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Loyalty matters to Servite duo

February 03rd, 2010, 2:51 pm ·

· posted by Damian Calhoun

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Servite quarterback Cody Fajardo decided to remain loyal and defensive lineman Kirifi Taula had a good conversation with those around him.

In the end, it all ended up with Fajardo, the county Offensive Player of the Year, signing with Nevada and Taula signing with Arizona on National Signing Day today.

Fajardo dressed in Nevada Wolf Pack colors (blue and silver), while Taula went to school in a blue Wildcat sweatshirt.

“This is such a relief,” Fajardo said. “The whole (recruiting) process was really frustrating. The whole Nebraska … the whole situation was a mess and I'm glad it is over.”

Fajardo had received interest from Nebraska, but not an offer, until it was too late in his eyes. Fajardo committed to Nevada on Friday. Nebraska, after having one of their quarterback recruits go elsewhere, decided to offer Fajardo on Monday.

“There was a big part of that was interested in going to Nebraska when they first started talking to me and when I set up my official visit,” Fajardo said. “I gave them all of the time, but when they told me they were going in a different way, I said OK, things happen.

“That day, I called Nevada (coach Chris Ault) and I committed. Nebraska tried to jump back in the picture late, but I was loyal to my word.”

Taula's decision was just as complicated. Coach Troy Thomas said that Taula was “all over the place” in terms of picking a college.

Taula originally committed to Arizona in December, but took official trips to Oregon State and Washington in January, before finally coming back to Arizona.

He made the final decision between Arizona and Washington.

“I decided on Arizona a couple of days ago,” Taula said. “This is a school where I feel more comfortable and where my parents can come visit me. I like the program. It is an up-and-coming program in the Pac-10 and where I can go and try and make an impact. My heart is at Arizona.”

The day ends quite a journey of maturation for Taula. He was emotional when speaking to those who attended Wednesday's signing ceremony about the opportunity that Servite offered him when he arrived from Orange Lutheran.

"I was kicked out of Orange Lutheran for disciplinary actions. I thought everything was over for me," he said. "I asked Servite if I could come here and they gave me a chance. That was big for them to do that. I'm thankful."

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