William & George Vea Next Brother Pair at BYU?

BYU's football roster has seen many brother combinations over the years. The Vea brothers from American Samoa hope to continue the tradition in Provo.

George and William Vea's journey from the U.S. island territory was a long and complicated one. After living with their grandmother, they moved to Hawaii with their aunt, which ultimately led them to move in with family friends in Alamo, Nev., about 90 miles north of Las Vegas.

Though the relocations may have been a nuisance, their last move has done wonders for their fledgling high school football fortunes.

George Vea, the older of the two, is 6-0, 205 pounds, is only a junior in high school. With 4.6/40 speed, he plays running back and middle linebacker. "I prefer to play linebacker. I love to hit," George said.

Although he loves playing on defense, he is far from being a slouch on offense. Last year he had 40 carries for 287 yards in one game. He was First Team All-Conference on defense and Second Team All-Conference on offense as a sophomore.

George is a punishing football player with a 36-inch vertical leap. He also carries a 2.85 GPA and is receiving recruiting mail now from Arizona State, Oregon, Washington, Purdue, BYU, and UNLV.

While he has been strongly courted by Omega and Faauo Faga, friends who play at UNLV, BYU is where his heart is. "I would love to go to BYU." George said. "I like the fact that there are other members of the LDS church up there. I plan on serving a mission and I have family in Utah."

George did not attend any camps this summer because he and his brother William went to Samoa to visit family they hadn't seen in four years. However, they plan to attend camps next summer, most likely at UNLV and BYU.

Although the Vea brothers play in a Div. 1A league in Nevada (smallest schools), it is still very competitive and has produced its fair share of Div. 1 football players. Last year, three players from their league received Div. 1 scholarships.

William Vea, the younger of the brothers, is a sophomore this fall. At 6-1 and 195 pounds, William also runs a 4.6/40. The brothers worked hard this off-season to get stronger and faster.

They said they wanted to get into the 4.4-4.5/40 range by the time they graduate.

In Pahranagat Valley High School's home opener last week, William ran for 122 yards with George serving as an effective decoy. George was impressive again on defense last Friday with 13 solo tackles and two assists. Seven of his defensive stops were for losses.

Most teams have honed in on George, which opened the game up for William. Like his brother, William said would love to play for BYU – where they can continue their close relationship and achieve a dream of playing college football together.

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