2017: Fatu will battle for a key role at defensive tackle as a senior in 2017.
2016: Fatu, a junior college transfer who came to USC in the fall of 2016, served as an often-used backup defensive tackle as a junior in 2016. Overall in 2016, he appeared in 12 games (all but UCLA, which he sat out with a ankle sprain suffered at Washington) and started once (Arizona), and he had 21 tackles, including 1.5 for losses of 5 yards (with a 5-yard sack). He had a tackle against Alabama, 4 tackles (with a sack) against Utah State, 2 tackles at Stanford, 1 tackle against Utah, 2 stops (0.5 for a loss) against Arizona State), 1 tackle versus Colorado, 2 tackles at Arizona, 1 versus California, 4 against Oregon, 1 at Washington and 2 versus Notre Dame.
JUNIOR COLLEGE: He made 2015 Prep Star JUCO All-American, JC Athletic Bureau All-California Region III first team and All-Southern California Football Association National Division Central League first team (unanimous) as a sophomore defensive tackle at Long Beach (Calif.) City College. He had 52 tackles, including 14 for losses (with 9.5 sacks), 2 fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and a deflection in 2015 as Long Beach CC went 10-2, won the Southern California Bowl and advanced to the SoCal Regional Championship.
As a freshman in 2014, he had 37 tackles, including 10.5 for losses (with 8 sacks), an interception, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and a deflection as Long Beach CC went 9-2 and won the Beach Bowl.
HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2013 All-Moore League first team as a senior 2-way lineman at Lakewood (Calif.) High.
As a junior in 2012, he averaged 3 tackles a game. Current Trojan Toa Lobendahn previously attended Lakewood.
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