Vainuku Picks Up Pac-12 Offer
Vaha Vainuku
Vaha Vainuku
West Recruiting Analyst
Posted May 11, 2011


Salt Lake City (Utah) East lineman Vaha Vainuku picked up his first offer this past week. The junior discusses the Cougar offer and his summer plans…

Salt Lake City (Utah) East lineman Vaha Vainuku has been under the radar for most of the spring. However, the junior was one of a couple of lineman that used the Badger Elite Lineman Challenge in Las Vegas to make a name for himself.

It appears that Cougars have had their eyes on the talented prospect for some time now.

“I just got offered by Washington State today,” said Vainuku. “They came down last year during the football season, during basketball season and again this spring. We have been talking a lot on the phone and Coach (Jody) Sears offered me.”

 Vainuku is excited to have his first offer in hand and to not have to worry about whether or not it would ever come.

“It is a relief,” said Vainuku. “It has been hard to just wait and try and fish for offers.”

Vainuku doesn't plan on making his decision soon, instead he will use the time to gather information on the schools he is considering and hopefully take a trip to Pullman.

“I have had a lot of people tell me to wait,” said Vainuku. “I plan on committing near signing day. I would like to get up to Washington State before I make a decision as well.”

The coaching staff at Washington State could see Vainuku playing on either side of the ball, and asked the junior for his preference.

“They could see me at offensive or defensive line,” said Vainuku. “They asked me what position I would rather play, I told them that I prefer defense.”

Vainuku has been hearing from some other Pac-12 programs as well as in-state schools and could see some of them offering in the very near future.

“I have been hearing from Utah and Utah State a lot, UCLA as well,” said Vainuku. “All of those teams want to see me at their camp and then they said they will offer.”

Vainuku isn't sure of his summer camp plans just yet, but is staying active throughout the spring.

“I lift after school with the football team, then run for the basketball team and finally I go out and work on the shot put with the track team,” said Vainuku. “I am planning to attend the all-poly camp in Utah and then some team camps.”

 


Jake Worthen is a West Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com.
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