Cousins Poutasi, Fanaika to decide Thursday

ARLINGTON, Texas – Cousins and three-star offensive linemen Cedrick Poutasi (Las Vegas, Nev./Desert Pines) and Brandon Fanaika (Pleasant Grove, Utah) will announce their college plans during halftime of the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, which will be played Thursday at Cowboys Stadium.

Poutasi, a 6-foot-5, 325-pound offensive tackle, said he will choose between Oklahoma State, Oregon and Utah. Fanaika, a 6-foot-3, 320-pound offensive guard, said he will choose between Stanford, Utah and Auburn. Both are currently bowl-game teammates participating for the West roster.

Poutasi has visited Oklahoma State and Utah and likes all three of his final choices.

He’s looking for a school that will offer solid coaching, a healthy student environment and a place where football and education are seen on even levels.

“I’m going to be the first in my family to go to college,” Poutasi said. “I’ll be one of the first at my school to do something like this, where I get to announce at a bowl game. It’s a big honor for me, and I want to rep my school well.”

Fanaika has four visits set up in January, the first scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 6 at UCLA. He then is scheduled to visit Stanford the following weekend, Utah the weekend after and BYU the weekend of Jan. 27.

“I want to go where I feel I can best excel in the classroom,” Fanaika said. “I want to go somewhere I can experience new things and have a fresh start. The process has been a ride, I’m not going to lie, but it’s been a good problem to have, and I’m fortunate to have gone through it.”

There are many speculators who feel the players will stay on the West coast.

Will they attend the same school?

Both players -- who happen to be teammates at the O-D bowl game on the West roster -- are fans of Utah and could bolster the Utes’ recruiting class.

“There’s a chance we could pick the same school,” Poutasi said, “but there’s also a chance we could be going to school close together. Everyone will find out [Thursday] if we do or don’t.”

“I know this much,” Fanaika added, “I have a lot of thinking to do from now until [Thursday].”