Vileseni Fauonuku was a one-man wrecking crew as a defensive lineman at Bingham High in South Jordan, Utah, last fall. Standing six feet tall and weighing 290 pounds, he was a big reason the Miners were the No. 4 ranked team in the nation.
"I love this kid," said his coach Dave Peck. "I would do what I could to try and help him in his life."
Fauonuku's life took a violent turn last March when he was arrested on two felony counts for robbery.
Inside a garage, the then- 16-year-old allegedly pointed a 9 mm pistol at two young men - while his cousin grabbed drugs, cash and a wallet. Detective Chad Hahn says Fauonuku also issued a chilling threat:
"If they called law enforcement, they'd do bodily harm to them," Hahn said.