Corona Backer has Cats in Top Two

Between the safety and linebacker positions the Wildcat coaching staff seems to want to add three or four prospects for the 2007 class. So far early in the recruiting season they have one commitment from a pure linebacker in Terrance Pritchett and they are in the top two for one of the better hybrid linebacker/safety prospects on the west coast.

Corona, California High School linebacker Nate Vaiomounga has seen his stock rise over the past few weeks as he has garnered an even six offers. In that same time frame he has seen the amount of mail he receives nearly double.

"I think recruiting is going very good for me so far," said the 6-foot, 200 pound athlete. "I have offers now from Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho, San Diego State and Boise (State). I am getting mail from a lot of west coast schools and mostly Pac-10 schools."

Throughout the spring evaluation period Vaiomounga has not been able to get out to very many camps due to family obligations but said that he is going to try and go see some schools this summer.

"I went to a camp at Boise and I had fun with that," he said. "I wanted to go to more camps and see more schools but it is hard because it is hard to get away. I have a lot of things I have to do at home and I have to work out with my coaches at the school so it is hard to get away and go to camps and stuff."

On the field Vaiomounga said that some people have compared him to former USC safety Troy Polamalu. It is a comparison that makes Nate smile.

"Coach (Mike) Canales from the Wildcats said that he thinks I play like Troy and that made me laugh," said Vaiomounga of his lead recruiter. "It feels really good that anybody would think that I play like he does. He (Canales) is recruiting me from Arizona and I like him a lot, he makes me laugh and he is cool to talk to."

Though it is early in the recruiting process, Vaiomounga did admit that two schools are really starting to stand out to him.

"I don't really have a list of schools that I like the most," he admitted. "I like pretty much everyone because they like me but the Wildcats and probably Colorado stands out right now. My coach really likes Arizona and he said that it would be great for me to go there. He thinks I fit in with what they run and how they play."

Nate went on to say that he is trying to put together a trip to Tucson this summer so he can check out the campus and meet the coaching staff.

"I want to try and go there this summer," he said. "I want to try and go when they are in their camp so I can see the players up close and watch the coaches and see how they play. I really like Arizona."

Nate does not have a time frame for a decision and just said that he will pull the trigger whenever he feels the time is right.

Stay with for all the latest on Nate and the rest of U of A's top targets for the Class of 2007.

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