2007 (Junior): Fonoti competed in 12 games for NMSU at outside linebacker, missing one game due to injury. On the year, Fonoti tallied 63 tackles, which was fifth on the team. He also recorded seven tackles-for-a-loss, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and two pass break-ups. Fonoti tallied a career-high eight tackles, in three different games. Versus UTEP (9/15) he grabbed eight tackles, two tackles-for-a-loss and his first career sack. He then tallied eight tackles against San JoseState (11/10) and the following week against UtahState (11/17). Against Southeastern Louisiana (8/30), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (9/29) and Nevada (11/2) Fonoti recorded seven tackles. Also against Southeastern Louisiana he recorded his first career sack. In seven games at outside linebacker Fonoti grabbed at least seven tackles.
2006 (Sophomore):Fonoti competed in 10 games and started nine at outside linebacker during the 2006 season.Fonoti posted a total of 38 tackles on the season, eight solo and 30 assisted, he also recorded three tackles-for-a-loss of three yards on the season.Against FresnoState (11/11) he recorded a season high seven tackles, two solo and five assisted.During the Aggies' final game, against Louisiana Tech (12/2), Fonoti tied his season-high seven tackles, and recorded his first career blocked kick.Against UTEP (9/30) and Southeaster Louisiana (8/31) he combined for ten tackles, and against Texas Southern he tallied his first career forced fumble.
2005 (Freshman): Fonoti played in eight games for the Aggies in 2005. He started the season on the offensive side of the ball at tight end, catching one ball for five yards against New Mexico (9/17). He then made the jump to defense at the linebacker spot. In four games at linebacker, Fonoti tallied eight tackles. Versus San JoseState h recorded a career-high three tackles. Fonoti also recorded a fumble recovery and a kick-off return for seven yards in 2005.
High School:Fonoti was a second team O’ahu Interscholastic Association East All-Star pick in 2004, leading the Red Raiders to a 9-2 record and the state semifinals. He was a two-year starter for the Red Raiders and played on the 2003 state championship team that went 13-0.
Personal: La’Auli Johnny Fonoti was born in Apia Samoa and is the son of Fonoti and Emaline. He has not decided on a major at New MexicoState.