Ex-Texas Tech starter and stud defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko made headlines when he made it known that he would be transferring to another institution for the remainder of his college career. He made more big news when he announced on Monday that will he will make his collegiate transfer decision known on April 17.
The former All-Big 12 Fehoko is coveted by schools across the country and has been visiting different schools over the offseason. However, he seems to have narrowed his choices down to inside the SEC. Fehoko was nice enough to talk to me about his upcoming decision as well as other things.
Jay Hawkins: What was the biggest reason you decided to transfer from Texas Tech?
Breiden Fehoko: The biggest reason for my transfer was development. With the rapid rate of defensive line production in the SEC and players being consistently well-coached, they’re put in a great position to succeed. I see how much of an emphasis D-line play is in the SEC, and I wanted to be a part of that.
JH: You’ve been visiting different schools as of late. Has any school stood out above the others so far and do you have a favorite so far?
BF: Schools that have stood out are LSU and Auburn, particularly LSU because of the amount of emphasis on the defensive line. (LSU Defensive line) coach Pete Jenkins is a D-line guru, and of course, Coach O (LSU’s Ed Orgeron), being the head coach works with the defensive line everyday as well. That was big with me. That is how much attention and technical work I’d be getting.
JH: What are some of the big things you are looking for in a potential school?
BF: The biggest thing is development. I want to perfect my skills as a defensive lineman and become a real technician. The next thing would be the exposure to put myself in the best situation possible for the league.
JH: What stands out to you about UGA?
BF: Coach Scott and how he has learned under Coach Pete Jenkins.
JH: You’ve said you have had a previous relationship with new UGA defensive line coach Tray Scott. Is that really the biggest reason UGA is in the discussion?
BF: Yes, that is the main reason.
“I want to perfect my skills as a defense lineman and become a real technician.”
JH: It has been reported that you plan on visiting UGA on April 13. Is this still the case, and if so, what does UGA need to do on the visit to convince you to transfer there?
BF: Yes, I am still visiting. I just want to know how well I would fit in and how would Georgia help me to accomplish my goals and vice versa – how I would help them win a national championship.
JH: What player do you most look up to and seek to be like?
BF: I look up to John Randle, a defensive tackle that played for the Vikings back in the day. He’s the reason I wanted to play D-line and sack quarterbacks.
JH: We have seen you as a dominating force on the football field, but what is the off-field version of you like?
BF: I like to walk my dog a lot, spend time with him and take him to the park. We have a special bond, and he keeps me sane when I’m off the field. His name is Simba, and he is a Chihuahua Dachshund.
JH: In your mind, what are the top three things you bring to the table when it comes to football.
BF: 1) Being a team player in doing whatever it takes for the team to win. 2) Being a student of the game. I watch a lot of film and understand what my opponents like to do. 3) Intensity and passion that I can share among my teammates.
Fehoko will make a huge impact wherever the young man ends up. Fehoko will have to sit out a year because of the NCAA’s FBS transfer rule but, afterwards, will be eligible to play for two seasons.
Fehoko is not only a type of guy that dominates on the field but seems like a genuinely nice, high-character guy off it. Fans of the Dawgs would love to get this guy, but he will definitely have success wherever he goes.