Checking in with Vaitai

Manaaki Vaitai could not have had a better junior season. His Trinity High School football team won the state championship in the largest classification in Texas, and he subsequently received and accepted a scholarship offer from his favorite college team. caught up with the monster lineman as he finished a well earned vacation to Utah.

If possible, Manaaki Vaitai would like to improve upon his performance in 2005. That desire brought him to Utah where he attended the All Poly Camp in Bountiful both weeks of BYU's youth football camp. When the camps were finished, the 6-foot-3, 295-pound offensive guard is took a little time to relax with family and friends before heading back to the grind of summer practice in Euless, Texas.

"It's been going pretty good," said Vaitai. "I went up to the All-Poly camp but I didn't really participate. I have a few cousins up there, so that's why I went."

While in Provo, Vaitai got a chance to meet and mingle with a few of his fellow BYU commits. Alaskan Eathyn Manumaleuna and Hawaiian Kaneakua Friel both spent time with their future teammate during the first week of camp at BYU.

"I met some of the new kids that also committed to BYU," said Vaitai. "I met the boy from Alaska that committed. I think he is Coach Anae's nephew. I met the guy from Hawaii who committed to BYU too. I also met some other guys who committed. I think they're all really good kids, and I think BYU did a good job in offering and getting those guys to come."

While participating in the BYU camp, Vaitai suffered a minor knee injury. With a state football title to defend and his college decision already made, Vaitai decided to sit out the rest of camp.

"I participated and then I hurt my knee so I just sat out and watched," said Vaitai. "It was just a precaution."

Vaitai will soon return return home where he will continue preparations for his final season at Trinity. He believes he will be a better player because of what he learned this summer.

"I got a chance to learn some new technique and was able to work on my footwork and stuff like that," said Vaitai. "Everything's been good."

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