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Fotu Leiato

Inspired prospective college athletes from across the country to dream big and get creative in marketing themselves.

Fotu Leiato

Inspired prospective college athletes from across the country to dream big and get creative in marketing themselves.

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Who: Fotu Leiato, football player at the University of Oregon 

The Story: Fotu’s story is the perfect example of how believing in yourself can help you accomplish great things. It’s also the perfect example of how to leverage modern-day technology to achieve your goals. 

Going into his senior season, Fotu had zero offers from any schools at any level of competition. Zero. For a player that displayed as much talent as he had to that point in his career, this didn’t sit well with Fotu and his coaches. That’s when Fotu and his backers got creative.

Through the use of carefully curated highlight videos, savvy social media posts, and countless hours of hard work, Fotu eventually raked in offers from schools across the country. He netted a scholarship from and signed on to play for one of the most successful football programs in the last decade, the Oregon Ducks.

“Social media is powerful, and his coaches understood that. You put his tape in, and it’s like, ‘Whoa! Who is this kid? What do you mean he only has two offers? Someone get me a phone!’” – Don Pellum

More from Hudl 100: Highlighting Sports and Technology's Key Players

Athletes

01Fotu Leiato

Inspired prospective college athletes from across the country to dream big and get creative in marketing themselves.

02Moritz Boehringer

Inspired athletes around the world to believe they can contend at the highest levels of competition.

03The Combine Kids

Inspired high school players to improve their combine scores to gain recruiting attention.

04Aaron Pistulka

Inspired bench warmers everywhere to embrace their role on the team.

05Kelsey Robinson

She is educating athletes everywhere about the power of technology in sports.

06Kestra Triasmono

Inspired female athletes to pursue opportunities in sports and educated the sports community about maximizing their physical well-being.

07NBA’s Heavy Hitters

One inspired an entire city, the other helped to change the way the game is played.

08Cam Newton

Inspired America’s youth through his charitable work.

09Sam Gordon

Inspired athletes through the popularity of her highlight clips.

10Chelsea Jaensch

Inspired athletes to never give up on their goals, no matter how long they’ve been away from their sport.

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