California DB loves South, LSU

LSU freshman quarterback Rick Clausen said one of his reasons for wanting to leave his home state of California was the fact that football enjoys an elevated status in the South, whereas it's an afterthought on the West Coast. This year, another California prospect has his sights set on heading South for many of the same reasons.

L'lario Vital, a 5-foot-11, 192-pound athlete from Oakland-McClymonds, was born in Houston and has often stated he would love to play football in the South or back in Texas.

"Football is just huge back there, it's totally different than how it is on the West," Vital said. "It would be a dream come true to play college football and live back in the South. Like I said before, if one of those schools in the SEC went ahead and offered me, I might just commit to them on the spot."

Vital has had a great season thus far playing running back and safety. In five games, he's rushed for 877 yards and scored 14 touchdowns and is coming off back-to-back 200-yard games.

Defensively, he's a big hitter in the secondary and has four interceptions while also seeing action at linebacker.

"I'm mostly being recruited as a safety, but linebacker is cool, too," Vital says, "because it allows me to be closer to the action and make a lot more plays."

On the recruiting front, Vital has two visits set up and is working on a third.

"I'm going to Colorado Nov. 23 with my teammates David Gray and Tyrone Henderson and Fresno State is Nov. 30," Vital said. "I've been talking a lot with LSU. They call me every week and want me to come for a visit. The date we've been throwing around is Nov. 9, so hopefully we can get that set up.

"They've (LSU coaches) seen my film and said they want to offer, but are waiting for my SAT score. I just took the test last Saturday and I feel pretty good about how I did. I know I have those other visits set up, but if LSU offers me on my visit, I'll probably just go ahead and commit right there. I like them that much."

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