said. “They basically laid out five things they liked about me --- my motor, my enthusiasm, my effort, my attitude and my intensity. They just said those are five things they need in a player to win a championship. They believe that I brought all five of those things.”
On Wednesday, all of the hard work put in by Fehoko paid off when he received a scholarship offer from UA head coach Nick Saban. At this point, it’s just a verbal offer -- Saban wants to evaluate film from the camp before making it official -- but it still meant a lot.
“They’re the national champions,” Fehoko said. “This is the one that I was working for.”
The 2015 prospect had close to a dozen offers coming into this week’s camp, but the Alabama offer is the first from the SEC. He hopes it’s not the last.
“With Alabama in there, it opens a lot more opportunities,” Fehoko said. “I just think that if I continue to work hard and do the things I do, the recruiting process will become much easier. For now, everybody is still the same. Alabama is really up there in my recruiting process just because of the fact that they’re national champions.”
In addition to Alabama, Fehoko also made trips to Cal and Utah in recent months, but he says he’s done with visits for the summer. He wants to get back to Hawaii and begin focusing on his junior season with Farrington.
Even though it was a long way from home, Fehoko enjoyed his time in Tuscaloosa.
“Tuscaloosa is such a good place,” he said. “They have a little mixture of city and country, so they’ve got the best of both worlds.”
He hopes to return at some point to see a game inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.