BYU football: Cougars extend offer to Syracuse HS standout Kavika Fonua

Published: Wednesday, June 12 2013 4:05 p.m. MDT

Syracuse defensive back Kavika Fonua (14) upends Layton RB Willie Uasilaa (1).

Steve O'Camb

SYRACUSE — Kavika Fonua has been a standout performer in every camp and combine he’s attended this summer and was recently awarded with a scholarship offer from BYU. Fonua is a 6-foot, 200 safety prospect from Syracuse High School and currently holds offers from BYU and from Weber State.

Dan Sorensen from utezone.com and myself recently pegged Fonua as the No. 6 uncommitted football prospect in the state for 2014.

Fonua’s standout performances haven’t come without a lot of effort and dedication on his end.

Following his junior season Fonua’s father, Dean, pushed him to train hard and set a rigorous workout and camp schedule.

“I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now without my father,” Fonua said. “He’s really pushed me and he’s definitely the reason I was able to receive an offer from Weber State and now an offer from BYU.”

BYU extended an offer following a visit this past Monday upon Fonua's return from a combine in Oregon.

“I attended BYU’s junior day and then immediately flew out to Oregon,” Fonua said. “When I got back I was informed that BYU coaches wanted to meet with me, and I definitely got excited about that and was really hoping they’d offer.”

Fonua met with coach Bronco Mendenhall in his office and was then greeted with an offer.

“I love BYU, and it's definitely the school on my mind right now,” Fonua said. “I really love everything about the school and the program. I’m LDS and I have definite plans to serve a mission, so I fit in well there and I’d love the opportunity to play for a program like BYU. I love the coaches and BYU is definitely my favorite school right now.”

Utah is the other school that has captured most of Fonua's interest, and he plans to attend the program’s two-day camp at the end of the week.

“I’ve had a lot of contact with Utah coaches and I really like them and trust them,” Fonua said. “I think they might offer me, but we’ll see how it works out.”

It would seem a distinct possibility that Utah will offer Fonua, should he continue to put forth the type of performances he has so far. The safety prospect seems to have a knack of winning himself MVP honors at every camp he attends, from national combines in Texas and Oregon to the Mountain West Elite camp held locally at Salt Lake Community College.

Football prowess seems to come naturally to Fonua, which makes sense considering his roots. Without playing a single down of high school football, his father was able to gain a walk-on spot at Southern Utah University.

“My mom encouraged him to go and try out even though he had never played, and he made the team,” Kavika said. “He had a great experience at SUU and he’s always encouraged me and pushed me, and I definitely wouldn’t be in the position I am now without him.”

Kavika has definite plans to serve an LDS mission and will most likely leave for that mission straight out of high school. His plans for the rest of the summer include visits to the All-Poly camp, the Utah team camp and the BYU team camp, which take place in late June.

“Right now BYU and Utah are the schools I’m considering, but we’ll see who else becomes interested,” he said. “I want to decide before the season starts, but I really don’t have a definite plan to when I’ll commit.”

Email: bgurney@desnews.com

Twitter: @BrandonCGurney

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