Cards announce JUCO signee Vatuvei

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino officially announced the signing of junior-college transfer Pio Vatuvei on Tuesday. A defensive lineman from the College of San Mateo, Vatuvei will enroll at U of L this summer.

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino added a key piece to his recruiting class with a late junior-college commitment last week.

On Tuesday, Petrino made the addition official. He announced that College of San Mateo defensive lineman Pio Vatuvei is the 23rd member of the Cardinals' recruiting Class of 2014.

"We filled a big need on the defensive line with the addition of Pio Vatuvei," Petrino said in a release. "He is a big, athletic defensive lineman who we are extremely excited about. He will be a great addition to our defensive front."

A three-star prospect, Vatuvei attended Patterson (Calif.) High School and originally committed to USC. He signed with Washington and played in nine games as a freshman, recording seven tackles as a true freshman. He totaled a pair of tackles against nationally ranked LSU and was credited with a career-high three stops in a win over Portland State.

After one season at Washington, Vatuvei spent a season at San Mateo. He had 35 tackles, including 6.5 sacks, in 11 games.

In high school, Vatuvei was named to the Division II first-team All-State team by MaxPreps and was also named to Cal-Hi Sports All-State team. He was also named a member of the Tacoma News-Tribune's "Western 100."

Vatuvei has two years of eligibility remaining and will enroll at U of L this summer.

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