Today’s player is still a bit of a mystery. He was one of the final commitments in Darrell Hazell’s 2016 class. He brings some promise to the linebacker position, however, as he comes out of his redshirt season.
Semisi Fakasiieki - Fr. (RS)
Compton, CA (Doiminguez HS)
6’3”, 241 pounds
2017 Projection: Reserve at linebacker
Although only a two-star commit, Fakasiieki was a last second flip to Purdue on signing day 2016. He was a 4-year letterwinner at his high school and finished with 80 tackles as a senior. He also added two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and 4 TDs. As a freshman he was his team’s leading tackler. He has been described as raw, but with some promise:
Fakasiieiki was limited to three games as a sophomore because of a transfer that affected his grades. He played only four games as a junior due to a leg injury. As a senior, he collected 80 tackles, six sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Purdue is getting a raw talent, and Fakasiieiki said he’s open to redshirting. However, he’s also prepared to fight for playing time right away.
“I like to hit a lot and definitely finish through,” Fakasiieiki said. “At Purdue I can see myself playing anything. If they need me to cover, I can cover. If they need me to hit, I can hit. If they need me to plug a hole, I can plug a hole.”
While he may not play a ton this season, the linebacker position loses Ja’Whaun Bentley, Danny Ezechukwu, and T.J. McCollum after this year. Expect Fakasiieki to battle for a backup spot. Also, let’s not forget where he is from: