The Amazing Fehoko Football Family And Their Four Division I Football Players!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger
One of The Most Unbelievable Things Happened To Me on Wednesday. I Had My Last Appointment With My Knee-Replacement Doctor, Jared Braud, and When I Got To My Appointment, I Found a Couple of Baton Rouge and LSU Tigers Football Magazines In the Lobby. In one LSU Tigers Football Magazine, There was a Story About The LSU Tigers Defensive Lineman Breiden Fehoko and This Story Jogged My Memory About His Mother Linda and Three of His Older Brothers That Are Long-Time Friends of Mine.
The Amazing Fehoko Football Family Includes L to R: Breiden, Whitley, Mom-Linda, V.J. and Sam!
In 2005, as a Junior, Whitley Fehoko (6-3, 320, 5.3) Was a Super-Star Offensive Guard From Honolulu Farrington, Hawaii and he Had Some Incredible Measurables and With a Big-Body. On his Highlight Film, Fehoko Dominated Defensive Linemen In The Running-Game and He Was Extremely Strong and Quick Off-The-Football, and so I Invited Him To-Participate in My Second Annual 2005 Summer Super Elite Top Gun Camp and Combine!
At That 2005 Summer Super Elite Top Gun Camp and Combine, Whitley Fehoko (In Photo Above) Did an Amazing 42 Reps of 185-Pounds on The Bench Press. Fehoko Was an Unbelievably, Impressive Player, and He Was a Tongan and After The Super Elite Combine, I Invited Him To Play in The 2006 Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Game Classic.
In The 2006 Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Game Classic, Whitley Fehoko Was an Unbelievably Amazing Physical Specimen at Strong Offensive Guard and Then he was Voted as the #1 Offensive Lineman Prospect in The Game and he was From The Hawaiian Islands. Although Fehoko Had Averaged Seven Pancake Blocks a Game as a Junior and Eleven Pancake Blocks a Game as a Senior, he came to our First 2006 Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Game Practice without a Single Scholarship Offer.
The Max Emfinger Super Elite Top Gun Camp And Combine!
After The Max Emfinger 2006 All-American Bowl Game Classic in Which Whitley Fehoko Was The Offensive Lineman MVP and I Became Great Friends With His Mom, Linda, and His Family; I Decided To Go To Honolulu, Hawaii To Host My Third Annual 2006 Summer Super Elite Top Gun Camp and Combine To Scout and Evaluate Players for My Max Emfinger Third Annual 2007 All-American Bowl Game Classic.
Whitley also Had Three Younger Brothers Named Sam, V.J. and Breiden and They Were Also Going To-Become Football Super-Freaks; plus There were a lot of Other Great Players in Hawaii who Were Always being Over-Looked and Under the Radar. Whitley and Linda Also Wanted To Help Ginger and Me in any Way Possible To Make The Camp and Combine a Huge Success.
Then, When Ginger and I Got To Honolulu, we Were Unbelievably Excited That The Entire Fehoko Family, Including Whitley, Sam, Linda, and Vili Immediately Invited Ginger and I To-Come To Their Home For Dinner and Help Make Plans For The Camp and Combine. I was Also Able to Meet Their Dad, Vili and Their Younger Brothers, V.J. and Breiden.
This was Our First Meeting With Their Father, Vili Fehoko and The Incredible “Vili The Warrior” who was a Haka Dance Performer for Many Years for The University of Hawaii and Other Events.
From 2000 to 2011, Vili Fehoko was “Vili The Warrior” Acting as an Entertainer at The University of Hawaii Football and Volleyball Games. Whitley, Sam, and V.J. Often Joined Their Dad on The Football Field For The Halftime Performances and Although Breiden Fehoko (#4) Was Too Young To-Play Football, when he was a 3-Year Old, He Still Joined His Fehoko Brothers and His Dad For Their Halftime Performances.
Vili was Always Dressed as an Ancient Polynesian Warrior and He Was Dressed-Out in The Ancient Polynesian Warrior, Traditional Attire, and with Ancient Polynesian Warrior War Paint. Vili and his Four Sons put on many shows for in The Aloha Stadium at The University of Hawaii Football Games.
“Those Games, Going Out There with my Dad and My Brothers and watching The University of Hawaii play Football were some of my Best Memories as a Kid,,” said Breiden Fehoko. “That is one thing that I remember that I always looked forward to as a kid. Whenever I got to run out there with my Dad and he was getting the crowd going, I really looked forward to it.”
Successful 2006 Top Gun Camp
We Had a Tremendously Successful 2006 Top Gun Camp and Combine and I Invited Sam Fehoko (#41) and Several Hawaiians To-Play in My Third Annual 2007 All-American Bowl Game Classic.
Strong Offensive Tackle Lee Ziemba and Sam Fehoko Were Both Great Players, in Our Third Annual 2007 All-American Bowl Game Classic, but on Wednesday, after about Five Practices, I Noticed That Ziemba and Fehoko were Hanging-Out Together and Eating Lunch with each other. I could not Resist in Asking what was going on. “Sam is The Best Defensive End that I have ever faced,” said Ziemba. “We have had some Great Battles in Practice.”
In The 2007 Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Game Classic, Fehoko Recorded Three Quarterback Sacks and Two Other Tackles For a loss in The West Team Victory. Ziemba Wanted Fehoko To Join Him as his College Teammate as an Auburn Tiger, but Head Football Coach Tommy Tuberville and The Auburn Tigers Did Not Have A Scholarship Available For him.
Lee Ziemba was a Huge Offensive Tackle from Rogers, Arkansas who had over 40 offers and he was one of the Top Offensive Linemen in the Country. Ziemba was Also The Offensive Lineman MVP in The 2007 All-American Bowl Game Classic. Ziemba (6-7, 320, 5.1) Recorded 52 Consecutive Career Starts for The Auburn Tigers; made Consensus First Team College All-American; and played in The 2010-2011 BCS National Championship Game. Ziemba was also Drafted in the Seventh Round of The 2011 NFL Draft by The Carolina Panthers and Ironically Later, Coach Tuberville Coached Sam Fehoko after Becoming The New Head Coach For The Texas Tech Red Raiders.
In 2007, Sam Fehoko was The Defensive End Freak and Game Defensive MVP who had just Recorded 22.5 sacks as a Senior in 2006 at Honolulu Farrington High School. He had Very Few offers, and he was still Flying Under the Recruiting Radar When He Arrived at Our First All-American Bowl Game Classic Practice, but Signed With The Texas Tech Red Raiders. Then, Sam Fehoko Was On The Texas Tech Red Raiders 2011 Football Guide Cover!
Sam Fehoko Played For My Good Friend and Texas Tech Red Raiders Head Coach Mike Leach and He was Known For His Firey Spirit and Game-Day War Paint That Made The Honolulu Fehoko Family a Lubbock Favorite. Sam Always Seemed To Find Where The Football Was and Made Many Tackles.
“The People around here in Lubbock, Texas will Welcome you with Open-Arms, just like the people of Hawaii Do,” Sam Fehoko said. “It’s amazing to me. That’s why I came back here. I love The City of Lubbock, and I know The City of Lubbock Loves The Fehoko Family.”
Sam Fehoko (#41) Putting-On A Show At Texas Tech 2010 Spring Training Game Doing The Haka.
In 2011, After Whitley Fehoko Played in My 2006 All-American Football Game and Sam Fehoko Played in The 2007 All-American Football Game, I got a Phone-Call From Linda Fehoko. Linda Wanted To-Tell Me About Her Third Son Named V.J. and She Wanted Him To-Join His Two Older Brothers, Whitley and Sam, And Play in My 2011 All-American Football Game.
V.J. Fehoko Played In The 2011 US Army
All-American Bowl Game!
The Only Problem Was That V.J. Fehoko (5-11, 223, 4.72, 32,4.52) Was a Really Great Linebacker and He Had Received an Invitation To Play in The Prestigious US Army All-American Football Game. I Told Her That I Would Love To Have V.J. Fehoko (#41) Play in My All-American Football Game, but That V.J. Was Rated as The #23 Linebacker in The Country and He Was Not One of Those “Under The Radar” Players. After Our Talk, V.J. Played in The US Army All-American Football Game!
The Fehoko Homecoming In Lubbock!
In 2014, The Entire Fehoko Family Flew from Honolulu, Hawaii to Lubbock, Texas, To Support Their Son and Utah Linebacker Transfer V.J. Fehoko and visit with their Other Son, Sam, who was a Graduate Assistant on The Texas Tech Red Raiders Coaching Staff.
“We Basically came to Lubbock to Support V.J. and Sam and to be There for Him and His Texas Tech Spring Game and to also bring him a little bit of Hawaii,” said Linda Fehoko. “Then On Monday, Breiden told us that he Was Going to Commit to play for The Texas Tech Red Raiders and I looked at him with Tears in my Eyes and I asked him Again, ‘Is this really what you want? You Mean to Say That You Do Not want to look at Alabama, Oklahoma, Clemson, Ole Miss, Oregon and those schools?’ He said, ‘Yes Mom. I’m not about all that Hype. I’m all about the place that is Dedicated. I want to come in here and be Faithful. I believe I have a Mission to go play at The Higher Level after College. I’m Adamant about That Goal and I want to be here.”
So Then, During The Fehoko Trip To Lubbock, Defensive Tackle Breiden Fehoko Caught The Texas Tech Coaches by Complete Surprise when he made a Verbal Commitment To The Texas Tech Red Raiders. This Pledge Would Be The Third Fehoko Brother To Play For The Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Breiden Fehoko (6-3, 291, 4.88) Was a Consensus Four-Star Player and He Also Was Rated as The #9 Defensive Tackle in The Country in 2015 and The #61 Player in The Country. Another Scouting Service Had him Rated as The #45 Player in The Country. Breiden had Scholarship Offers From Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Texas A&M, Utah, San Diego State, Southern California, UCLA, and Hawaii.
One of Most Popular Families Of a Texas Tech Red Raider Football Player Family In Lubbock Walked Around The Jones AT&T Football Stadium Field in April of 2014, like They Had Been There Forever, But this was their First Time Back in almost three years. The Leaders of the Fehoko Family, Were Obviously, Linda and Vili and They Passed-Out Special Prizes from Completely Stuffed, Full Bags, That Included Hand-Woven Polynesian Coconut Leaves, From The Tongan “Tree of Life” For Every Single Texas Tech Red Raider Football Player after The Texas Tech Red Raiders Spring Game.
The Texas Tech Red Raider Fans Started “Lining-Up” To Try To Grab One of the More than 150 Headpieces, even offering To-Pay for One of The Prizes, But There Was No-Way That You Could Put a Price On What The Fabulous Fehoko Family Brought Back to Lubbock on That Very Special Day in April.
For Sam, The Lubbock Homecoming was Overdue. He had left The Texas Tech Program Early in his Senior Year of 2011, Because of Miscommunications, With New Head Coach Tommy Tuberville. I Tried To-Help Him, but He then Tried to make it in The NFL. After two years away, in 2013, Sam Returned to The Texas Tech Red Raider Program To finish his Undergraduate Degree.
“From the First Time That I Set Foot back here in Lubbock, it was Amazing,” Sam said. “With New Head Football Coach Kliff Kingsbury here, He Knew Exactly how to Relate To Players. He is Such a People-Person Coach and You can feel this Energy coming off of him. I was watching the team and watching the New Culture and The New Texas Tech Red Raider Brand.”
“V.J. Also Took Notice. He will not Discuss why he left Utah, but he Never Forgot about The Texas Tech Red Raiders. He had Given a Verbal Commitment to Coach Mike Leach during his Recruitment in 2009, but he had To Make a Change In Plans after Coach Leach was Fired.
“Coming back to The Texas Tech Red Raiders was Kind of My Destiny, in a way,” V.J. Fehoko said. “It’s sort of a Full-Circle.” When I joined Sam in Lubbock, I Asked Him for a Crash-Course on Big 12 Defenses. The PAC-12 Prepared Me for High-Speed Offenses, but I Learned plenty From Sam.”
Defensive End Breiden Fehoko Transfers To LSU And Brings The Polynesian Haka War Dance To The Louisiana Bayou!
After Two Football Seasons, in 2015 and 2016, Super Defensive Line Prospect Breiden Fehoko Decided To Transfer To The LSU Tigers And According to NCAA Transfer Rules, Breiden Had To Sit-Out The 2017 Football Season as he Took a Red-Shirt Season and Was Playing On The LSU Tigers Scout Team.
In 2018, After Red-Shirting in 2017, Fehoko Spent The First Half of The Season at Nose Guard, in The Tigers New 3-4 Defense and Then He Moved to Defensive End for The Rest of The Season. In The 2019 Season With The LSU Tigers New 3-4 Defense, The Potential Depth Chart Would Have Tyler Shelvin (6-2, 362, 5.3, 28, 4.92) at Nose Guard and Breiden Fehoko (6-3, 291, 4.88) and Rashard Lawrence (6-3, 317, 4.92, 30, 4.72) at The Two Defensive Ends.
One of The LSU Tigers Defensive Line Starters With Fehoko and a Great Friend is Rashard Lawrence, who Returns For His Third Straight Year as one of The LSU Tigers Defensive Line Starters. These Two Great LSU Tiger Defensive Linemen have known each other for a Long Time Before They Both Enrolled as an LSU Tiger. Both Fehoko and Lawrence Played in The Prestigious Under Armour All-American Football Game.
A Few Years Later, Fehoko and Lawrence are Very Close Friends. In 2018, After Every LSU Tiger Game on Sunday, Lawrence and Fehoko Ended-Up At Louie’s Cafe Just-Off The LSU Tigers Campus and Eat Chocolate Chip Pancakes and Talk About The LSU Tigers Football Game on Saturday.
The LSU Tigers Defensive End Breiden Fehoko and His Dad, Vili, Have Brought The Polynesian Haka War Dance To The Louisiana Bayou. Last Fall, Against Georgia, Breiden and His Dad Brought The Haka War Dance To The North End-Zone and The LSU Tiger Crowd Was-Going Completely Wild.
Breiden Fehoko Entered The LSU Tigers Football Stadium Just-Like any Other LSU Tiger Football Player, until he Reached his Dad and Then Some Serious Things Started To Get Unbelievably Intense. Vili was Dressed-Out as an Ancient Polynesian Warrior and with Ancient Polynesian Warrior War Paint, as Vili and Breiden Started To Do The Haka War Dance.
“Vili The Warrior”
The Haka has been a Part of Breiden Fehoko’s Life Ever Since Early Childhood and it Took-On a Whole New Meaning in 2018 After One of The Greatest Moments in his Great Football Career!
The Haka is a Polynesian War Dance and is a Powerful War Ritual that Includes Movements and Words for The Occasion and of Great Cultural Importance. There are Several Variations of The Haka, but Vili and Breiden do The One Called The Original Haka and is Known as “The Ka Mate” Haka.
This Haka Tradition was Passed-On To The Fehoko Family from One of The High Chiefs from New Zealand and Their Haka Dance is an Act that The Fehoko Family Cherishes Every Single Time that it is Performed.
Both Breiden and His Dad Vili Are Natives of Honolulu, Hawaii, and then The Texas Tech Red Raiders Transfer Started Performing The Intense Haka War Dance. It not only Fired-Up The Fehokos, it also Fired-Up All of The LSU Tiger Players and Fans that Were Watching in Total Awe of The Performance.
The LSU Tigers Defensive End Fehoko is one of The Strongest Linemen on The LSU Football Team, but his Father is Even More Incredible. When The LSU Tigers Head Coach Ed Orgeron First Saw Vili on Breiden’s Official Visit, his DAd, Vili, was Doing 120-Pound Curls on Some Dumbbells in Sets of 20.