"I really got serious when I was a sophomore and got around coaches that had experience playing and had been coaching for a while," Gaye said. Fonua originally attended East High in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is the same high school as early signee Apu Ika (No. 14 overall cornerback) and Ruston High's Ray Parker (No. But it’s another thing to actually execute the technique in a game. - Gaye. "Busch texts me and we FaceTime and make calls and he checks in on my parents and high school coach. He works, doesn’t get in trouble. "Thank you all for the love and the support, it does not go unnoticed! Before leaving campus, the Washington native pulled the trigger and gave head coach Ed Orgeron his verbal commitment. That's when I really started taking football seriously. It takes the weight off my back, for sure. You have permission to edit this article. Gaye didn't start taking football seriously until midway through his high school career in Washington, previously feeling that a potential future for pro basketball was in the cards. Here are five recruits that are the most likely to sign with the Tigers. LSU ranks No. LSU football has a decent shot at getting the best recruiting class in this cycle. From meeting with the coaches to their interactions with the support staff throughout the visit, Gaye said LSU offered up the total package with a red carpet weekend where all questions were answered and boxes were checked. © 2005-2020 CBS INTERACTIVE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. LSUCountry . Pelicans News | The New Orleans Advocate, Soni Fonua commits to LSU; JUCO defensive end makes announcement before signing day, BY BROOKS KUBENA | firstname.lastname@example.org, LSU signing day breakdown: Who's in, who's committed, hard targets and our own analysis, LSU QB signee Peter Parrish never wanted to be average and knows 'what it takes to be a champion', 'Fast-foward': Derek Stingley Jr., LSU's newest star defensive back, has always been ahead of the curve, How Polynesian crossover, Utah to LSU recruiting pipeline helped Tigers land Soni Fonua, Siaki Ika. Gaye is currently ranked by 247Sports as a Top 25 prospect in JUCO and one of the five best strongside defensive ends in the 2020 crop. Register today for free or log in to access this premium article. "I know (Orgeron) has been a defensive line coach and they have (defensive line coach Dennis Johnson) and others all there working with guys. It’s just about getting him going and teaching him everything. It really felt like home. LSU's rolling on the recruiting trail, adding another verbal commitment on Sunday morning when JUCO defensive end Ali Gaye shut down his recruitment and committed to the Tigers. “After spring, it got more intriguing. 6 junior college strong-side defensive end, according to 247Sports, announced his commitment Sunday morning in a Twitter post that came at the end of his visit to Baton Rouge. One of the selling points for Gaye was the background coach Orgeron has in coaching his position. 13 overall defensive tackle). Coaches loved him, and I would too in their spot. In the social media post, Fonua thanked his teammates and coaching staff at Mesa Community College, where he recorded 114 total tackles and 4½ sacks in two seasons, and he posted a picture of him and LSU coach Ed Orgeron inside Tiger Stadium. The head coach being a part of that is a big deal to me. No. Our player-by-player breakdown of LSU's commitments, signees and the top targets remaining. This forces defensive lineman that, let’s say previously relied on sheer size/strength/speed alone, to instead learn how to do it the “right” way. It was an easy decision. And with that group, I know they can make me successful on and off the field. Not I. (Photo: 247Sports) LSU's rolling on the recruiting trail, adding another verbal commitment on Sunday morning when JUCO defensive end Ali Gaye shut down his recruitment … Newly committed defensive end Soni Fonua of Mesa (Arizona) Community College stands with LSU football coach Ed Orgeron in Tiger Stadium. Top Juco FB recruits at College Football Today. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Gaye and his family spent the weekend at LSU on an official visit, which gave him the chance to see the campus and facilities for the first time, as well as spend some one-on-one time with the staff to get a feel for how he would fit into LSU's program. “They come and watch him play and run around, and the feeling is that this kid is going to be a star down the road," Minnick said. They knew I had things to work on, but they were really impressed with my size and skill. The #1 JUCO defensive end in the country from Garden City C.C. It's what I want. Seeing as he only started taking football seriously his senior year, JUCO was the perfect landing spot for this clearly athletically gifted young man. That’s a great feather in his cap.”. 14 overall tackle) as the three LSU commitments heading into Wednesday's national signing day. ", GEAUX TIGERS! I heard that and I thought it might be right. The LSU Tigers just added another defensive lineman to its 2019 recruiting class. He makes sure they are perfecting their craft so that they can produce." Now, Gaye is gearing up for his final season of junior college football before arriving at LSU to join the football program and compete in the Southeastern Conference. Disclosure: These are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, The Advocate may earn a commission on purchases made via clicks on those links. "The head coach being a defensive line coach shows you how important that is. At 6’6-270, Ali Gaye looks and plays every bit the part of an SEC defensive lineman. With Fonua, Ika and Haynesville High's Joseph Evans (No. The 6-foot-4, 264-pound Fonua joins Memphis University School's Maurice Hampton (No. His technique is refined, (as most JUCO guys are), and his hands are feet are constantly active. He didn’t play a whole lot of football until late in his high school career. I can kind of compare him to Jonathan Kongbo who went to Tennessee. Home Football Basketball Baseball Tiger Chat The Tiger Den. We know that the new Michigan State Football head coach Mel Tucker loves some tall offensive tackles, and now it looks like he is going to try and dip into the community college talent pool for a rising JUCO star with some major size. After the early signing period, Orgeron emphasized the need for more defensive linemen.
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