House Representative Larry Sanitoa and his son Sonny Sanitoa, along with Samoana High School Principal Simon Mageo, posing after the media coverage of Sonny Sanitoa’s confirmation to attend the University of Las Vegas Nevada (UNLV) on a full ride scholarship. Sonny signed his letter of intent on the 2011 National Signing Day. [photo: T. Gasu]
Last week, during the USA National Signing Day for all high school senior athletes by US colleges and universities, American Samoa did well, with several local football players given full ride scholarships.
One of those players is Sonny Sanitoa of the Samoana Sharks. With the stroke of a pen, he has accepted a full ride scholarship to the University of Las Vegas Nevada.
“I am very grateful for this opportunity, I am humble about the opportunity of going out to UNLV after high school to further my education and to continue to pursue playing football,” said Sanitoa.
A press release from UNLV features the head coach of UNLV, talking highly of Sanitoa.
“We’re trying to change the makeup of our team — trying to get bigger and more physical and certainly this class answers some of those concerns. It takes some time to develop the young guys but down the road this will provide us a big, physical group.”
“This was a good day for UNLV, a real good day,” Hauck said. “Rebel Football took a big step forward with this recruiting class. These guys are big, tough football players and along with last year’s class, will be the basis for success in the future.”