Oklahoma football: Tony Feo lands in Norman after a whirlwind journey

Feo has been used to late moves, from taking up football as a high school freshman to deciding where to play in junior college. The late recruitment by OU was no different.
by Ryan Aber Published: July 7, 2013

NORMAN — Months after signing day, Fullerton College offensive lineman Tony Feo wasn't too worried that he still hadn't found a football home after his junior college career was over.

Feo was used to making late moves, from taking up football as a freshman in high school to deciding where to play in junior college.

Everything appears to have worked out fantastically for the 6-foot-4, 285-pound guard who concluded a whirlwind recruitment by Oklahoma in early May by signing with the Sooners.

It was OU wide receivers coach Jay Norvell who spotted Feo while on a recruiting trip to California well after signing day.

With just one Division I offer — from North Carolina State — Feo was well under the radar. But when Norvell saw his size and found out he was available, he extended an offer by the time he left Fullerton.

The weekend after the offer, Feo visited Norman and met new Sooners offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. Two days after returning from the visit, Feo signed.

“I liked everything I saw here,” Feo said. “My host, Nila (Kasitati) took care of me real well. I liked the program and the tradition of winning, and I liked how I fit in here.”

Feo could fit into the rotation soon on an offensive line that needs depth.

“The opportunity is there for sure,” Feo said. “I understood why they brought me here, but they also told me there would be some competition. That's something I really liked. I wanted to earn a spot and be a part of a good program.”

While the on-field fit was a big part of his decision to come to Norman, there was plenty going on off the field that made it the right fit as well.

Feo was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa, after his family had moved over from Tuvalu, a tiny island nation between Hawaii and Australia.

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by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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