Toward the end of national signing day earlier this week, California offensive tackle Fou Fonoti signed with the Michigan State Spartans. Fonoti put off his decision until signing day and ultimately chose the Spartans over Rutgers and UCLA. He became the 22nd member of MSU's 2011 recruiting class by signing with the Spartans.
Fonoti was a junior college player, meaning he will come to MSU with more experience than most recruits. He was at Cerritos College last season, where he played well enough to be ranked as Rivals.com's 24th-best junior college player for the class of 2011. It is expected he will be able to compete for a starting job this fall partly because he has already played college football, even if it was at a lower level.
Fonoti is a three-star recruit on Rivals and Scout and is unranked by ESPN. His offer list includes, Arizona, Florida International, Houston, New Mexico, San Jose State, Washington State, Western Michigan and the schools that ended up in his top three.