Vainuku Sticks With Utah

Vaha Vainuku is anxious to restart his football career as the former star lineman at Salt Lake City (East), Utah went on his Mormon mission after graduating from high school. He has completed that mission and is ready to go to college and play football. He recently visited Oklahoma State and was set to make an official visit on Nov. 15 but said he will not be making a second trip to Stillwater.

"I thought it was good and I really liked Stillwater and Oklahoma State, but I think I'm going to stay close to home," Vainuku said.

"I have a lot of family here and I was committed to Utah before I left on my mission. I'm going to stay with Utah. Oklahoma State offered and if I was selfish then I would go and play for the Cowboys, but I talked to my folks and it is best that I stay around here."

Vainuku would have given some maturity to the defensive tackle position likely at Oklahoma State, and now he'll add that maturity to Utah. It is a process that the schools in Utah, in Arizona and the Southern California area especially are used to in getting players back from religious mission for the Mormon church.

Oklahoma State is getting a recruiting visit for the Texas game from current East linebacker Christian Folau as he confirmed his official visit for that weekend with Scout's Doug Kimmel.


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