Fa’amasino follows his heart all the way to New Mexico State

January 16, 2017

Lui Fa'amasino football

Lui Fa’amasino

When New Mexico State University offered Anchorage’s Lui Fa’amasino a football scholarship, the privilege of receiving a free education didn’t go to his head.

It went to his heart.

“I had a gut feeling since the day New Mexico State offered me that is was the right school,” Fa’amasino told me. “I always trust my gut feeling and run with those vibes.”

He will run out on the field this fall with the Aggies after accepting the offer to play football for the NCAA D1 school in the Sun Belt Conference.

Fa’amasino, of West High fame, said he instantly felt at home in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and that he really connected with the New Mexico State coaches on a personal level that played a huge factor in his decision.

“I figured if I was going to be somewhere for the next two years of my life I had to have that connection with my coaches and feel comfortable enough to talk to them about anything,” he said.

Fa’amasino is a 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker out of Los Angeles Harbor College, where he recorded 79 tackles in nine games and led the team with 4.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss.

He’s strong, smart and explosive enough to bust through the offensive line and destroy running backs and quarterbacks.

“My playing style complements what the program is looking for in a linebacker,” he said. “I believe with the help from the coaching staff my game will transition great here.”

Plus, he’s always hungry on the field.

“I’m a dawg, so regardless I’m going to eat out here.”

Fa’amasino hasn’t picked a major yet, but it won’t be football. He is eager to meet with his academic advisor to see what best fits into his busy schedule on the gridiron.

He plans to maximize his time on the field and in the classroom.

“Working towards and receiving a degree is huge,” he said. “I understand that there is life after football, so education is important. I am definitely going to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Fa’amasino’s take on life is a lot like the cerebral approach he brings to the football field. Even though he’s strong as an ox, he wants to outthink blockers as much as overpower them.

“At this level, it’s way more mental,” he said. “But I keep my mind stronger. Mindset is everything. When I figured that out, my game and life changed for the better.”