Corona, CA – Mt. San Antonio C.C.
6’1”, 285 lbs
Before BYU: After graduating high school, Edward Fusi was unsure if college football would be in his future when he was not recruited as heavily as he expected. While debating his options, he was inspired by his cousin and former BYU defensive lineman Hebron Fangupo to serve a mission. Fusi served in the Guatemala-Guatemala City North mission from 2008-2010.
Upon return from his mission, Fusi enrolled at Mt. San Antonio Community College, where he had an incredible freshman year playing offensive tackle. By seasons end, Fusi was named All-American and first-team All-Conference, while leading Mt. San Antonio C.C. to an 11-1 record. Fusi was the anchor to the O-line that averaged 421.5 total yards and 34.6 total points per game. He also played in the Southern California Championship Game.
In 2012, Fusi injured his ACL during the third game of the season. Despite seeing limited action in 2012, BYU coach Garett Tujague saw potential in Fusi and was quick to offer a scholarship. Fusi’s late commitment to BYU was a pleasant surprise on Signing Day and added depth to the powerful force of offensive lineman prospects.
Fusi was also recruited by Alabama, Mississippi, Oregon State and UCLA.
From the highlights, it is obvious that what Edward Fusi lacks in size he makes up in speed and strength. A more athletic offensive lineman than normal, Fusi is a very physical player and very aggressive off the line. His explosion and quickness will be beneficial in a “go fast, go hard” kind of offense.
Expectations in 2013: 2nd String Center
Fusi’s lack of size will present a challenge for one of the three starting spots that Bronco has opened up on the offensive line for 2013. We expect to see him compete with Braden Kearsley for the starting center position. Due to the hype that Kearsley has received, we anticipate that Fusi will be second in the depth chart.
The potential in BYU career: Moderate
If Fusi can add some more size to his frame, he may be able to compete for a starting role on the offensive line. His athleticism and raw strength opens up opportunities to compete at other positions as well. Fusi bench presses 400 lbs and squats 495 lbs. If Fusi can maintain his health following the ACL injury in 2012, we expect him to have a promising career at BYU.
As a true junior, Fusi has the ability to redshirt if needed.