Midlands: Commitments and Offers
Halapoulivaati Vaitai
Halapoulivaati Vaitai
Regional Manager
Posted Apr 30, 2011


The Spring evaluation period is in full gear right now, and colleges are out scouring the country for the next big thing. Offers are being extended and prospects are able to get a clearer picture for where they stand with certain schools. But the big news was the commitments of two Scout300 members from Texas.

Vaitai Commits to Tech


His name is Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Some people who know him at Haltom City High just call him ‘Vaati’. Others call the 6-foot-6, 260 pounder ‘Big V’.

Now you can call him a Texas Tech Red Raider

The Scout.com four-star prospect confirmed with Scout.com on Friday that he had pulled the trigger on a commitment to play his college ball in Lubbock under the tutelage of Tommy Tuberville.

Vaitai’s original plan was to wait and announce at the U.S. Army Bowl in January, but after taking everything in to account and talking with his family he felt that the time was right.

Vaiati has the length and tenacity to be a left or right tackle on the next level. He does not have the ideal size right now, but in time he could be truly special.

Horned Frogs Add 4-Star


Schools from all over the region were hot on the trail of Devonte Fields, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound defensive end from Arlington Martin High in Texas. He had over a dozen offers.

“Fields has 20 plus BCS offers and (he) has accepted an invitation to play in the Under Armour All America game,” said Martin head coach Robert Wager about his prized recruit, who will be the second consecutive player from the school to play in the post-season All-American contest.

Most thought that he would not only follow former Warrior teammate Danzel Williams to play in the UA game, but they thought that he would follow him to the University of Oklahoma.

But Fields ended those thoughts by making the commitment to TCU, a school that is becoming more and more of a formidable recruiting force with improving facilities and the move to a BCS conference backing up the recent success they have sustained on the field.

It also did not hurt that TCU was one of the first schools to step up to the plate with a scholarship offer.

Big Week for Texas QB


Preston Dewey, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound quarterback from St Andrew’s High in Texas is a prospect who saw his stock rise just before the evaluation period as BCS schools like UCLA and Utah stepped to the plate with scholarship offers.

A number of other programs have been showing the gunslinger serious interest. But he has been an even hotter name after being named as the MVP and Golden Gun Accuracy Award winner at the Regional Elite 11 stop at TCU.

This week was probably equally exciting.

He was named as an Under Armour All-American. LSU, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Miami all dropped by the school to see him in the past week and around 20 or so other programs are scheduled to check him out in the coming days and weeks.

Miami must have liked what they saw, because they stepped up to the plate with a scholarship offer on Friday evening. His third BCS offer so far, but it should not be the last… Stay tuned.

Coleman a WR or a DB?


The Oklahoma Sooners accepted a commitment from cornerback De’Vante Harris on Thursday, but the school is still looking to add at least one more corner to the class and they have extended an offer to talented Richardson Pearce athlete Corey Coleman to fill that role.

Coleman has previously stated that he would rather play on the offensive side of the ball in college and when we last talked with him face-to-face at the Nike Camp a couple of weeks back he said that he had a firm final two of Baylor and Oklahoma State.

Since that time he has confirmed that Baylor has a lead on the other schools and they are offering him the chance to play on offense. Could an offer from Oklahoma have him thinking about trying to get a grasp on his defensive mind frame?

At this point the smart money is still on him to wind up as a Baylor Bear, but the longer it plays out the more of a chance the Sooners have to close the ground.


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