Vince Feula, the highly coveted 6-1, 320 pound Second Team JC All-American from Cerritos Junior College (Calif.), noted after the visit that “BYU jumped up there to the top. I’d say it will probably come down to BYU and Colorado State.
Prior to his weekend visit, Feula had narrowed his top five college choices to Colorado State, Utah, Fresno State, Hawaii and BYU.
Since he planned to spend last weekend with his two younger brothers, Joseph and Matthew, at his sister and brother-in-law’s (Naki & Letisha Angilau) home in Sandy, Utah, he called up BYU assistant Steve Kaufusi and asked if he could take an unofficial visit of the Provo campus on Saturday.
When he arrived, Kaufusi escorted Feula and his brother-in-law, Naki, on a tour of the new athletic facilities. “Oh man, it was amazing. Probably the best I’ve seen. The locker room was huge. Real nice. They said it was a replica of the Philadelphia Eagles locker room; it gave me the feeling of what it’s like at the next (professional) level.
“I also met with (defensive coordinator Bronco) Coach Mendenhall. He showed me some highlight film of the defense. I like the attitude of his defense. He’s the kind of coach everybody wants. No favoritism and the best players play. He seemed like a guy who knows what he’s talking about,” Feula added.
“After talking to Kaufusi and Mendenhall, I can see myself fitting in very well. They don’t have too many guys in that position (defensive tackle). I think I’d do very well.”
Working in BYU’s favor right now is family pressure from his father, sister and brother-in-law. “BYU is a good place. My dad really wants me to go there. So does my sister and brother-in-law. Naki was really impressed with the facilities and the coaches. He really wants me to go there (BYU) so he can see me play. (Naki Angilau played middle linebacker at Dixie, then at the U for a year before he transferred to Northern State University in South Dakota).
Feula said he would likely decide by tomorrow (Wednesday) whether or not he will take his official visit to Provo this weekend or move up his Hawaii visit. “If I go, it will be basically to check out the academic side. The football side met all my expectations. I want to talk to the counselors and check things out, school wise.”
He said their home phone has been busy with college coaches, including BYU, calling to schedule home visits as LOI day approaches on Feb. 4.
Feula started briefly as a redshirt freshman for the Arizona Wildcats. Academic challenges, however, sidetracked his Div. I career course and he enrolled at Cerritos Junior College last season, registering 85 tackles and seven sacks on his way to also being named to the 2003 All-California JC team.
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