Tigers offer 2015 DT out of Hawaii

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Clemson coaches made an offer to a 2015 defensive tackle out of the state of Hawaii early Wednesday, extending an offer to Breiden Fehoko of Honolulu (HI) Farrington High School.

Fehoko is good friends with 2013 Clemson commit Scott Pagano, who helped get the ball rolling for Fehoko.

“This morning Scott Pagano texted me and said, ‘Hey, give Coach V [Brent VenablesBrent Venables
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] a call’ so I did,” Fehoko told TigerNet shortly after receiving the offer. “I had emailed Coach Dan BrooksDan Brooks
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my highlights last week, and he told me they would get back to me by Tuesday, which was yesterday. I didn’t hear from them, but then Scott texted and I called Coach Venables, and he was excited to talk to me. The first words out of his mouth were, ‘You have an offer from Clemson.’ I was so excited.”

Fehoko said that he is very familiar with the Tigers.

“I know a lot about Clemson,” he said. “I know they won the ACC Championship recently, and they have a lot of good things going on in the program, and that is why they are picking up all of these recruits. That is why it was a big deal for me to get an offer from them. They are turning that program around, and I feel like they will be holding up a National Championship trophy soon.”

Fehoko comes from a football playing family – one brother is V.J. Fehoko, who is a junior linebacker at Utah; his cousin Kalana Sitake is the defensive coordinator at Utah; his brother Sam Fehoko was a linebacker at Texas Tech; and another brother, Whitley Fehoko, was an offensive lineman at San Diego St. His dad has also spent time as the mascot for University of Hawaii athletic events. Two cousins (one for 2014 and for 2015) already have multiple offers.

“It is cool to be a part of football family,” Fehoko said. “They have taught me to work hard and they have taught me I can accomplish so much with dedication to the game and sacrifice. They told me to be proactive and go out and do things and not wait on other people. They have walked me through the process and let me know the keys of being a successful athlete.”

The 6-2, 275-pounder said he loves playing defensive tackle, and wouldn’t want to play any other position on the field.

“Really, defensive tackles are in the middle of everything on the field,” he said. “Some people say the middle linebacker is a game-changer, but at tackle you can control the game by forcing the snap count, forcing pressure on the quarterback or causing a fumble. You are the man in the middle, and I actually like all of the head-banging and contact inside. I like to play against run teams, so playing defensive tackle is a bonus for me.”

Fehoko said he met Pagano at a camp in Hawaii, and the two developed an instant bond.

“I have known Scott for three years,” he said. “I was an incoming freshman at a camp, and he saw my last name and was familiar with my family and with my older brothers. We just clicked from there.”

Fehoko holds offer from Cal, Texas Tech and several of the West Coast schools, but said he will wait before naming any leaders.

“The point for me is to not focus on the leaders because I want to keep it open,” he said. “For a school like Clemson to come at me this early means a lot to me. They came at me at young age, and that shows they trust me and believe in what I am doing. I am keeping my options open, but to know I have a scholarship from a place like Clemson is a great feeling.”

As a sophomore, Fehoko had 76 tackles, 21 assists, nine sacks, five forced fumbles, one interception, six passes broken up and one touchdown.

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