Jets keep Queens native close to home
by Bryan Fonseca
May 01, 2018 | 6452 views | 0 0 comments | 425 425 recommendations | email to a friend | print
University of Connecticut standout defensive tackle Folorunso ‘Foley’ Fatukasi arrived at UConn after making waves at Beach Channel High School.

The Far Rockaway native was selected in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, who selected the former Husky with the 180th overall selection.

“That workout really helped a lot when you came in here,” Jets head coach Todd Bowles told Folorunso in a Jets All-Access call as the selection was taking place. “We’re looking forward to you coming in here and doing big things just like you showed us.”

At UConn, the 6-foot-4, 300-pound-plus defensive lineman earned an All-American Athletic Conference Honorable Mention as a sophomore in 2015 after recording 7.5 sacks, tied for second in the league. He also forced a conference-best four fumbles.

As a senior, Fatukasi recorded 45 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and four sacks.

Fatukasi also made an impression at January’s East-West Shrine Game, an all-star showing for college seniors, according to NFL scouts, and evidently, the Jets.

Folorunso began playing football in middle school with the Rockaway Ravens, a youth football program in Queens.

He obtained his bachelor’s degree from UConn in the spring of 2017, ultimately electing to stay put for his final season of eligibility.

“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about the NFL,” Folorunso told BQE Media last summer, prior to his senior season.

Optional rookie mini-camp is scheduled for early May, with the Rookie Development Program beginning on May 14.

Jets OTA offseason workouts will be in three different segments throughout late May and early June, with training camp underway in July.

Folorunso joins a Jets defensive line that returns starters Steve McClendon and 2016 team MVP Leonard Williams. The Jets traded former defensive line standout Sheldon Richardson early last season, and opted not to re-sign mainstay Muhammad Wilkerson, leaving a void, which Folorunso could earn a shot at filling.

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