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OSU Recruiting: Soni Fonua With One Final Visit After OSU Trip

Can the Pokes lock up their final recruit of 2019?



The last potential piece of OSU’s 2019 recruiting puzzle, Soni Fonua, flew out from Utah to Stillwater, America this past weekend for a multi-day official visit. Things appear to have gone swimmingly.

The junior college defensive end brought with him his mom, sister and brother-in-law to take in the scenery, which he’s done with past visits including to UCF, and Fonua wasn’t the only one who had fun. His sister sent out the vibe that she was feeling OSU.

As expected, Beni Tonga, OSU’s player development specialist, was spotted in several photos with Fonua. Tonga has served as Fonua’s contact during his recruitment, and likely served either as a host for his visit or point of contact, along with defensive line coaches Greg Richmond and Joe Bob Clements.

Fonua hasn’t done an interview tour post-visits since he started his trek across the states, which has included trips to Nebraska and UCF, and OSU is in the same category. We can only parse what little snippets have been shared on social media, but it does look like he enjoyed the trip.

What we do know is that Fonua didn’t shut down his recruitment and commit on the spot, which leaves him with one visit remaining: LSU.

He’ll be in Baton Rouge this weekend (instead of Lawrence, Kansas, after cancelling his trip to see the Mad Hatter). From there, he’ll make a decision and make things official on signing day, Feb. 4.

Cowboy fans should be optimistic about Fonua if only because there’s a huge need. Not only has OSU actively recruited him as long as anyone still involved, but the staff has kept a spot vacant in the event he picks the Pokes. With three DE signees incoming, all true freshmen in 2019, Fonua could be a veteran player to make an immediate impact on the field for OSU.

The appeal to play right away is something OSU will continue to pitch to him until he makes his final decision, but with the red carpet treatment in the rearview, we wait and see if Ed Orgeron’s Go Tigas pitch sticks with the Mesa C.C. product, or if OSU can seal the deal based off a productive visit this weekend.

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