Oregon Lands Bruising Linebacker

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At this point in the offseason, each commit landed means less worrying for Football programs leading up to National Signing Day on February 4. Since playing in the College Football Playoff National Championship on January 12, Coach Mark Helfrich and staff have been working hard to build a great incoming class of recruits. Yesterday, news broke that Oregon landed three-star inside linebacker Fotu Leiato, from Steilacoom, Washingon. 

News broke via Leiato’s high school’s football team’s Twitter handle: @SteilacoomFB. To start a lengthy thank you message, Leiato said, “I have committed to continue my education and play football at the University of Oregon. I want to thank all of the colleges and coaches who have recruited me over the past months for believing in me and giving me a chance.”

At 6’0, 200 lbs, the inside linebacker entertained offers from OklahomaMichigan State, and UCLA, just to name a few. Yes, he might be small, but Leiato might be the hardest hitting high school recruit I have ever seen. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at his highlight video. Get your voice ready, because some of the hits you are about to witness will get you saying, “WOOOOOOO!”

Stay tuned to FishDuck.com for the latest in Ducks recruiting news.

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Jason Selby

Jason Selby

Jason is a Junior at the University of Oregon, currently double majoring in Public Relations and Political Science. Jason has been an avid sports fan for his entire life, growing up playing Football, Basketball, and Baseball. Over the last year, Jason has found his love for sports reporting, and enjoys creating pieces that use his love and knowledge for sports to portray his message. In his spare time, Jason enjoys obsessing over Ducks sports, Scuba Diving around the world, and listening to music. Tweet at Jason…. @1seltank. He loves talking sports with other avid sports fans.


    Yes he’s definately a hitter but why not at FS where he’s going to bring the hits like MR Hair himself from Pittsburg Steelers because he looks just like him and hits exactly like him. 200 lbs doesn’t come close to making him an ILB! He probably could come in and be in the rotation at Safety in the fall.

    • hokieduck

      He seems to be pretty fast as well. I say play this kid wherever he can wreak the most havoc.

      Wecome, Fotu. Go Ducks! WTD!

      • Jason Selby

        Yes, he is very fast. Right away, he seems like a fit for safety, but he is 6 feet tall. If he can add some weight to that frame, something like an Eric Kendricks type from UCLA, we could be looking at the next top linebacker. I can’t wait to find out. Thanks so much for the read

    • Jason Selby

      Yeah, you are definitely right. Right away, he could probably come in and be an impact at safety. He did play linebacker his whole high school career, simply because his talent level and ability to change a game. Let’s see how he reacts to college style workouts and meal plans, because he might start adding weight to that frame very quickly. Either way, thanks for the read.