Ranked as a three-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports … Scout tabs him as the No. 63 overall junior college prospect in the country, while ESPN lists him as the No. 18 JUCO defensive tackle and 247Sports lists him as the No. 2 JUCO prospect in Utah.
Played for coach Britt Maughan at Snow College … Recorded 32 tackles in his sophomore season, including 14 solo stops and 2.5 tackles for loss … Was the second-leading tackler on the defensive line despite missing two games … Also recorded one interception and returned it for 15 yards … Chose Oklahoma State over other offers from Arizona State, TCU, Purdue and Utah State.
Played in 10 games as a defensive end after signing with Weber State in February 2015 … Recorded 14 tackles on the year with a season high of three against both Northern Colorado and Southern Utah … Also had 1.5 tackles for loss during the season.
Played for coach Kirk Chambers at Spanish Fork High School … Recorded 111 career tackles for the Dons and had 9.5 career sacks … Earned honorable mention all-state honors and academic all-region honors … Also wrestled in high school and won the state championship in the 220-pound division.
Ioane Utufua Leilua was born Aug. 28, 1997, in Anaheim, Calif. … Son of Fili and Natasha Leilua … His uncle, Matt Asiata played football at Utah and now plays for the Minnesota Vikings … Plans to study marketing.
"Fua is a player that in high school was about 220-230 pounds. He was playing tight end, playing quarterback, playing some athletic skill positions, and when he went to college he grew from being that to about 300-plus. Talking to his community college coach, Britt Maughan, he compares him a lot to Mote [Maile] coming out of high school, a guy who just grew and got bigger once he got into college. We’re hoping he can bring some added athleticism to the front, along with some size and strength and hopefully he’ll be able to produce for us very quickly."
-- Defensive Line Coach Joe Bob Clements