Vainuku impressed with ASU visit

Eureka (Calif.) High School standout Soma Vainuku began his official visit circuit in Tempe, and despite the abbreviated trip the linebacker took away a lot of positives from his trip to the Sun Devils.

"I had a banquet tonight so I was there just on Friday," said the 6-1 255 Soma Vainuku. "But the visit was awesome. I was hosted by Will Sutton and had a good time hanging out with him and the rest of the players. I got to meet all the coaches and the staff, and got a tour of the campus.

"It was a good time there and I really liked it. I wished I could stay longer but I had to go back home."

Vainuku stated that one aspect of his visit did stand out to him over the rest.

"The academic support there is great," the linebacker commented. "They really push you to get good grades and study hard and that's the kind of college I want to go."

The Eureka product naturally spent considerable time talking to Arizona State's defensive coordinator and linebackers' coach Craig Bray, and mentioned how much he enjoyed talking to him about non-football topics and getting to know him.

When the discussion did revolve around X's and O's, Vainuku said that he could see himself as possibly being part of the maroon and gold defense. The linebacker was drawn to the personnel and the scheme on this side of the ball for ASU.

"Obviously they are a good defense because they were number one in the Pac-10 this year," said Vainuku. "I think they'll be like that for the next couple of years. Having players like Vontaze Burfict, Will Sutton and Lawrence Guy makes them a good team. I think I would fit in there nicely because I love to run around and hit people too. That's the type of player I am."

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

When we last talked to the linebacker he was scheduled to trip to Oregon State and Hawaii this month, yet now only one of those schools is expected to get a visit from him.

"I'm visiting Oregon State on the 29th," Vainuku remarked. "Because I don't feel comfortable yet with any school I'm going to probably sign after signing day. I'm planning to visit USC the weekend after signing day."

"I might take a trip to BYU too, but I don't have a date. When I take all my visits I'll sign right after that last visit."

Vainuku had an outstanding year as a running back collecting 2,202 yards and 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.


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