‘Big V' Talks Top Three

Sooners Illustrated caught up with Top 100 2012 offensive tackle prospect Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Hala-pulluh-Vaa-tee Vy-tie) out of Haltom High School in Haltom City, Texas. Check inside to see what he had to say!

In only his second season at left offensive tackle, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who is also known as ‘Big V' or ‘Vaati', is already a well known prospect on the recruiting scene.

As a sophomore, ‘Big V' battled Reggie Wilson, a five-star defensive end that is now suiting up and playing for the Texas Longhorns, every day in practice. And rumor has it ‘Big V', who is of Tongan decent, held his own.

"At first I didn't want to go against him because he was that good," Vaitai began. "He always called out my name every day in practice so he could help me get better. And every practice I seemed to get better and better because of him. It was tough going against him but I got used to him.

With the 2010 season only three games in, Vaitai talked about how he has developed his game and played so far as a junior.

"I have played good," Vaitai said. "I have made a lot of mistakes but those are fixable but overall I've played pretty good."

During the summer Vaitai attended camps at Oklahoma and Baylor and he had a good opportunity to work with OU offensive line coach James Patton.

"The way they taught me how to drive the defender, it works to perfection," ‘Big V' stated. "And they taught us how to kick step but at Haltom we don't do the kick step. But yea, it was good."

"When I was at the Oklahoma camp he (Patton) talked to me a lot and we got to know each other."

At the moment Vaitai states that he has offers from Baylor and Texas Tech. So it's only fitting that they would be in his top three along with another school north of the Red River.

"My top three I would say is Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas Tech," Big V stated.

‘Big V' talked about what it is about Oklahoma that has them in his top three and he summed it up in one short sentence.

"They have a good football program, nice facilities and a good coaching staff!"

‘Vaati' isn't the only offensive line prospect in his family; there is also William Vaitai and Kevin Vaitai who are twins and his little brothers. William and Kevin are also 2012 OL prospects. ‘Big V' plays left tackle and stands at about 6-foot-6 and 255-pounds, William plays left guard and stands at about 6-foot-2 and 298-pounds and Kevin plays center and is pushing 6-foot-2 and 270-pounds.

Since Pee Wee football the three brothers have played with each other on the same team every year. Which sounds like it will definitely weigh in on ‘Big V's' decision when that time comes and in a perfect world they will all be able to continue playing together in college.

"I'm just waiting for a school to offer all three of us. But I am going to wait and see what happens my senior year and then make my decision. If there isn't a school that has offered all three of us then we will split."

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