Vainuku beginning his official visits

Eureka (Calif.) High School standout is one of the highest rated 2010 prospects who has yet to begin his official visit circuit.'s 33rd best middle linebacker is being pursued by several Pac-10 schools, among them his first official visit stop: Arizona State.

"Recruiting is going really well with Arizona State," said the 6-1 255 Soma Vainuku. "Coach Christian visited me right before the break. I'm getting to see what they have to offer and so far I'm really liking it. I'm going down there for a visit on the 15th.

"Arizona State is building a good program there."

The Sun Devils offered Vainuku a scholarship last summer. Oregon State, Washington, San Diego State, Hawaii and Arizona all offered scholarships as well.

"Besides Arizona State I'm visiting Oregon State on the 22nd Hawaii on the 29th," Vainuku remarked. "I do like USC and Arizona and I'm still working on dates for those visits."

Vainuku had an outstanding year as a running back collecting 2,202 yards, 38 touchdowns, and averaging 8.74 yards a carry. He was instrumental in the Loggers' 12-2 record in a season which culminated with capturing the CIF-NCS D-II championship.

The Eureka two-way athlete was voted first-team All-County and league MVP.

"Most schools are recruiting me as a middle linebacker," Vainuku commented. "Only USC and Washington are recruiting me also as a fullback. I really don't have a preference which position to play and I know that whatever a school I'm going to end up at will play me at the best position for me at the next level.

"I'm a good tackler, and I could get better in pass coverage."

Vainuku reported a benching mark of 365 lbs., as well as a power clean of 315 lbs. and squatting of 400 lbs. He claimed that distance won't be a factor when choosing a school and overall is naturally looking to land in a good program.

"I want to go to a school that will benefit me the most," Vainuku explained. "I want to go to a place where I feel comfortable and get an opportunity to play.

"I'm probably going to take all my visits before I make a decision. I want to make sure that I get to see all my options and not leave anything out."

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